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Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 December 2008 (USA)
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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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christmas | holidays | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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$3,531,664 (USA) (12 December 2008)

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$7,502,429 (USA) (23 January 2009)
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Of the main characters, only Freddy Rodríguez and Luis Guzmán are Puerto Rican, and John Leguizamo is half Puerto Rican and half Colombian. See more »

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Sarah claims that Mr. Kravitz "offered Brian Donaldson and I" a job in New York. Correct grammar: "offered Brian Donaldson and me". See more »

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Christina Agulara and Katie Holmes were originally cast in roles. See more »

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A Latino Christmas for all
14 December 2008 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

(Synopsis) The whole Rodriguez family is rejoicing and celebrating the reunion of all of their family members coming together to be with their father, Edy Rodriguez (Alfred Molina), and their mother, Anna (Elizabeth Pena), in their Chicago home during Christmas. They have come from around the world, especially, their youngest son, Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), who has just returned from Iraq after being wounded. Jesse's older sister, Roxanna (Vanessa Ferlito), is a struggling actress who flew in from Los Angeles. The oldest son, Mauricio (John Leguizamo), is a successful attorney married to Sarah (Debra Messing), a hedge fund manager who drove in from Manhattan. The children are surprised when their mother announces to them at the dinner table that she wants a divorce, and their father doesn't even put up a fight. The entire family is put into an uproar and begins to question their future.

(My Comment) This story is a slice of ethnic life focusing on the Puerto Rican community in west Chicago's Humboldt Park district with a predominantly Latino cast. A large part of the movie was filmed inside the house with everybody joking around, arguing, and reconnecting with each other. The storyline is exactly like any family saga, but told with a different accent. The script is fairly predictable with no unexpected moments; you know exactly what is coming next. As in all families, when a real crisis happens, the whole family comes together. There are several scenes that tend to be contrived. Overall this Christmas movie is entertaining and can be enjoyed by all, and not only an ethnic audience. (Overture Films, Run Time 1:33, Rated PG-13)(6/10)


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