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Nothing Like the Holidays -- The far-flung members of the Rodriguez family converge at their parents' home to face what may be their last Christmas together in this heart-warming holiday comedy.
Nothing Like the Holidays -- This is the theatrical trailer for Nothing Like the Holidays, directed by Alfredo De Villa.
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Nothing Like the Holidays -- Nothing Like the Holidays cast members perform a skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Nothing Like the Holidays -- Clip: The christening gown


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Writers (WGA):
Alison Swan (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 December 2008 (USA) See more »
A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together. | Full synopsis »
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Alfred Molina ... Edy Rodriguez

Elizabeth Peña ... Anna Rodriguez

Freddy Rodríguez ... Jesse Rodriguez

Luis Guzmán ... Johnny

Jay Hernandez ... Ozzy

John Leguizamo ... Mauricio Rodriguez

Debra Messing ... Sarah Rodriguez

Vanessa Ferlito ... Roxanna Rodriguez

Melonie Diaz ... Marissa
Alexander Bautista ... Hector

Ramses Jimenez ... Fernando

Manny Perez ... Alexis

Claudia Michelle Wallace ... Tina
Cheryl Hamada ... Dr. Susan Lee
Manny Sosa ... Father Torres
David Hernandez ... Mr. Flores
Sam Dyer ... Customer
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina ... Alexis' Mom
Ulises Acosta ... Stock Boy

Gail Rastorfer ... Stewardess
Ana María Alvarez ... Gladys

Marcia Wright ... Female Patron
Jessica Zweig ... Brunette

Jessica Camacho ... Blonde
Eduardo N. Martinez ... Bartender (Julio's) (as Eddie Martinez)

Jaslene Gonzalez ... Fine Girl
Michael Reyes ... Party Goer

Brian Sills ... Josh (Agent) (voice)
Tanya Saracho ... Sister Maria
Brandy McClendon ... Woman with Babies

Llou Johnson ... Van Driver

Patrick Zielinski ... Snoring Guy
Cedric Young ... Spencer
Gennae Bewernick ... Hero Singer
Johnny 'Koolout' Starks ... Alexis' Thug

Tony Castillo ... Suitor (Tony)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Debbi Burns ... Nurse (uncredited)

Riley Chai ... Neighborhood Kid (uncredited)

Piper Curda ... Neighborhood Kid (uncredited)

Sue Durso ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Jeremy Isaiah Earl ... Thug (uncredited)

Golbon Eghtedari ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kelvin Felix ... Extra (uncredited)
Jamie Louachai ... Waitress (uncredited)

Al Marchesi ... Neighbor Dancer (uncredited)

Letitia D. Murray ... Nurse (uncredited)
Christopher L. Parson ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Katie Teston ... Family Member (uncredited)
Rahul Thakkar ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Charles E Tiedje ... Marine Buddy (uncredited)
Lisa Wolf ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa  (as Alfredo De Villa)
Writing credits
Alison Swan (screenplay) and
Rick Najera (screenplay)

Robert Teitel (story) &
Rene M. Rigal (story)

Produced by
Reid Brody .... executive producer
Thomas J. Busch .... co-producer
Paul Kim .... executive producer
Rene M. Rigal .... executive producer
Freddy Rodríguez .... executive producer
Robert Teitel .... producer
George Tillman Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Oakenfold 
Cinematography by
Scott Kevan 
Film Editing by
John Coniglio 
Amy E. Duddleston 
Casting by
J.C. Cantu 
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Daniel B. Clancy 
Art Direction by
Stephanie Gilliam 
Costume Design by
Susan Kaufmann 
Makeup Department
Karen Lynn Accattato .... makeup department head
Eadra Brown .... assistant hair stylist
Mary 'Dugan' Buono .... additional assistant hair stylist
Marcus Davis .... barber
Helen Marchfield .... additional assistant hair stylist
Ross Martucci .... key makeup artist
Cheryl Pickenback .... department head hair stylist (as Cheryl Pickenpack)
Joyce Taft .... makeup artist
Production Management
Wileen Dragovan .... assistant production manager
Vail Romeyn .... supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Deigl .... second assistant director
Michelle Gonsiorek .... second second assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... first assistant director
Andy Spellman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Myke Adams .... art production assistant
Kimberly Clancy .... buyer
Chris Cleek .... set designer
Chewie K. Darsow .... art department intern
Jeff Errico .... storyboard artist
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter
Michael Fatigato .... painter
Thomas J. Glynn .... on-set dresser
Kyle Holden .... set dresser
Steve Hull .... carpenter
Quentin Matthys .... gang boss
Jason Negron .... construction
Matthew J. Norskog .... second on-set dresser
John H. Schulz .... paint supervisor
John J. Slove Jr. .... construction coordinator
Charles E Tiedje .... props
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master
Debra Toppel .... greens foreman
Scott Troha .... leadman
Käthe Walton .... props
Kho Wong .... art department coordinator
Rob Yale .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Eakins .... adr editor
Jim Gaudio .... cableman
Alexander James Gross .... cable person
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Adam Mohundro .... playback operator
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator
Mandell Winter .... dialogue editor
James Wright .... Dolby Sound Consultant
Visual Effects by
Greg Cheng .... digital artist
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Roger Mocenigo .... digital compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels, Inc.
Phillip Palousek .... visual effects coordinator
Martha Soehendra .... digital compositor
Bob Wiatr .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Sebastien Betsch .... digital painter (uncredited)
Raul Colon III .... stunt driver
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunt double
James Fierro .... stunt driver
Marie Fink .... stunt double: Debra Messing & Vanessa Ferlito
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt double: Freddy Rodriguez
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt driver
Almas Meirmanov .... stunt performer
Natalie M. Meyer .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert E. Arnold .... rigging grip (as Robert Arnold)
Sam Bertone .... rigging gaffer
Fernando M. Briones .... key rigging grip
Mark Castelaz .... gaffer
Jonathan Clark .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Joseph Czerw .... dolly grip
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane technician
Geoffrey Fingerhut .... grip
Jim Handley .... best boy grip
Marty Hechinger .... additional electrician
Charles S. Hodes .... still photographer
John Hudecek .... dolly grip
E.J. Hunterman .... grip
Michael Kohnhorst .... director of photography: second unit
Matthew LeCrone .... additional electrician
Josh M. Levy .... additional grip
Jeremy Long .... electrician
David 'Louie' Lukasik .... best boy electric
Darryl Miller .... grip
David Morenz .... first assistant camera
Peter Morenz .... loader
Chris Mulsoff .... rigging best boy electric
Chris Murray .... grip
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... Steadicam operator
Kevin Pittman .... electrician
Keith Pokorski .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Don Powell .... rigging best boy grip
Elliot Rudmann .... camera trainee
Chris Ryerson .... key grip
Greg Still .... lighting technician
Christy Taddeo .... rigging grip
Seth Thomas .... additional grip
David Tomita .... grip
Jerry Tran .... electrician
Joe 'Jody' Williams .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator
Frank Yario Jr. .... video playback engineer
Jay W. Yowler .... chief lighting technician
Joe Carpita .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Darlene R. Hunt .... extras casting
Sharon D. King .... casting
Rachel Komar .... extras casting
Zon M. Pickens-Dumas .... casting assistant
Michelle Wade Byrd .... casting assistant (as Michelle Wade)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gretchen Gain .... assistant costume designer
Vanessa King .... costumer
Beth Morgan .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Louise Tillery .... wardrobe production assistant (as Jennifer Tillery)
Jeannie Vanko .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate colorist
Akkara Srauy .... post-production assistant
Jesse Wagler .... digital intermediate editor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Nora Felder .... music supervisor
Dan Garde .... music editor
Michael J. McEvoy .... composer: additional music
Michael J. McEvoy .... music arranger
Michael J. McEvoy .... music programmer
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Nick Taylor .... additional music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Thaddeus E. Larkowski .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kwame Amoaku .... key location assistant
Laurel Beck .... set production assistant
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Adam Berry .... assistant: John Leguizamo
Kyle Brooks .... location assistant
Marisia Brown .... production office intern
Maritza Cabrera .... stand in: Elizabeth Peña
Harold Caldwell .... payroll accountant
Raul Colon III .... stand-in
Taylor Estell .... production assistant
Jared Ferrie .... assistant: Mr. Teitel
Liz Goldsmith .... assistant location manager
Jorge Gomez .... consultant: Puerto Rican food
Nora Gomez .... consultant: Puerto Rican food
Eric Hingst .... key set production assistant
Holli Hopkins-McGinley .... set production assistant (as Holli Hopkins)
Ryan Jones .... assistant: Mr. Rigal
Robert Kreiling .... production assistant
Robert Labrecque .... production accountant
Christopher Lane .... additional set production assistant
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Gino Marconi .... stand-in: Freddy Rodriguez
Rhys McIntyre .... set intern
Tom Nicoll .... assistant: Debra Messing
Margaret J. Orlando .... production coordinator
Naomi K. Prescott .... office production assistant
Marcus 'Q' Quandt .... locations assistant
Paul Rathburn .... chef
Kevin Schroeder .... production assistant
Adam Slutsky .... additional set production assistant
Edy Soto .... assistant: Mr. de Villa
Adrienne Swan .... first assistant accountant
Margaret A. Thomas .... production coordinator
Giota Trakas .... stand-in
Jason Veley .... assistant: producer
Christopher Verone .... production staff
Mono Wilborn .... location manager
Dsoul Willis .... production assistant
Kameishia Wooten .... production assistant
Heli Soell .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Junot Diaz .... special thanks
Billy Ocasio .... special thanks: 26th Ward Alderman-Humboldt Park
Enrique Salgado Jr. .... special thanks: Executive Director of Division Business Street Development Association
Jason Veley .... special thanks
William Welton .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44680)
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Did You Know?

In the movie, Alfred Molina and Elizabeth Peña play John Leguizamo's parents. In reality they are 9 years and 3 years older than him, respectively.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Latino Family Christmas Well Cast But the Story Is Mired in Clichés, 28 November 2009
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

If you can envision mixing Thomas Bezucha's "The Family Stone" (2005) with Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" (still running on Broadway), you will get a rough idea of what this 2008 family drama is all about. It's refreshing to see a holiday feature focused on the vibrancy of the Hispanic community, and director Alfredo De Villa does an energetic job celebrating the ethnicity found in Chicago's Puerto Rican-dominated Humboldt Park neighborhood. However, he gets little help from the by-the-numbers screenplay by Rick Najera and Alison Swan, which is mired in clichés and stock characters. The story works strictly within predictable convention by using a Christmas family reunion as an excuse for melodramatic revelations and confrontations among its members.

The plot elements are laid on thick. The Rodriguez family is headed by jovial bodega owner Edy, whose recently secretive behavior has convinced his hot-tempered wife Emma that he is having an affair. She unceremoniously announces at the family dinner table that she wants to file for a divorce. Oldest son Mauricio has become a smug, rather insufferable New Yorker and brings with him his high-powered wife Sarah, an uptight gringo on the verge of managing her own $300 million hedge fund. Much to Emma's chagrin, they have decided to put off having children to focus on their careers. Looking battle-weary and acting disengaged, younger son Jesse has just come home from a tour of duty in Iraq to find his ex-girlfriend settled down with another man. Daughter Roxanna is a struggling actress in LA whom the neighborhood thinks is going to be the next big star. Her life gets complicated by a budding romance with ex-gang member Ozzy, who is tormented by the shooting death of his brother. And as if it isn't obvious, an old, ugly tree in the Rodriguez front yard stands as a symbol of the family's solidarity.

All the characters are sketched in broad strokes rather than developed with nuance, so the film feels more suitable as a TBS TV show. Nonetheless, the cast is likable and sometimes a bit more when given the chance. Alfred Molina ("Spider-Man 2"), a Brit of Spanish-Italian ancestry, has mastered a diverse array of ethnic roles in his career and plays Edy with convincing Latino flavor. Elizabeth Peña ("Lone Star") is a welcome sight as Emma. A surprisingly restrained John Leguizamo ("Moulin Rouge!") plays Mauricio, and an unsurprising Debra Messing ("Will and Grace") plays to type as Sarah. Effective albeit limited work comes from Vanessa Ferlito ("Grindhouse") as Roxana, Jay Hernandez ("World Trade Center") as Ozzy, and Luis Guzmán providing comic relief as a jokester cousin obsessed with his hair. The film's best performance comes from Freddy Rodriguez (Federico in "Six Feet Under") who realistically conveys Jesse's pain with a minimum of help from the trite script. Paul Oakenfold contributes the percolating soundtrack. The 200 DVD offers an entertaining commentary track from De Villa, Rodriguez, and producer Robert Teitel; a 12-minute featurette that reunites some of the cast members to discuss the making of the film; the original theatrical trailer; and the inescapable blooper reel.

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