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Happy Christmas (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 2014 (USA)
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After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

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Carson
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Jude
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Irresponsible 20-something Jenny arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff, a young film-maker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-cum-pot dealer. Written by Production

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Family is the gift that keeps on taking.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$70,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,523, 25 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,312, 11 September 2014
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Jeff (played by Joe Swanberg ) and the landlord (Kris Swanberg ) are married in real life. They have two children, one of them is Jude Swanberg who played Jude (Jeff's son) in the movie. See more »

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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Drive You Crazy
Written by Jennifer Wasner and Jonathan Ehrens
Performed by Dungeonesse
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29 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

OK it's mumblecore. You knew that before you hit the pay button. What did you expect? There is no script. It is actors improvising trying to be natural and create real drama out of pure inspiration. It's an interesting idea at least, especially for actors I imagine. You are not going to get bloody Shakespeare are you. But what you do get is a real sense of being present in the lives of the people involved. I feel like I know Joe Swanberg, or the gorgeous wife, or Lena Dunham... but most of all, and praise be to Jesus, it's like I know Anna Kendrick. She gives a superb performance of a very funny dysfunctional character with some very funny scenes and for me it was worth it just to watch her. The baby is hilarious too. It's about as entertaining as watching a real family fight going on if you are just a spectator. But hey, sometimes that is a lot of fun.


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