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Almost Christmas (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 November 2016 (USA)
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A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

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Walter
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Rachel
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Aunt May
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Christian
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Lonnie (as JB Smoove)
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Evan
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Brooks
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Sonya
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Malachi
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Niya (as Nadej Bailey)
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Cameron
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Dee
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Eric (as DC Young Fly)
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Jasmine
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A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

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Five days together? Oh joy.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2016 (USA)  »

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A Meyers Christmas  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,564,000 (USA) (11 November 2016)

Gross:

$41,715,860 (USA) (23 December 2016)
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2.35 : 1
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This is Young Fly's first movie. See more »

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[Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them]
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Machine Gun
Written by Milan Williams
Performed by The Commodores (as Commodores)
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It's overall barely lovable but has some funny momoents.
11 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Almost Christmas is not even almost original. It is larded with clichés and stereotypes about a black dysfunctional family celebrating the 5 days until Christmas. Along the way is the usual squabbling, infighting, and romance with a very heavy dose of sentiment about patriarch Walter's (Danny Glover) loss of his wife, and their mother, a year ago.

The intermittent episodes of grief for her are too many and sap the comedy from the film. Yes, some amusing moments creep in and out, especially the dinner scene where an errant husband played by a writer, actor, J.B. Smoove receives his comeuppance. The timing is as good as that of the best comedies of the Three Stooges or Martin and Lewis.

Mo'Nique as Aunt May steals the show with black mamma stereotyping but a real flare for comedy that makes the cliché feel fresh. Although her language is frequently peppered with variations of "your ass," she has a twinkle that brings out the house's laughter.

All dad wants as a present is for them to get along. Most of the time they don't, but, hey, if they did, there'd be no action worth chronicling.


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