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Surviving Christmas (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 October 2004 (USA)
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A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

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... Drew Latham
... Tom Valco
... Alicia Valco
... Christine Valco
... Brian Valco
... Doo-Dah
... Missy Vangilder
... Heinrich
... Horace Vangilder
... Letitia Vangilder
... Dr. Freeman
... Doo-Dah Understudy
... Kathryn
John 'B.J.' Bryant ... Cabbie (as John BJ Bryant)
... Suit
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It's the Christmas season. Wealthy Chicago ad executive Drew Latham has long avoided the family traditions of Christmas, but has dreaded being alone on the actual day. So when his tropical Christmas vacation with girlfriend Missy Vangilder falls through with Missy breaking up with him in the process, Drew, in going through some self-therapy, decides what he really needs is to relive the memorable Christmases from his childhood, which includes spending time with his parents and younger brother. As that is not possible, he decides to rent a family, namely ones he's never met before, the Valcos - husband and wife Tom and Christine and their teenaged son Brian - who now live in Drew's childhood home in suburban Chicago. Tom initially wants nothing to do with Drew until an exorbitant sum of money is involved, all written in a contract which expires at the end of Christmas day. What Drew is initially unaware of, or what he chooses to remain ignorant about, is that the Valcos are going ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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DreamWorks [United States]

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22 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sobrevivendo ao Natal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,441,356, 24 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,663,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,130,468
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Trivia

The original Christmas 2003 release date was pushed back ten months, to avoid competing with another Ben Affleck film, Paycheck (2003). Because of this, there's a 2003 calendar hanging in Brian's bedroom, near the door. See more »

Goofs

At 1.14 in, when Missy is outside in the car talking to Drew on the phone, the bracelet is clearly on her right wrist. Once inside the house the bracelet is now on her left wrist and stays there for the duration of the movie. See more »

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Drew Latham: Folks, my firm's done a tremendous amount of marketing research and we've discovered two critical things, one; most Americans feel that Christmas is a time for family. Two; most Americans feel that in order to stand being around their family, for even one or two days, they need to swill as much alcohol as humanly possible.
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Referenced in Will & Grace: Whatever Happened to Baby Gin? (2006) See more »

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Cherry Pie
Words and Music by Jani Lane
Performed by Warrant
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Not the usual formula
3 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had some reservations about this movie, I figured it would be the usual bill of fare --- a formula movie about Christmas. Being in the middle of a heat wave in late June, we decided to give it a shot anyway, maybe we would see some snow.

This movie turned out to be one laugh after another. Ben Affleck was believable in his character, but the real star of this one is James Gandofini. He delivered his lines with a real wit about him and made a great "dad".

If you want to have an enjoyable couple of hours, definitely check this one out.


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