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A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 22 November 2014 (Canada)
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Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

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Tristram Shapeero

Writer:

Phil Johnston (as Michael Brown)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Boyd Mitchler
Lauren Graham ... Luann Mitchler
Clark Duke ... Nelson Mitchler
Oliver Platt ... Hobo Santa
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Shauna Weinke
Tim Heidecker ... Dave Weinke
Candice Bergen ... Donna Mitchler
Robin Williams ... Virgil Mitchler
Pierce Gagnon ... Douglas Mitchler
Bebe Wood ... Vera Mitchler
Ryan Lee ... Rance Weinke
Amara Miller ... Pam Weinke
Mark Proksch ... Trooper Zblocki
Jeffrey Tambor ... Snow Globe Snowman (voice)
Amir Arison ... Farhad
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Storyline

Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Spend it with the ones you loathe

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG- 13 for language and crude humor throughout | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dari

Release Date:

22 November 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Friggin' Christmas Miracle See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Sycamore Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Robin Williams' second Christmas movie. He was in Noel, although an uncredited part. See more »

Goofs

Before he breaks the glass on his door, there is a flashback to his keys in his car. It shows a Schlage style key, yet when Robin Williams picks up the spare key it is a Kwik-Set style key...two very different keys. See more »

Crazy Credits

Cast credits appear next to child photos of the actors. See more »

Connections

References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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The Weather Outside
Written by Spencer Shapeero
Performed by Spencer Shapeero
Courtesy of Sycamore Music
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Robin Williams
19 April 2017 | by wellsmitchellSee all my reviews

I don't understand all this overly effusive praise for Robin Williams. One user indicated that Robin Williams was one if the greatest actors and comedians of all time. Neither is true. Far from it.

As a comedian he trafficked in racist stereotypes and cartoon-ish voices that accompanied his childish antics. May be somewhat amusing if your 12-years-old. But that's alright. Bored 12-year-olds buy a lot of movie tickets in the summer. That became Williams' bread and butter in the '90's. He got the roles that Sandler, Carey, Myers, and a long list of others passed on. Not that a guy like Sandler or even Carey were more talented actors, they were more relevant and well known do to recent SNL exposure. Williams was on TV in the '70's.

Robins did take a genius turn in the Fisher King. Revelatory. After his first into of fare in the '90's, he turned to morose and creepy supporting roles. He did this essentially until his death. He played morose well. He never really took another chance like he did in Fisher King. I don't know if he wasn't offered the roles or if he simply was comfortable in familiar territory.

This film was fine. Expectations were met. It was an adequate low budget-made for TV and not theaters-basic cable and you watch it cause you're bored film. It was what it was. Within that contextual framework I would say it was 7/10. This film is what it is and does a fair job at it.

The Godfather 2 or Citizen Kane it ain't. I think people need to temper their expectations and understand that you don't judge films such as this through comparisons to great art. This is a cheap movie that entertains you somewhat for 90 minutes. Judge it against its contemporaries which are other made for TV Christmas movies. This film compares favorably to most.


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