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Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

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Nothing Like the Holidays is a movie starring John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodríguez, and Debra Messing. A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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(as Alfredo De Villa)

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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edy Rodriguez
... Anna Rodriguez
... Jesse Rodriguez
... Johnny
... Ozzy
... Mauricio Rodriguez
... Sarah Rodriguez
... Roxanna Rodriguez
... Marissa
Alexander Bautista ... Hector
... Fernando
... Alexis
... Tina
Cheryl Hamada ... Dr. Susan Lee
Manny Sosa ... Father Torres
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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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12 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Humboldt Park  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,531,664, 14 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,502,429, 25 January 2009
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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 »

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When the family is first gathered around and everyone starts urging Roxanne to "Say the line," Someone actually shouts, "Jesse, say the line," when Jesse is Roxanne's brother. See more »

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Christina Agulara and Katie Holmes were originally cast in roles. See more »

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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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To Let Go
Written by Twee Lam, Robin Reeves and George Renwick
Performed by Twee Lam (as Twee)
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Seen it before....but enjoyable nonetheless
25 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Sort of a Puerto Rican version of "The Family Stone", this holiday movie may be lacking in originality but more than makes up for it with it's humor and heart. Very talented cast of actors, especially Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, and Alfred Molina make this family one you care about. I certainly didn't mind spending an hour and a half getting to know them.

My only criticism was Debra Messing who never quite had a handle on who her character was; at first seeming like an uptight bitch but then making a far-fetched complete turnaround. I also thought that the subplot with Jay Rodriguez's character seeking revenge on the man who had murdered his brother was underwritten and overall not necessary for this story.

But these are small bones to pick. The movie ultimately achieved its goal; it entertained me and gave me a much needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.


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