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Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

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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.

Director:

Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa (as Alfredo De Villa)

Writers:

Alison Swan (screenplay), Rick Najera (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Molina ... Edy Rodriguez
Elizabeth Peña ... Anna Rodriguez
Freddy Rodríguez ... Jesse Rodriguez
Luis Guzmán ... Johnny
Jay Hernandez ... Ozzy
John Leguizamo ... Mauricio Rodriguez
Debra Messing ... Sarah Rodriguez
Vanessa Ferlito ... Roxanna Rodriguez
Melonie Diaz ... Marissa
Alexander Bautista Alexander Bautista ... Hector
Ramses Jimenez ... Fernando
Manny Perez ... Alexis
Claudia Michelle Wallace ... Tina
Cheryl Hamada Cheryl Hamada ... Dr. Susan Lee
Manny Sosa 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humboldt Park See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$7,502,429, 25 January 2009
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Original working title was to be "Humboldt Park." See more »

Goofs

When Jesse is talking with his father in the bedroom, his arm position changes between shots. See more »

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

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Johnny's Jingle - Johnny's Home Media Emporium
Written, Arranged and Produced by Johnny 'Koolout' Starks and Earl Powell
Performed by Johnny 'Koolout' Starks
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A Latino Christmas for all
14 December 2008 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) The whole Rodriguez family is rejoicing and celebrating the reunion of all of their family members coming together to be with their father, Edy Rodriguez (Alfred Molina), and their mother, Anna (Elizabeth Pena), in their Chicago home during Christmas. They have come from around the world, especially, their youngest son, Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), who has just returned from Iraq after being wounded. Jesse's older sister, Roxanna (Vanessa Ferlito), is a struggling actress who flew in from Los Angeles. The oldest son, Mauricio (John Leguizamo), is a successful attorney married to Sarah (Debra Messing), a hedge fund manager who drove in from Manhattan. The children are surprised when their mother announces to them at the dinner table that she wants a divorce, and their father doesn't even put up a fight. The entire family is put into an uproar and begins to question their future.

(My Comment) This story is a slice of ethnic life focusing on the Puerto Rican community in west Chicago's Humboldt Park district with a predominantly Latino cast. A large part of the movie was filmed inside the house with everybody joking around, arguing, and reconnecting with each other. The storyline is exactly like any family saga, but told with a different accent. The script is fairly predictable with no unexpected moments; you know exactly what is coming next. As in all families, when a real crisis happens, the whole family comes together. There are several scenes that tend to be contrived. Overall this Christmas movie is entertaining and can be enjoyed by all, and not only an ethnic audience. (Overture Films, Run Time 1:33, Rated PG-13)(6/10)


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