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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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Of the main characters, only Freddy Rodríguez and Luis Guzmán are Puerto Rican, and John Leguizamo is half Puerto Rican and half Colombian. See more »

Goofs

Jesse's scar keeps changing color as the movie wears on. Starts out like a brown dried scar, then changes to bright red at other times. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cubanita
Written by Ramon Campos, Antoine Contreras, Ronny Gold, Jean Motos & Antoine Santiago
Performed by Los Ninos de Sara (as Los Niños De Sara)
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The Pressures of a Family Christmas More Honestly Portrayed
26 February 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

Some reviewers find this film not typical cheery holiday fare, comparing it to what they viewed as a happy Christmas film--It's A Wonderful Life--which, while a Christmas classic, could hardly be thought of as mindlessly cheerful, dealing as it does with the leading character's possible suicide and the likelihood of a divided town becoming a Potterville--where Lionel Barrymore and his bank win all the chips. Sure, the Capra tale has a happy ending, but the grim possibility of the little people losing their beloved homes to the banks seems a little prophetic in light of contemporary political gridlock and the foreclosure scandal. Its A Wonderful Life Is a fairy tale. A nice one, but a fairy tale. Nothing Like The Holidays is not. This little drama, hardly a comedy, is not typically mindless holiday fare, but an enjoyable watch, zeroing in on the problems that accumulate when a son returns at Christmas from Iraq to a family where his parents are considering divorce, a sister unable to make it as an actress, and a brother whose values seem to contrast with the Puerto Rican roots of his family. With Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina, Debra Messing and John Leguziamo all giving strong and likable central performances, and a script that holds the attention from start to finish, this is probably a more accurate portrayal of the way families spend their Christmas today--the good and the bad things that happen when folks get together hoping for the best but knowing that there are ghosts in the closets that may slip out now and then--and while no masterpiece, the 98 minutes seem to be an honest reflection that perhaps will comfort those of us not living a fairy tale.


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