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On Strike for Christmas (2010)

Joy Robertson goes "on strike for Christmas" because her husband and sons are wrapped up in their own pursuits and providing no help whatsoever with the many Christmas preparations.

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Robert Iscove

Writers:

Jim Head (teleplay), Sheila Roberts (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daphne Zuniga ... Joy Robertson
David Sutcliffe ... Stephen Robertson
Victor Zinck Jr. ... Jeremy Robertson
Evan Williams ... Mark Robertson
Chelah Horsdal ... Sharon
Vincent Gale ... Keith
Julia Duffy ... Erna
Eli Brooks Eli Brooks ... Jeremy (Age 10)
Ian Brown ... Raymond E. Ziff
Alex Bruhanski ... Lewis
Jayden Burt Jayden Burt ... Jeremy (Age 6)
Nicholas Camacho Nicholas Camacho ... Mark (Age 14) (as Nicholas Camargo)
Olivia Cheng ... Television Reporter
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Mr. Gregory
Alisen Down ... Debbie
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Storyline

Joy Robertson's two sons will both be off to college next year, so she wants to make this "the best Christmas ever." Joy is feeling unappreciated, however, since her husband and sons are preoccupied with their own concerns, and providing no assistance with the many Christmas preparations, while still expecting Mom to handle all the arrangements for hubby's office party and parties for her sons' friends, as well. Inspired by a grocery workers' strike in town, Joy decides to follow suit, and goes "on strike for Christmas." Written by DVD-TCMjunkie

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weihnachtsstreik See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although Julia Duffy plays Daphne Zuniga's mother in this movie, she is only 11 years older than her. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen, Jeremy and Mark are trying to make the thumbprint cookies, they are using Rogers all-purpose flour. Rogers, a Canadian brand, would not be available in California where they live. Rogers, is however, local to the filming location of the movie, British Columbia. See more »

Quotes

Joy Robertson: Cookies and wine... the perfect holiday combination.
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Connections

References Norma Rae (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Kimberley Locke
Courtesy of Curb Records
Played during the opening credits
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Cancelling the festivities
19 November 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I can see why Daphne Zuniga, touted as the next big thing 30 years ago never made it big in the movies. She was never a good enough actress although she has always steadily worked.

Unfortunately this is really her level, a bland Christmas movie with no underlying meaning apart from appreciate the mother of the household. Although the script never makes clear what is bugging Joy Robertson (Zuniga.)

Is it because she feels taken for granted as the Christmas party season approaches or that her kids will soon fly the nest and she thinks she will lose her purpose?

She goes on strike by not intending to do anything for the festivities, other mothers join her and a television news show takes note of the developing human interest story.

A rather superficial and shallow movie with some actors looking too old to be playing teenagers.


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