When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.Written by
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Written by N. Paul Stookey (as Noel Paul Stookey), Elena Mezzetti and Tracy Batteast
Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Hate the Coopers (okay, not that bad)
First of all, I'm going to give my opinions on the movie. But if you want to know whether to watch, I'll say this much. If you like occasional comedy and one disaster after another during the holiday, and a family that has some pleasant and tender moments but mostly argues and criticizes, go ahead. It's not bad.
There were things I liked about this movie.
John Goodman never fails to please. He always plays such likable characters, even if they sometimes get angry.
Diane Keaton was mostly pleasant, except when criticizing family members. And she still looks good for her age.
June Squibb made me laugh as the senile aunt. Should she have? Was the humor in bad taste? Who cares?
Alan Arkin didn't make me as happy as Goodman, but he is pleasant enough and has an interesting relationship with his waitress. He and i go way back, starting with a TV series he did with his son.
Joe is mostly a likable character. I got concerned when it was suggested he drank the Fox News Kool-Aid and denied science and climate change. But he never really expressed such views and tried to get along with people.
Eleanor, on the other hand, is quite pretty to look at. She has some enjoyable scenes, and she and Joe together are fun, mainly when trying to deceive people about their relationship. But when she talks about her liberal views or argues with her mom, no thanks.
The two characters who should have been left out of the movie, in my opinion, are Emma and the cop. Emma and Charlotte as kids I liked, and I wish there had been more of that. Emma in the present, no. Didn't I have to tolerate Marisa Tomei for two hours in a romantic comedy? As for the cop, the photos of his family made me want to see more. Of them. Not necessarily him.
There were some pleasant scenes with the family, everything a Christmas celebration should be. Was that Diane Keaton singing? she's fantastic!
As for the music, there was good and there was bad. There were some Christmas songs done the way I want them to be. There were also two bad versions of "Carol of the Bells", and there have been plenty of those (at least Trans-Siberian Orchestra wasn't in this movie), though there was also one good one.
Lots of great decorations!
Was this family friendly? It was obviously cleaned up for TV. Maybe it would be okay. But the V-chip rating was TV-14 and that should mean something.
I've seen movies with families that have one disaster after another over the holidays. I've seen better.
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