The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve. Can they survive the most beautiful time of the year?

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Jessie Nelson

Writer:

Steven Rogers (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Rags (voice)
Diane Keaton ... Charlotte
John Goodman ... Sam
Ed Helms ... Hank
Alex Borstein ... Angie
Timothée Chalamet ... Charlie
Maxwell Simkins ... Bo
Blake Baumgartner ... Madison
Amanda Seyfried ... Ruby
Alan Arkin ... Bucky
Dan Amboyer ... Handsome Young Man at Diner
Marisa Tomei ... Emma
Scott Garan ... Department Store Security Guard
Dorothy Silver Dorothy Silver ... Mrs. Pinkins
Olivia Wilde ... Eleanor
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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 CBS Films

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Christmas means comfort, joy and chaos See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for thematic elements, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ed Helms and Jake Lacy previously worked together on The Office (2005). See more »

Goofs

The puppy shown at the beginning is definitely a Saint Bernard puppy, while the adult dog it should have grown into is an unknown kind, but obviously different. Even the muzzle colors are different. See more »

Quotes

Officer Williams: Try and be the person you want to become.
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Crazy Credits

During the last credits, there are some outtakes of the actors singing Christmas songs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Christmas Puppy (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Buckets of Rain
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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You'll either love it or hate it
15 November 2015 | by reneemsmSee all my reviews

I think this is one of those movies that you either love or hate. I loved it, my husband hated it. It definitely is a bit of a downer which is why I gave it a 7/10. It's not gonna be a movie that puts you in a holly jolly mood (at least not until the last 15 minutes). So I understand why many people disliked it. But with that said, I found the brutal honesty very charming. It felt real and still managed to have quite a few laughs in the midst of the drama. Very reminiscent of The Family Stone. I think if they hadn't marketed it as a comedy, so that people knew what to expect going in, it would have a better score right now. Something else that I noticed and loved was the way it was filmed. It was very beautifully shot, and there were lots of gorgeous close ups that, to me, made the scenes even better. And I really enjoyed how a few shots were filmed from the perspective of the children as they were running through crowds or stores etc. Very unique and added a little extra something (though maybe I only noticed because I'm a photographer). Probably not something kids will enjoy (there were more than a few in our theater and they didn't seem very interested).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Most Wonderful Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,317,545, 15 November 2015

Gross USA:

$26,302,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,426,912
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2.35 : 1
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