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Happy Christmas (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 2014 (USA)
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After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

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Joe Swanberg

Writer:

Joe Swanberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Kendrick ... Jenny
Melanie Lynskey ... Kelly
Mark Webber ... Kevin
Lena Dunham ... Carson
Joe Swanberg ... Jeff
Jude Swanberg Jude Swanberg ... Jude
Chris Swanson ... Music Supervisor
Eldar Kim Eldar Kim ... Cab Driver
Megan Mercier ... Party Host
Chris Renton Chris Renton ... Party Makeout Guy
Kris Swanberg ... Landlord
Jessica Angelos Jessica Angelos ... Party Guest
Mike Brune Mike Brune ... Party Guest
Harry Burton Harry Burton ... Party Guest
Tony Castro Tony Castro ... Party Guest
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Storyline

Irresponsible 20-something Jenny arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff, a young film-maker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-cum-pot dealer. Written by Production

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Family is the gift that keeps on taking.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,523, 25 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,312, 11 September 2014
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff (played by Joe Swanberg ) and the landlady (Kris Swanberg ) are married in real life. They have two children, one of them being Jude Swanberg, who played Jude (Jeff's son) in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Carson: I think you're so pretty. It's like you're *a lot* prettier than you feel like you are.
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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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No Class
Written and Performed by Joel Alme
Courtesy of Razzia Records
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Nothing terrible but not exciting or gripping at all. A disappointment after Drinking Buddies.
29 September 2014 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Let her prove to us that that was a one time thing." Jenny (Kendrick) has just gone through a bad breakup and decides to move in with her brother and his wife Kelly (Lynskey). Almost instantly she causes stress and is not the ideal house guest. Little by little she starts to calm down and even gets Kelly writing again. Jenny continues to struggle with her personal life and it continues to affect everyone around her. After watching and really liking Drinking Buddies I was looking forward to watching this. This movie had a very similar feel to that one as it feels like the dialog was pretty much made up on the spot. Drinking Buddies had something about it that made you really care for the characters and root for them. One of the problems with this movie is that everyone felt flat and I found it hard to make a connection with any of the characters. I'm not saying that this is a bad movie because it was OK but it really seemed to go nowhere. Overall, nothing terrible but not exciting or gripping at all. A disappointment after Drinking Buddies. I give it a B-


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