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Happy Christmas (2014)

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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 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 ... 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boldog karácsony See more »

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucky Coffee Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Kendrick wore her own clothes and did her own makeup for the entire film. See more »

Connections

References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Us
Written by Chris Prudhomme and Reese Donohue
Performed by Painted Palms
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian
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Why they made this movie?
24 November 2017 | by matti_kakiSee all my reviews

I don't know what to think about this movie. The first impression was that it was a home movie because of the picture quality (16mm), lack of lighting, shaky shooting and strange camera movements.

Anna Kendrick was showing her white teeth all the time when smiling thousand times exactly same manner which was odd. Perhaps she had new teeth and wanted to show them. These overly white and too perfect teeth look funny here in Europe because they don't look natural.

And why an Earth was this called Happy Christmas? I wanted to give only one star of ten just to warn people if they think that this was some kind of Xmas-movie and more over a happy one. Well. The kid was nice and that's why I watched the movie to the end.


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