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Happy Christmas (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 2014 (USA)
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Happy Christmas is a movie starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, and Mark Webber. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jenny
... Kelly
... Kevin
... Carson
... Jeff
Jude Swanberg ... Jude
... Music Supervisor
Eldar Kim ... Cab Driver
... Party Host
Chris Renton ... Party Makeout Guy
... Landlord
Jessica Angelos ... Party Guest
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Harry Burton ... Party Guest
Tony Castro ... Party Guest
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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

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

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$70,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,523, 25 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,312, 11 September 2014
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Anna Kendrick and Mark Webber were also both in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. See more »

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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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Light of Love
Written by David Metcalf, Meredith Arthur and Adam Siegel
Performed by Music Go Music
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian
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Family Fallout at Festivus
18 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The low-key plot of Joe Swanberg's latest film is set in motion when a young woman breaks up with her boyfriend, and moves in with her brother, his wife and their toddler son. On Jenny's first night under Jeff and Kelly's roof, she displays her irresponsible tendencies when she goes to a party and gets seriously wasted, requiring her brother to be roused from his sleep to drive her home. Contrite over this bad beginning, Jenny suggests productive ways for Kelly to balance her creative impulses with the duties of motherhood. Unfortunately the dysfunctional behavior also persists, causing friction within the household which leads to more disruptions and minor confrontations.

'Happy Christmas' extends Swanberg's move away from the ultra-basic conventions of the 'mumblecore' school, but it's still a resolutely Indie production. The film's events are depicted with subtle humor as it focuses primarily on Jenny, and her relationship with her sister-in-law. Anna Kendrick portrays the feckless Jenny as charming, vulnerable, selfish and manipulative, while the support cast back her up with nice performances. Kendrick's nuanced character study is echoed by the story's understated resolution.


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