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El Camino Christmas (2017)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Crime | 8 December 2017 (USA)
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Eric comes to El Camino looking for his unknown dad. He's harassed, hit and jailed by a drunk local cop, who later shoots at a liquor mart with Eric +4 inside. The sheriff and deputy then shoot up the place, answering each other's fire.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dax Shepard ... Deputy Billy Calhoun
Kurtwood Smith ... Sheriff Bob Fuller
Luke Grimes ... Eric Norris
Emilio Rivera ... Vicente Santos
Kimberly Quinn ... Jewels
Cooper Thornton ... Stan the Weather Man
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Edna
Michelle Mylett ... Kate Daniels
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Carl Hooker
John Posey ... Old Farmer
Ashton Essex Bright ... Seth (as Ashton Bright)
Margarita Franco ... Dr. Kamjen
Jessica Alba ... Beth Flowers
Jimmy O. Yang ... Mike the Cameraman
Pam Cook ... Waitress Annie


The project, scripted by Melfi and writer Chris Wehner, is about a young man (Grimes) who seeks out a father he has never met and, through no fault of his own, ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve. The story takes place in the fictitious town of El Camino, NV. Written by Peter White

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Bullets, beer, holiday cheer.


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Natal em El Camino See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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In the beginning you see Vincent D'Onofrio reading a Big'Uns magazine. That was Al Bundy's magazine of choice in Married With Children. See more »


Marijuana is legalized in Nevada as of July 2017, therefore Eric wouldn't be arrested for a small bag in his car. See more »


Larry Michael Roth: Shut these blinds before RoboCop out there fires another warning shot.
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References RoboCop (1987) See more »


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Dang Good. Dang Dang Good.
30 November 2018 | by bradencnSee all my reviews

It's a comedy, a tragedy, with a small touch of romance, and thank goodness it's not a try-hard film that tries to go too far. The producers knew their audience, and knew them well. Clearly a low-budget film designed to tell a simple story in 90 minutes. Well done.

Dax Shepard played the best dumb cop I've ever seen for this type of R-rated content...he isn't an "idiot," nor is he a Barney-Five. He's just a normal dude, trying to do the right thing, that stumbles, and it's funny because it feels actually realistic, as in, police departments probably do have this type of guy.

It was fun to see Kurtwood Smith, for all you "That's 70's Show" fans. He's the tough Sheriff that, too, is trying to do the right thing, but, dag nab it, just is struggling to have a competent force in a small town...and it's funny, because again, you can sense that this type of incompetence exists out there.

Then you have Vincent D'Onofrio, known best for "Full Metal Jacket," and he comes out perfect in this film as just a low-life cop, whose only pleasure in life remaining is to watch other people become more miserable than him. He is pivotal in to the story and again, the writers kept him simple, nothing overdone, and he plays his role BELIEVABLY. Man, I always appreciate good writing. Kudos to Melfi and Wehner for not playing to any political crowd, but just creating dang good art.

Lastly, among the key dudes to the story, you have Tim Allen and Luke Grimes. It's a good pair. It was quite strange to see Allen in this type of role, but he gave it his all...sometimes out of place, but believable, still. Luke...yea, he was good. Real good. Very well casted.

Some of the best comedy came out of Jimmy Yang ("Silicon Valley") and Jessica Alba...they were the perfect pair for the comedic relief you needed at times. I'm excited to see what Jimmy Yang will be pulling off in the future, he's dang good and landing hilarious comedic lines. They never feel forced. In the movie, they play as the rookie reporters...and playing into that role hilariously.

The side story of single mother and potentially autistic son added to the tension, and even romance, which kept things interesting. And seeing good old Emilio Rivera ("Sons of Anarchy") playing the tough but cool and collected guy was fantastic.

Can we not appreciate simple, low-budget, great acted films anymore? Indy films are like this, and they are some of the greats. There was scarcely any CGI, heavy explosions, etc...this move REQUIRED on-point acting, and I was extremely impressed. Not your typical Christmas film, yet I'll be recommending this each year for people looking for something to enjoy, something that's different from the norm.

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