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Almost Christmas (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 November 2016 (USA)
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A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

Director:

David E. Talbert
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Walter
Gabrielle Union ... Rachel
Mo'Nique ... Aunt May
Kimberly Elise ... Cheryl
Romany Malco ... Christian
J.B. Smoove ... Lonnie (as JB Smoove)
Jessie T. Usher ... Evan
John Michael Higgins ... Brooks
Nicole Ari Parker ... Sonya
Omar Epps ... Malachi
Nadej K. Bailey ... Niya (as Nadej Bailey)
Alkoya Brunson ... Cameron
Marley Taylor ... Dee
D.C. Young Fly ... Eric (as DC Young Fly)
Keri Hilson ... Jasmine
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Storyline

Walter Meyer (Danny Glover) is a retired mechanic who lost the love of his life almost a year ago. For the holidays, he invites his now grown children and their families to his house (where they all grew up) for a traditional celebration. Walter soon realizes that if his bickering children and the rest of the family can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Five days together? Oh joy.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Meyers Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,564,000, 11 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,715,860, 23 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,487,325, 5 January 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third collaboration between Romany Malco and Gabrielle Union. The two previously worked together on Think Like A Man (2012) and its sequel. See more »

Goofs

Four days before Christmas, we see the family attending a morning church service. We know the year is 2016 (indicated earlier in the movie), so we know the date is December 21, 2016. This was a Wednesday. It seems highly unlikely that there would be a Wednesday morning church service. See more »

Quotes

Rachel: Is this Grandmaster Munchie Mega Mellow Mix, volume seven?
Malachi: It's Mega Mellow Mix, volume eight... The one I made just for you.
Rachel: That was a good mix tape.
Malachi: It was.
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Connections

References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
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Very good Christmas movie lots of fun and lots of laughs
13 November 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I thought the movie was put together well for the most fun effect.

Really like the opening montage that explained the family origins and the plot of the movie. Done very well.

Love the very well known black cast that fills the film. The only people who I never seen before were the actors playing the children. Although I cannot recall if these actors have worked together before (With the exception of Romany Malco, Nicole Ari Parker and J B Smooth all being cast members of Kevin Hart's show Real House Husbands of Atlanta), I did see some good chemistry among the cast.

Yes, a lot of it was cliché with typical family archetypes like Kimberly Elise as Cheryl, the older sister who has got her life together (on the surface anyway) and judges her little sister Rachel, played by Gabrielle Union for not having hers together, and Jesse T. Usher as Evan, the young bratty baby brother whose the most emotional and it sends him down a dark path.

But the cast is amazing, made up of seasoned players who are experts in the roles they play. I really liked Danny Glover as the center of the household force to keep it together as the family celebrate their 1st Christmas without his wife, the real backbone of the family. JB Smooth was real funny, but Mon'Niqe was really killing it as Aunt May. Every laugh out loud joke in it, she was a part of.

It's a well played hand. The clichés are just that, but the cast is good at bringing life to them enough to take you off your guard with laughter and get you all choked up about celebrating the holiday season with your family.


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