Surviving Christmas – Review

Worth seeing: to watch big names & talented comics embarrass themselves in a plodding & predictable mess
Director:Mike Mitchell
Featuring:Ben Affleck, Catherine O'Hara, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Zuckerman, Stephen Root, Udo Kier
Length:91 minutes
Certificate:12A
Country:US
Released:3rd December 2004

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Dumped by his girlfriend for having no Christmas spirit, Drew (Ben Affleck) feels lonely.

He decides to retrace his roots and pays a visit to his childhood home.

Assuming he’s a burglar, Tom Valco (James Gandolfini), whose family lives there now, knocks Drew out.

When he comes to, he realises he needs a family Christmas after all.

He offers Tom thousands of dollars to let him stay for the holidays.

Against his better judgement, Tom agrees.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

This painful embarrassment is another rung on Affleck’s ever-downward ladder.

His highly talented co-stars, Catherine O’Hara and James Gandolfini should be ashamed of joining in this tacky mess.

It’s plodding, predictable and dull, filled with stereotypes, and brimming with worthy political correctness.

You’ll smile a couple of times, although you won’t want to admit it to anyone.

Any Scrooge who can survive this twee shambles will have no trouble surviving Christmas.