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Christmas with the Coopers

Published December 24, 2020

Christmas with the Coopers

Film info

  • Title Christmas with the Coopers
  • Director Jessie Nelson
  • Year 2015
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Family, Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Christmas means comfort, joy and chaos

Christmas with the Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:46This is a HUGE cast.
3:28John Goodman and Diane Keaton are an epic duo.
5:53“Always straightening it and always making it worse.”
16:22Lead actor/ventriloquist is not a role you see often.
19:36“You cannot break an agreement mid-agreement.” “I disagree.”
21:06Anthony Mackie the Mall Cop.
24:53Hiding in Hot Chocolate is a weird phrase.
33:16“I was a failure at marriage, I refuse to be a failure at divorce.”
35:14Anticipointment.
46:47Jake Lacy is cute… snuck up on me that one.
52:41“You have a great neck.” Instantly self-conscious of your neck.
1:03:15Ooh, they’ve got an amazing kitchen. I need more storage.
1:12:50Love her misreading the ‘word of advice’ cue.
1:20:31The stress-eating dog is great.
1:25:55“It’s not that I don’t like you. It’s just I love you more when I’m not with you.”
1:35:31The biggest message I’m taking from this film is that having kids is rubbish.

Thoughts

Firstly, this really is an incredible cast, and I really liked the individual stories. It’s natural to compare it to Love Actually - all those separate strands winding together towards the end. Unfortunately, the ending wasn’t the best part though, because I didn’t really buy them as a family. How are those two sisters? And the Arkin, Helms, Chalamet trio seem as unrelated as it’s possible to be.

But there are real highlights. John Goodman and Diane Keaton finding themselves is great. Marisa Tomei is wonderful as always. And I properly fell in love with Jake Lacy, so that was fun. Not perfect, and the dog reveal at the end was bizarre, but an entertaining watch.

Rating: 4 / 5

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