Almost Christmas


Comedy / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.1 10 5,140


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April 7, 2019


Danny Glover as Brer Turtle
Gabrielle Union as General Blazerhatch
John Michael Higgins as Stanley 1 episode, 2012
Nicole Ari Parker as Lucinda
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23.976 fps
111 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Amari-Sali 8 / 10 / 10

As usual, a group of middle- upper crust Black folk come together for the holidays and so begins the drama.

Whether you saw the trailer or the clips released, especially the ones featuring Mo'Nique, you have to admit this seemed like something to see. But the question is, will this be added to the likes of The Preacher's Wife, The Best Man Holiday or even A Diva's Christmas or just be another movie which comes and goes and may make you laugh, but doesn't leave a lasting effect. Characters & Story Walter (Danny Glover) For a lot of husbands, the science saying men usually die before women is some solace. But when science isn't right it makes things seem a bit unnatural. So with Walter's wife Grace (?) gone, and him having this empty house, life is strange. For even with 4 kids ranging from their 20s to maybe early 40s, they don't seem to regularly visit. However, now it is Christmas, Grace's favorite holiday, and to honor her and be with their dad, his kids, grandkids, and his kid's spouses come to Alabama to spend 5 days with each other. Heck, even their Aunt May (Mo'Nique) joins in the festivities. But while everyone may be grown, it seems they haven't matured past their childhood strifes. Cheryl (Kimberly Elise) A dentist with a fool for a husband named Lonnie (J.B. Smoove). No kids, just her career and her man, and honestly who knows what she sees in him. But, as the trailer shows, he has been seeing a lot of a woman whose name is not Cheryl. However, what the trailer doesn't show is the tumultuous relationship between Cheryl & Rachel. A relationship so toxic that what comes out of both of their mouths are worth starting a fight. Rachel (Gabrielle Union) She don't need no man, don't want no man, all she wants to do is figure out what she is going to do with her life and how she is going to keep a roof over Niya (Nadej K. Bailey), her daughter's, head. But then Malachi (Omar Epps), her best friend in high school, tries to return to being an active part in her life. Christian (Romany Malco) While the youngest son, Evan (Jessie Usher) is a football star in the making, Christian is a potential politician. One who is trying to run a clean campaign, but good intentions need to be backed by money. So with his campaign manager Mr. Brooks (John Michael Higgins), pushing for a shady company to get involved with the campaign, Walter has to remind his son about his family's history and what will happen to a big piece of it if he gets involved with this group. Highlights Funny As Hell After Mo'Nique warms up, she pretty much murders this movie. I mean, she goes well beyond being a comic relief and makes it so this film can't be considered a dramaedy but simply a comedy with dramatic elements. She isn't alone, though! J.B. Smoove has a nice bit of back and forth with her and Jessie Usher gets the occasional chance to shine. But the big surprise to me was the children. Nadej Bailey and Alkoya Brunson (who plays Camerion – Christian's son) are on the level of the kids on Black-ish. There is this innocence yet know it all attitude, mixed in with this cell-phone obsessed culture and it just works. To the point where, if I did count how many times I laughed, as a collective they might have given Mo'Nique a run for her money. A Sense of Family While a lot of the drama takes familiar forms, it is hard to argue that these characters don't seem like family. For example, I found myself, when it came to Christian and Sonya (Nicole Ari Parker), wondering who was the biological child. Then when it came to Rachel and Cheryl's sibling issues, while it was a bit nastier than I think was necessary, damn if I couldn't imagine two people who have dogged each other's lives for years talking to one another like that. But what essentially makes this vibe of family seem real is Grace. Through remembering what she meant to each and every member of that family, so we see what not only got them to Walter's house but perhaps what each of them wanted in life. Hence the varying states of his kids' relationships. Criticism What About Dad? I found it very weird, with respect to Grace, that it seemed like Walter's place in his kids' lives didn't have the same influence. You don't hear Evan talking about how his dad would through the ball with him, there isn't anyone speaking on how his hard work inspired them, or anything which makes it seem like they had a close relationship with him as much as they did the mom. Something which I found sort of odd. What About…? Between trying to understand what Cheryl saw in Lonnie, who is Sonya without Christian, to how Cheryl and Rachel bury the hatchet after Rachel embarrasses Cheryl in front of the whole family, I must admit the movie quickly wrapping up story lines got me frustrated. Overall: Mixed (Home Viewing) If I based my opinion on laughs alone, my review would have been positive. However, once I really thought about who was involved with this movie and what they are capable of, I began to feel like I should have not only expected more but gotten more. For while the ghost of grace haunts the film, the jokes are too strong and come too often to really let the feeling of someone losing their mom or wife sink and effect you. Thus making this film like most comedies. It is good for a one time view and for the laughs you'll get, but afterwards it loses any sort of replay value for it lacks depth.

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10 / 10

A family get together

Danny Glover might be too old for this kind of sugar. A spiky feel good festive film but a little slow to get going and too many flat and clichéd characters. Walter (Glover) is the patriarch and recently widowed who has invited his family round for Christmas at his home, a house he plans to sell but as yet not told his kids. In attendance are his daughters Cheryl and Rachel who do not get along. His son Christian who plans to run for congress and his youngest son Evan who is hooked on painkillers after a sports injury. There are other family members and hanger on's such as Christian's campaign manager who wants to redevelop a centre for the destitute that upsets Walter. You have a family squabbling, an errant husband having a bit on the side with a store clerk but it is only sporadically amusing but is inoffensive and is amiable enough to watch at Christmas.

Reviewed by Bob Rutzel 5 / 10 / 10

Pleasant. That's all

After 10-months when his wife Grace passed, Walter (Danny Glover) wants to bring the family together for a Christmas dinner and that may be the last one since he is thinking of selling the house, but has told no one. He knows it won't be easy since many of his children have issues with each other. He just asks them for 5- days to be civil to each other until Christmas. This is touted as comedy but I found nothing funny in here, no clever lines or good sight-gags. Well, they tried a funny sight-gag when Lonnie (J.B. Smoove) tries to set up the Santa and sleigh on a roof that was not funny, over-acted and actually, quite annoying. Okay, they tried another one when Rachel gets stuck in a window ledge trying to get inside. Could have been funny. Wasn't. I would call this a slice of life that many will recognize as something that may have happened in their lives during a Christmas or some- such holiday when all are not so civil to each other. Hey, it happens. For a Christmas movie there is very little Christmas music in here. In time we learn all the issues each sibling has with each other and we really don't care about them, but you know the script, by the end of all this, will resolve everything. And then all are happy. Nice, eh? Danny Glover is always good in any role he takes. As Walter he has a lot on his mind: selling the house, making sure his kids don't kill each other and looking constantly for the recipe his wife Grace used to make her masterpiece: Sweet Potato Pie. Notables: the siblings: Gabrielle Union as Rachel a single mother trying to finish law school; Kimberly Elise as Cheryl who is married to Lonnie a one-time basketball star; Romany Malco as Christian the politician who is married to Sonya (Nicole Are Parker); Jessie T. Usher as Evan the High School basketball star who hopes to make it to the pros. Other notables: John Michael Higgins as Brooks the manager of Christian running for Congress; Omar Epps as Malachi who is constantly after Rachel as his love interest; and Mo'Nique as Aunt May and Walter's sister-in-law. And let's not forget Keri Hilson as Jasmine who Rachel invites to the Christmas dinner knowing this will upset Cheryl because she, Rachel, knows Lonnie had sex with Jasmine. You will learn that Rachel and Cheryl can't stand each other. The story moves along at a good pace, the dialogues come quick, but again nothing funny as I saw it. There should be a category that lists some movies as: COULD HAVE BEEN FUNNY. Okay then, that is my category. This is pleasant, not funny, but more of a kind of slice of life story. Kinda. (5/10) Violence: Not really. Sex: No. Nudity: No .Language: Small stuff and not much of it.

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