Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
Drew Latham is an executive leading an empty, shallow life with only wealth on his side. Facing another lonely Christmas ahead, Drew wants to revisit his old childhood home and possibly relive some old holiday memories. But when he arrives, he finds that the house in which he was raised is no longer the home in which he grew up. Inhabited by another family, Drew offers a nice financial reward that has the family ringing. But is Drew's generous cash offer only the beginning of an annoying visitor who's a little too overeager to celebrate Christmas?
It was never quite clear if Affleck's character was meant to be mentally challenged.
This movie was released at the wrong time, back when Affleck was having his career on the down (fuck you Jennifer Lopez), and automatically it was panned. But watch it, its actually hilarious.
Full of one liners and slapstick comedy of Christmas Vacation similarities, Surviving Christmas is always one of my favourite Christmas movies. Affleck is brilliant as Drew Latham, an eccentric millionaire who rents a family for Christmas. Remember, this movie was done mostly on improv and its hilarious. How can this not be loved more?
Surprising cameo from Jen Morrison also made me smile. I couldn't remember her in this at all.
Easily passed on, but it shouldn't be ignored. Great fun viewing.
I have sat through many bad films in my day and after a long period of really nothing extremely terrible, "Surviving Christmas" came out on top as the worst films in a while. The plot is something interesting but doesn't work as a whole, Ben Affleck is really unlikable in this and really annoying and the film is really unrealistic and very unfunny through every act. It would probably make more sense to watch this in the December and not in September but either way, I don't really ever see myself ever liking this thing in any time of the year and it's really the definition of junk.
In order to fully challenge my acceptable of Christmas this year I went with this Ben Affleck 'douchebag era' film from ten years ago. Affleck is so insufferable in this film, it makes everything negative ever said about him seem completely true.
But then James Gandolfini just strolls in, looking surly as fuck, and steals the whole entire film. He provides laughs, heart and the kind of talent that Ben Affleck wishes he possessed but doesn't. Luckily Affleck has found his role in Hollywood as a talented director and actor in Serious Films. That's probably for the best as he was dire in this. Gandolfini though, watch it for him.
Still love this movie, I still find it hilarious and is in no where near as bad as it has been made out it is. Last years review still sums up my feelings on it:
It's that time of year, my friends! The time where cable TV is littered with every Christmas movie on the face of mama earth. TBS and ABC Family especially.
First off on the many Christmas movies that I will eventually run into is Surviving Christmas. Surviving Christmas stars Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, and Christina Applegate. It is directed by Mike Mitchell.
So, Surviving Christmas is simply about a rich guy who spends Christmas with a family of strangers. Almost everything about this film is implausible, unrealistic, and/or personality-free. Every dry and absurd joke was not only done a thousand times before but, it didn't even provoke a smirk on my cynical face. As for the excessive tonal shifts in it's third act, It's basic telenovella/soap opera storytelling 101. The only thing that prevented me from giving this forgettable affair half a star is this the fact the Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini is actually trying.. that's it!
The Gigli of holiday movies. Again Ben Affleck seemed to think that he was such an enormous star that it would be hilarious that he would play a socially challenged character. He makes no effort and to be fair he isn't helped by the script. The character is introduced by giving a terrible ad pitch, and that's supposed to establish him as a super rich guy. Shouldn't super rich ad men have some sort of people skills?
The rest of the film he acts like he has never interacted with humans before. None of that seems to be connected to his Christmas desires or the dirty truth about his own family.
With an embarrassingly unfunny Affleck trying to steal scenes…
I always thought this should've been a far darker comedy. Maybe even a horror film. For what it is though, I kinda like it.
Not even James Gandolfini can save this disaster.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in HD at 1080i. The High Definition transfer is average at best.
I'm not surprised about the rest of the cast, but WHY did James Gandolfini even agree to do this terribly crappy movie?
Production simply tried too damn hard to become a Xmas classic and failed miserably.
Not for me, one of the crappiest so far this year. Only good thing is the beauty of Christina Applegate. Wasn´t even remotely fun, ever.. The rating is solely for picture and Applegate, in some parts even Gandolfini.
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I will be reviewing this shit pile. Anyways Where to begin? Lets start with the script. This is by far the worst script I have ever seen! I am not kidding it is so bad! What makes it worse is Ben Afflecks acting is even worse. The Humor, or lack there of what exist has about one joke and is all over the place. The direction is awful, I shit you not that the outside of there house is shown about 5 times in a 20 minute period. There is one character played by Christina Applegate. Who seems to want to get out of this movie as fast as…
I honestly don't understand why this is universally hated. It's definitely not amazing by any means, but there's quite a few very funny moments and I think both James Gandolfini and Ben Affleck are good in this.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and being professional I am absolutely amazed that at the box office this project made just under $15 million. The contents is as follows, the viewer meets Drew Latham as he is in an advertising conference trying to sell his latest advertising idea to this company, you see my readers Drew is a very wealthy individual that can by mostly anything but not the things that really matter in life, he soon realizes that it is Christmas and because his relationship is all but finished he decides to go back to the location of his upbringing and buy himself this family for Christmas. Frankly whoever had this idea for this project…
Highly under-appreciated holiday film which captivates the Christmas spirit and generates laughs throughout, despite its outrageous premise and lead characters. Audiences easily forget that these perennial favorites are intentionally and traditionally improbable, focusing more on family/adult fun. Each of the lead and supporting actors gives a charming performance, enlivening their characters.
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.
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