These are not necessarily the worst films out there, but they are films that I hate with an undying passion.…
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.
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!
Ben Affleck and his over the top demeanor crack me up throughout this entire film. Widely panned everywhere else, but loved in my home every Christmas season.
Manā izpratnē šī ir viena no jaukākajām Ziemassvētku komēdijām. Ģimene uz sabrukšanas robežas, kuriem Ziemassvētku svinēšana nepavisam nav prātā un vientuļš jauns miljonārs, kuram tik ļoti gribas īstus, ģimeniskus svētkus. Labs humors, labs aktierdarbs, asprātīga ideja. Gandolfini tai mūžīgajā zilajā zeķcepurē ir lielisks.
Y luego se preguntan por que nadie quiere a Ben como Batman.
Greg's December Challenge"The December Project 2013"
Movie Title: Surviving Christmas
Starring: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine O' Hara, Josh Zuckerman
See my previous review
Embarrasses itself with sitcom sensibilities. A schmaltzy, chaotic mess. It's too juvenile and lazy to love, but it's too harmless to incite hate. I just pity it because it thinks it's more profound than it actually is.
One of the most underrated and overlooked films of all time. It was completely robbed at all the major award ceremonies and is frustrating absent from critics best films of all time lists.
Ben Affleck gives one of the most powerful performances of all time, portraying a character so mentally damaged he believes he is still a child. The films depiction of mental illness is unquestionably brilliant and so deeply harrowing it's impossible to watch without a tear forming.
Surviving Christmas isn't content to simply tackle one serious topic, no it's far braver than that. Later on it shows the plights of pornography on both sides of the camera both for the participants and the user. The film also strays…
Well, the Christmas season continues with this completely bizarre film. I mean, yeah, I get that 90% of Christmas films have ludicrous plots but this is just downright weird.
Ben Affleck, in that sort of lull between being one of the biggest actors on the planet (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, etc), and his excellent return to form behind the camera, grins his way through this madcap caper with a plot that sounds like a failed sitcom. If it had any other cast it would probably be a huge pile of shit, but Affleck, James motherfucking Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara make this a pretty entertaining festive romp.
All the twists and turns you can see coming a mile off and yeah, Affleck's character is completely unlikable, but this still manages to be good fun, and a perfect accompaniment to a bottle of mulled wine and wrapping presents.
Pleasantly surprised with this one.
James Gandolfini. God rest his soul.
This is a terribly watchable Christmas film.
DAY 14 - #25DaysOfChristmas
- A Home at the End of the World
- Moulin Rouge!
- The Squid and the Whale
- The Blind Side
- Never Too Young to Die
- Quiet Cool
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