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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
A time to share the spirit of the season.
The siblings of the Fitzgerald family must decide if the dad who abandoned them 20 years ago can come home for Christmas. Can the big Irish clan get past their grievances to be a family again?
I came across both The Brothers McMullen and She's the One toward the tail end of the 90's, I would say when I was around 15 years old. They were Edward Burns' first two efforts as a writer/director, and I was immediately affected by the equal attention he gave to his entire ensemble of actors. I was in love with both of those films at the time, and watched them almost religiously a few times per year. Watching them again recently, I had a nice nostalgic feeling from my more naive days as a budding cinema appreciator, but I also was sad to find that I didn't like the films as much as I used to.
Still, I have never…
A good family Christmas drama.
Latest Edward Burns film is basically perfect, as densely interwoven ensemble dramas go. One of 2012's best.
Achingly lovely, so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful...
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Not the holiday cheer you might expect from a Christmas based film but also not a depressant either. It finds itself neatly under the mistletoe with a welcome embrace and a reminder that forgiveness can make a huge difference.
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Loved it. It felt real. It probably strikes close to home for some people. My family isn't anything like this one, but I still felt for everyone. I cared. The overriding plot about the father wanting to come back isn't the only story; every member of the family has their own bit of drama to deal with in the days before Christmas. A lot of people need forgiveness. Will they get/give it? That's the kind of thing that hooks me, and I got it in spades.
I'm not usually a fan of holiday movies but I was feeling weirdly inclined and I'm glad that there are so many focused around fucked up families that are more truthful than festive.
Honestly I picked this one because of how many irate Christians left scathing reviews about its lack of values on Netflix.
It isn't an amazing movie, but it hit the spot. The idea is that basically you shouldn't burden yourself with harboring hatred for other people being fucked up; everyone is fucked up. There is no guidebook for life; but ideally don't be an asshole.
I will say that I kept expecting WORSE stuff to happen, and i'm a little disappointed that it didn't, because actually getting to Christmas seemed to take for fucking ever.
Solid acting though.
31 Days of Christmas 2015
Criteria: 4 (of 5) films with Christmas in the title
The Fitzgerald family is dealing with a crisis - to accept or shun the father and husband that left them (the mother and several children) behind. Some of the siblings are for it, others against it. There were a lot of storylines to maintain between every sibling, and Burns did it with a well-enough balance. It is a nice movie about forgiveness and a family coming together, but there just wasn't a lot of conflict between the characters. I kept expecting more in terms of how the characters dealt with each other/their father and grow into a bigger dynamic. Instead the movie just kinda felt really long and stoic.
I've always liked Ed Burns' work in front of and behind…
A nice small, intimate, emotional character driven family drama about life, love, relationships, second chances, and overall family, all set around the Christmas season. A movie that is set around the Christmas season, but Christmas is really a backdrop to the whole story told by Edward Burns. A story that can be relatable to some, moving to others, and make you think about your own life as a whole. A really nice viewing experience, a good independent film, a job/film well done.
Slow moving family drama.
A note on the viewing: HD. 720p. SVoD.
Sí, todo lo que haga Edward Burns me va a gustar. Pero de verdad que esta cinta, con todo y lo gimmicky que puede parecer, es tu cena navideña encapsulada en una película. Tiene un desarrollo emocional muy interesante y, como siempre, a Burns le da por crear decenas de personajes y que todos hablen al mismo tiempo (no tengo idea por qué no es guionista de alguna serie dramática), algo que definitivamente no funciona en la mayoría de los casos, pero aquí sí.
Es la película ideal para ver en Navidad y con tus familiares, evitando de esa manera el melodrama habitual de este género de cine. Ah, y sale la hermosa de Kerry Bishé.
Irish American family with day issues tries to reunite for the holidays. Not the best family Christmas movie in the world but it had is moments. A birch or two above a lifetime movie.
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