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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
The Brothers McMullen writer-director-star Edward Burns returns to the family well once again with this warm, acutely observed story about an expansive Irish clan’s fraught yuletide when the long-absent patriarch declares his intention to come home for the holidays.
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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Slow moving family drama.
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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.
A good family Christmas drama.
As easily watchable as any other Edward Burns film. Ed Burns, basically playing himself, is as likable as ever and Connie Britton is also as good as ever. Although over time many of the selfish characters become grating, the film is a decent antidote to the many saccharine Christmas movie alternatives.
When I checked what was left out for me to watch, this was the ONLY movie I had left last night... and reading the title didn't give me much hope that this would be anything more than some sweet "uplifting" holiday melodrama - which I wasn't in a mood for. I am glad I was mistaken, and I felt like an idiot that I never noticed that I had in possession an Edward Burns' movie! This writer, director and star goes back to this Irish-Catholic roots and the 1995 debut film that put him on the map, The Brothers McMullen. Burns knows his way around the business of family playing Gerry Fitzgerald, the eldest of seven children parented by Josie…
Its hard for a Drama to trip my trigger but this was great. I really enjoyed it and where it went and how it ended. This was a really good movie.
It's an Edward Burns movie: tiny budget, ensemble cast, downbeat and somber. Also, Christmas!
Ed Burns indie movie remake of "The Family Stone." The movie is involving and for having a huge cast of characters never feels like it shortchanges any of them. The film is your average, lightweight, Family Christmas movie but it is actually more worthwhile to watch then any Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas themed story. It is also one of Edward Burns' best directed movies.
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I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
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