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Almost Christmas

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Talented cast elevates dysfunctional-family holiday comedy.

Movie PG-13 2016 112 minutes
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age 13+

Almost Christmas

Great movie. Family comedy and I love it! :-)
age 15+

Worth seeing

While there definitely is a debatable amount of swearing and a few sexually suggestive encounters, this movie isn't one to pass up. The humor of the movie is timely and refreshing for its pg-13 rating and the theme of togetherness and moving beyond the past to a better future, while not necessary new in and of itself, is portrayed in a considerably touching way. It's funny and modern and I think a great movie for the family to see (as long as children aren't too young).

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The talented all-star cast -- particularly Smoove and Mo'Nique -- makes this standard-issue dysfunctional-family holiday comedy worth watching. Although Almost Christmas' storyline is rather thin -- Dad is secretly selling the house! Evan is taking painkillers! Lonnie is a philanderer! -- the actors play their roles so well that viewers will be invested in the feel-good happy-holidays outcome. Christmas movies in general tend to be pretty predictable, but that doesn't make them any less entertaining. There's enough in director David E. Talbert's story that's poignant and sweet that moviegoers will overlook the story's more formulaic aspects.

Plus, Mo'Nique is hilarious as the wig-swapping, name-dropping Aunt May, who's performed for Mick Jagger and Chaka Khan and enjoys imparting all of her wisdom to Walter and her nieces and nephews. She and Smoove contribute the majority of the movie's humor. His character enjoys touting his brief time as a Seattle Supersonic (even though he then ended up playing ball in Croatia and is far from a household name). The movie's sibling dynamics feel authentic, with a relatable blend of rivalry, nostalgia, and dependence. And Glover's quest to perfect his wife's signature dish will pull at anyone's heartstrings.

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