Parents' Guide to

El Camino Christmas

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark, depressing comedy has lots of cursing, drinking.

Movie NR 2017 89 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Wonderful comedy depicting the best and worst of the human condition

Made me laugh out loud, combines sad with happy moments, reflects on human nature, and the inevitability of fate, has a happy and satisfying ending

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This movie attempts to be a dark comedy but ends up coming across as sub-Tarantino noir with down-and-out characters too depressing to be funny. The cast of El Camino Christmas, a veritable who's who of the Stars of Network Television Past, are too locked in to stereotypical characters to have all that much to work with, unless Vincent D'Onofrio lurching around as a drunk and unethical cop and Tim Allen getting to use the "F" word and reference Charles Bukowski constitutes some kind of acting feat. It's hard to get that many laughs at trigger-happy police officers of the Barney Fife school when the news is filled with stories of people getting shot and killed by police during routine traffic stops.

And the "plot twist" at the end should be obvious to just about everybody. There are also various B stories so that the viewer can care about the characters who will eventually be stuck in the liquor store during the hostage situation. The end result is something that's neither a comedy, a tragicomedy, a disaster movie, or a noir shoot-'em-up. It's just a mess.

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