Lemme start by saying, I LOVED this movie. This movie is HELLA cute! I loved it. I love that it centered around a positive patriarch. I loved that all the actors/actresses seemed to be very comfortable in their roles. I'm not a fan of Gabrielle Union's acting nor Kimberly Elise's but both women did an amazing job in their roles. J.B. Smooth was funny and Monique was HILARIOUS. The guy from Wildin Out- Young Fly I think that's his name , he did a really good job as well. Hopefully, he pursues more acting roles. There were a couple of scenes that were supposed to big arguments- <more>
those scenes, I can tell, were supposed to be better and bigger than it was. But that's my only complaint. Comparable to Soul Food- but much better in my opinion.
I really enjoyed this film and of it matters, found it to be believable in a big budget, top tier acting kind of way.The humor is great, everyone gets a good line or several, even the kids. Especially the kids and yet, the family drama resonates.Funny and heartwarming, definitely worth seeing. Great soundtrack too.
More than just a Christmas movie! (by markiabonner)
This movie was great! It made me miss my family dearly and had an amazing soundtrack, which was incorporated really well into the movie.The opening montage was amazing, and really set the tone for the movie.There were some stereotypes, but in reality, there are those quirky characters that only really show up in your life during the holidays. With this being said, there was a lot of great character development, and I feel that each character even the ancillary ones were sufficiently complex. They did a great job at not making anyone the concrete villain, which is a testament about life in <more>
general.The acting was on point, which is not surprising given the powerhouse cast. Everyone added a necessary element that really brought the story to life, but the movie still ended up feeling very family friendly.I myself appreciated the comedy, even the jokes that fell a little flat seemed right in place.One of the scenes I loved the most is when the entire family started dancing in the kitchen. This scene was 100% realistic to me. It was quite evident that a Black writer wrote the film.I teared up more than a couple of times, and I certainly wasn't the only one. You might think that this is just another Christmas/Holiday movie, but it is so much more. You have to see it to know what I mean; I went to see it twice thus far!
Like it more than Love the Coopers (by DarkVulcan29)
Walter Danny Glover a 70 year old retired mechanic, is having it difficult to celebrate the holidays cause his passed away earlier in the year. But tries to keep it together for the sake of his four grown children. But his grown children day to day problems may come into play. Will the family be able to pull it together and celebrate Christmas? A very well made comedy drama, some moments play a little better then Love the Coopers 2015 , cause sometimes here I wanted to laugh and cry, it pulls the moments off perfectly. You believe the performances of adjusting to things after the death of a <more>
love one. Danny Glover is great, so was Mo'niqe who almost steals the movie here. Sometimes you feel like this could be your family. If you like a good comedy drama, then give Almost Christmas a look.
I don't know how I missed this movie when it came out. This is great family dysfunction at its best. Every cast member shines in this ensemble cast. Danny Glover never seems to age and he is the perfect patriarch, dealing with his grief and the emotions of his struggling children. Don't miss this one!
"Almost Christmas" isn't especially original, but is otherwise almost perfect. (by dave-mcclain)
Ah, the holidays. It's a chance for families and friends to get together in complete peace and harmony. Pffft! If only! It's a wonderful thing when people come together to celebrate holidays and other family-centric moments, but they rarely go according to plan – or as smoothly as most of us wish they would. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Eid, Festivus, the Winter Solstice or any other gathering with loved ones, you're probably familiar with the problem. You get together people who love each other, but rarely see each other outside of holidays, <more>
weddings and funerals and some people pick up right where they last left off – with annoying habits, strong differences of opinion and old grudges that should've been dealt with or dropped long ago in the interest of family harmony. This scenario is the foundation of many a holiday comedy, including "Almost Christmas" PG-13, 1:52 .Walter Meyers Danny Glover is having a very tough time. The mother of his children and the love of his life died suddenly some months ago and he's now facing his first Christmas without her. He has also secretly made the difficult decision to sell the family home, a house that has become a place of sadness for him since his dear wife's passing. Walter is also struggling with trying to duplicate his wife's famous sweet potato pie for the holidays. He invites his four adult children and their families to spend Christmas together in that house one last time , despite the problems that he knows they have getting along.As with all families, there are a lot of differences within the Meyers family – and a lot of history – some positive and some challenging. Rachel Gabrielle Union is a single mom who's very independent almost pathologically so who aspires to be a lawyer, but feels stuck in her job as a waitress. Rachel's lack of actual accomplishments brings judgment from her older sister, Cheryl Kimberly Elise , who is a dentist. But Cheryl has problems of her own, mostly because of Lonnie J. B. Smoove , her ex-athlete husband who constantly talks about his glory days, often to pretty young women who are not his wife.Walter also has two sons who are at very different places in their own lives. Christian Romany Malco and his wife, Sonya Nicole Ari Parker , have their hands full with two precocious children. Christian is also running for Congress and is so focused on his campaign that he brings his campaign manager John Michael Higgins with his family for the holidays. The youngest of Walter's kids, Evan Jessie T. Usher is a college football player with lots of potential – if he can recover from a shoulder injury, and stop taking his pain killers, and get past his mother's death, which seems to be affecting him more than his siblings.Not only are all these related but very different people coming together for Christmas, they're all staying in the family home for the days leading up to the holiday. Adding to the um, festivities are Walter's loving but loud and opinionated sister-in-law, career back-up singer Aunt May Mo'Nique , Evan's best friend, Eric DC Young Fly , who has "a thing" for Aunt May, next-door neighbor Malachi Omar Epps , against whom Rachel is nursing a very old grudge, and a local grocery store cashier named Jasmine Keri Hilson who has what turns out to be an unfortunate connection with two members of the extended Meyers family. There's plenty for this collection of characters to try to work through during these five days – without killing each other in the process. It's a good thing that it is almost Christmas."Almost Christmas" is one of the best holiday family comedies I've seen. Its plot calls to mind the fun of 1989's "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation". That film may have more laughs, but this one has more heart. Both have outrageous moments – and moments to make you chuckle – and smile. This ensemble is terrific especially Glover, in one of his best recent roles and each actor has a lot to do, with good character development and backstories that are engaging and come together wonderfully. "Almost Christmas" isn't especially original, is otherwise almost perfect. "A-"
As usual, a group of middle- upper crust Black folk come together for the holidays and so begins the drama. (by Amari-Sali)
Whether you saw the trailer or the clips released, especially the ones featuring Mo'Nique, you have to admit this seemed like something to see. But the question is, will this be added to the likes of The Preacher's Wife, The Best Man Holiday or even A Diva's Christmas or just be another movie which comes and goes and may make you laugh, but doesn't leave a lasting effect.Characters & StoryWalter Danny Glover For a lot of husbands, the science saying men usually die before women is some solace. But when science isn't right it makes things seem a bit unnatural. So with <more>
Walter's wife Grace ? gone, and him having this empty house, life is strange. For even with 4 kids ranging from their 20s to maybe early 40s, they don't seem to regularly visit.However, now it is Christmas, Grace's favorite holiday, and to honor her and be with their dad, his kids, grandkids, and his kid's spouses come to Alabama to spend 5 days with each other. Heck, even their Aunt May Mo'Nique joins in the festivities. But while everyone may be grown, it seems they haven't matured past their childhood strifes.Cheryl Kimberly Elise A dentist with a fool for a husband named Lonnie J.B. Smoove . No kids, just her career and her man, and honestly who knows what she sees in him. But, as the trailer shows, he has been seeing a lot of a woman whose name is not Cheryl.However, what the trailer doesn't show is the tumultuous relationship between Cheryl & Rachel. A relationship so toxic that what comes out of both of their mouths are worth starting a fight.Rachel Gabrielle Union She don't need no man, don't want no man, all she wants to do is figure out what she is going to do with her life and how she is going to keep a roof over Niya Nadej K. Bailey , her daughter's, head. But then Malachi Omar Epps , her best friend in high school, tries to return to being an active part in her life.Christian Romany Malco While the youngest son, Evan Jessie Usher is a football star in the making, Christian is a potential politician. One who is trying to run a clean campaign, but good intentions need to be backed by money. So with his campaign manager Mr. Brooks John Michael Higgins , pushing for a shady company to get involved with the campaign, Walter has to remind his son about his family's history and what will happen to a big piece of it if he gets involved with this group.HighlightsFunny As HellAfter Mo'Nique warms up, she pretty much murders this movie. I mean, she goes well beyond being a comic relief and makes it so this film can't be considered a dramaedy but simply a comedy with dramatic elements. She isn't alone, though! J.B. Smoove has a nice bit of back and forth with her and Jessie Usher gets the occasional chance to shine. But the big surprise to me was the children. Nadej Bailey and Alkoya Brunson who plays Camerion – Christian's son are on the level of the kids on Black-ish. There is this innocence yet know it all attitude, mixed in with this cell-phone obsessed culture and it just works. To the point where, if I did count how many times I laughed, as a collective they might have given Mo'Nique a run for her money.A Sense of FamilyWhile a lot of the drama takes familiar forms, it is hard to argue that these characters don't seem like family. For example, I found myself, when it came to Christian and Sonya Nicole Ari Parker , wondering who was the biological child. Then when it came to Rachel and Cheryl's sibling issues, while it was a bit nastier than I think was necessary, damn if I couldn't imagine two people who have dogged each other's lives for years talking to one another like that.But what essentially makes this vibe of family seem real is Grace. Through remembering what she meant to each and every member of that family, so we see what not only got them to Walter's house but perhaps what each of them wanted in life. Hence the varying states of his kids' relationships.CriticismWhat About Dad?I found it very weird, with respect to Grace, that it seemed like Walter's place in his kids' lives didn't have the same influence. You don't hear Evan talking about how his dad would through the ball with him, there isn't anyone speaking on how his hard work inspired them, or anything which makes it seem like they had a close relationship with him as much as they did the mom. Something which I found sort of odd.What About ?Between trying to understand what Cheryl saw in Lonnie, who is Sonya without Christian, to how Cheryl and Rachel bury the hatchet after Rachel embarrasses Cheryl in front of the whole family, I must admit the movie quickly wrapping up story lines got me frustrated.Overall: Mixed Home Viewing If I based my opinion on laughs alone, my review would have been positive. However, once I really thought about who was involved with this movie and what they are capable of, I began to feel like I should have not only expected more but gotten more. For while the ghost of grace haunts the film, the jokes are too strong and come too often to really let the feeling of someone losing their mom or wife sink and effect you. Thus making this film like most comedies. It is good for a one time view and for the laughs you'll get, but afterwards it loses any sort of replay value for it lacks depth.
First, let me start by saying I don't care what any of the other reviews say, this movie is great. Anyone who didn't like it obviously doesn't have very good taste in holiday movies. Did it make me cry? Check. Did it make me laugh? Check. Was it a warm holiday movie? Check. I don't really know what else anyone could ask for. Danny Glover was superb as always, as was the rest of the cast. I may not know them well, but I think everyone was really good in this movie. If you are looking for a heart warming holiday movie then give this one a chance. Yes, it may not be an instant <more>
holiday classic, but it definitely deserves a watch or two.