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      Surviving Christmas

      PG-13 Released Oct 22, 2004 1h 30m Holiday Comedy TRAILER for Surviving Christmas: Trailer 1 List Surviving Christmas: Trailer 1 Surviving Christmas: Trailer 1 2:15 View more videos
      8% Tomatometer 116 Reviews 30% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings A wealthy executive, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) has no close relationships and becomes nostalgic for his childhood home as Christmas approaches. When he visits the house and finds another family living there, he offers the residents, Tom Valco (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Christine (Catherine O'Hara), a large sum of money to pretend they are his parents. Soon Drew tests the couple's patience, and, when their daughter, Alicia (Christina Applegate), arrives, things get increasingly tense. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Surviving Christmas is unpleasant characters attacking each other for 90 minutes before delivering a typical, hollow anti-consumerist message

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      Nell Minow Common Sense Media You'll be lucky if you survive this dumb movie. Rated: 1/5 Dec 28, 2010 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Pique on earth and ill will toward men permeate this mirthless comedy. Mar 5, 2007 Full Review David Germain Associated Press The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays. Mar 5, 2007 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...erratic yet mostly watchable... Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 31, 2021 Full Review Eddie Harrison The List Tasteless, miserable and utterly flaccid, Surviving Christmas truly lives up to its reputation as the last turkey in the shop. Rated: 1/5 Apr 23, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy In 2003, moviegoers received a gift in the form of Bad Santa; the following year, they got a lump of coal in the shape of a Bad Movie. Rated: 1.5/4 Dec 29, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      J M This was a really tough watch - and with a 7% Rotten Tomatoes rating, I'm happy not to be in the minority for once. There is nothing more painful than watching an actor TRY to be funny - and fail. Poor Affleck. At least he was having a good hair day. And being surrounded by more adept comedic performers doesn't help matters, although no one, including my beloved Catherine O'Hara, manages to remain unscathed. The romantic storyline between Affleck and Applegate is appalling and makes me want to re-evaluate my smart aleck Hallmark remarks. A plot line involving a young teenager's porn addiction seems gratuitous and in poor taste. And even though I'm seemingly full of negatives, I didn't HATE it as much as I have some other holiday films. I'll settle for a strong dislike. Although wasting a comic genius like O'Hara should be grounds for cinematic assault charges. - Jeff Marshall, Movie Blogger (Facebook) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review Eye C The stupidest premise of all, but at the end, the performances of Gandolfini and O'Hara saves the movie. Entertaining and funny, but Affleck doesn't makes a good job, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Bri C We've made it a tradition to watch this movie every Christmas. It's a fun watch for us and Catherine O'Hara is fantastic! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Narciso R The only reason why I gave it 2 stars is because Gandolfini was great. Affleck was his usual self, worst batman EVER. NRJ. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/02/24 Full Review Beth Y I don't understand why this movie gets such a bad rap? It's great! It's on the list every year of our must see holidays movies. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Uzma M I cant believe James Gandolfini agreed to be part of this tripe. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A wealthy executive, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) has no close relationships and becomes nostalgic for his childhood home as Christmas approaches. When he visits the house and finds another family living there, he offers the residents, Tom Valco (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Christine (Catherine O'Hara), a large sum of money to pretend they are his parents. Soon Drew tests the couple's patience, and, when their daughter, Alicia (Christina Applegate), arrives, things get increasingly tense.
      Director
      Mike Mitchell
      Producer
      Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping
      Screenwriter
      Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
      Distributor
      DreamWorks SKG
      Production Co
      DreamWorks SKG
      Rating
      PG-13 (Language|Brief Drug References|Sexual Content)
      Genre
      Holiday, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 22, 2004, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 26, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $11.2M
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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