So, moving house has caused a bit of disruption to my Countdown from Halloween to Christmas, but we are back on track – hopefully!
And today it’s…
10th December, Day 41
Christmas With The Coopers (Jessie Nelson, 2015)
John Goodman and Diane Keaton are San and Charlotte Cooper, a couple who have grown apart and are planning to divorce. Before they do, they agree on one last family Christmas together, and set about bringing their together. Christmas With The Coopers is the story of their trials and tribulations.
Ed Helms plays the son who has just lost his job and divorced Alex Borstein. Olivia Wilde decides she needs to bring a boyfriend home with her, so at the airport she persuades a soldier (Jake Lacey) to pretend to be her boyfriend for Christmas. Amanda Seyfried is a diner waitress who has a falling out with long time customer Alan Arkin, while her sister Marisa Tomei is arrested by Anthony Mackie. When all of these people come together, can the Coopers put on one last perfect Christmas?
To be honest, this film was just a bit dull. It’s difficult not to like these actors (Alan Arkin almost made The Santa Clause 3 watchable!), but the film needs more than just a cast list. The story just seems perfunctory, just there to move characters into different situations, rather than because we care about what is happening to them. There’s also some strange age dynamics going on.
A film like Christmas With The Kranks – I originally planned them as a back to back double bill – understood that you need some comedy (even if you have to throw in some prat falls) in your family reunion comedy dramas. But if you’re not going to do that, give the audience something to get their teeth into with the characters. Unfortunately, this really doesn’t do much of either.
Overall, I give this
I might (actually, definitely) be being generous, but this many likeable actors carry enough goodwill to earn a second gold ring, even if the film doesn’t deserve it.
The jumping around continues tomorrow as I try and get back on track with Vince Vaughan and Paul Giamatti as brothers in FRED CLAUS!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far.
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers