I'm not much for movie reviews, but after seeing this movie I feel obligated to warn as many people as possible to not watch this. I am a big fan of the family get together comedies like Home For the Holidays. You know, the movie that makes fun of how crazy the main character's family is (who they were reluctant to see in the first place) but they discover by the end of the movie they aren't so different from thier family. It usually ends on a pretty good note. Well, this movie is not one of those movies. Some reviews try to put it up as one of those movies, but I warn you now to not believe them. There are a few things I wish the trailer had warned me about:
1) One of the brothers of the main character in the Stone family is a gay deaf guy with a black lover who by the end of the movie adopted a baby. They sure tried to shove as much political correctness bull sh-t into that couple as possible. Oh yes, they are portrayed as the most reasonable loving couple in the movie.
2) There is only one funny scene and part of it is shown in the trailer.
3) The movie has a political agenda, and it is very liberal. They make it very, very obvious. In the first few minutes of the movie the daughter comes in with a NPR tote bag and one of the brother's is casually warned not to have marijuana in the house. Plus look back to 1. Oh yes, I can't forget when the mother says she wished that all her sons were gay.
4) It tries to be a drama with a mother dying of cancer. It is not very successful.
Here is another review that I thought was done well:
’Twas the week before Christmas
and all through the house
was cast full of clichés
not fit for a mouse.
Mom was all foul-mouthed
and dying of cancer.
One daughter was pregnant
The other with too much to say
One son was laid back
Another was gay.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a fuss
A possible fiancé arrived arrive with son two
And the family all complained until they were blue
But I in my chair looked at my watch
Only one hour had passed, how could this be?
Hadn’t I been there already a full century?
That is the best I can do to warn you. It is a waste of money.