Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara
A wealthy executive, Drew Latham, 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 and his wife, Christine, a large sum of money to pretend they are his parents. Soon Drew tests the couple's patience, and, when their daughter, Alicia, arrives, things get increasingly tense.
I was at least hoping that this movie would be decent, since Ben Affleck was starring in this movie. I was really wrong. This was just an odd movie that made me feel so uncomfortable watching it. I felt sorry for the cast. It just seemed like they all just lost a bet to be in this movie.
The story itself is mainly about a sad man that could not handle being alone for Christmas, so he just decides to spend the holidays with a strange family to regain that childhood feeling. That is something that only a sad lonely loser would do. It is a bit creepy as well. I mean just have the family tied to chairs and give him a weapon of some sorts, and you have a thriller/horror movie on your hands. It did not take much to change that movie. The movie tries to be funny and awkward with throwing in a loving heartfelt story. It is just too late in the movie for that.
The worst part of the whole movie is that the cast was really good in a terrible movie. Well, Ben Affleck was not bad in it. He was playing a bad character. Christina Applegate is funny as hell, and she can make a great character. James Gandolfini was really good in the movie. There is nothing wrong at all with Catherine O'Hara. She is one of the best out there.
The story for the movie was the real problem of the movie. It was just a hard movie to watch. Just not worth it at all, not even for a bad Christmas movie. It is the same quality as a made for TV Christmas movie. I watched it, so you don't have to.
Surviving Christmas (2004) Trailer