Nothing Like the Holidays

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  99 min.
Release Date: December 12, 2008
DVD: November 3, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 2.96
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Cast: John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodríguez, Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Peña, Vanessa Ferlito, Jay Hernandez, Luis Guzmán, Melonie Diaz

Synopsis

It's Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother's safe return from combat overseas.

For Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), coming home has rekindled feelings for an old flame, although she can't seem to forgive him for leaving. His older sister Roxanna, a struggling actress, has been chasing her Hollywood dreams for years with little to show for it. And much to the dismay of their mother Anna (Elizabeth Peña), eldest brother Mauricio (John Leguizamo) brings home a high-powered executive wife (Debra Messing) who would rather raise capital than a child.

In the course of one eventful week, traditions will be celebrated, secrets revealed and major life decisions made. It all begins when Anna announces to her children she is divorcing their father Eduardo (Alfred Molina). The shock waves from this familial upheaval prompt Roxanna, Mauricio and Jesse, each in their own way, to reevaluate the past and rethink the future. But when the Rodriguezes learn that one of their own is facing a true crisis, they instinctively pull together: Old resentments are forgotten, familial bonds are re-affirmed and the healing power of laughter works its magic as the family discovers they are much stronger than they ever realized.

Director: Alfredo De Villa
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr.
Screenplay: Rick Najera, Alison Swan
Official Site: www.nothingliketheholidays.com

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