Surviving Christmas

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  95 min.
Release Date: October 22, 2004
DVD: December 21, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 1.16
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Cast: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine O'Hara, Tom Kenny


Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with family. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew's family. Nevertheless, Drew has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the fact that the "family" in question, the Valcos, are complete strangers, isn't about to put a crimp in his plans. Offering them a small fortune, Drew bribes his newfound "parents" (James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara) to let him spend Christmas in their home, pretending to be part of the family. Just when the Valcos begin to question if any amount of money is worth being dragged all over town on such traditional family holiday excursions as Christmas shopping and the requisite choosing of the Christmas tree, their eldest daughter Alicia (Christina Applegate) comes home for the holidays, with no intention of adopting a new "brother."

Director: Mike Mitchell
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Producer(s): Jenno Topping, Betty Thomas
Screenplay: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin
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  • 5 stars "Funny film that doesn't deserve its bad reputation."
  • 4 stars "A whole lot of fun! I recommend it to everyone!!!"