Love the Coopers

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Love the Coopers has a talented cast and a uniquely bittersweet blend of holiday cheer in its better moments, but they're all let down by a script content to settle for cloying smarm.

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For their annual Christmas Eve celebration, Sam Cooper (John Goodman) and his wife Charlotte (Diane Keaton) welcome four generations of extended family, including son Hank (Ed Helms), daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) and Charlotte's father, Bucky (Alan Arkin). Sam and Charlotte are separating after 40 years of marriage, while Hank is in the middle of a divorce. As the guests reveal their respective problems, they also rediscover the importance of kinship and the spirit of the holiday.

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  • Jan 29, 2016
    I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. With some genuinely heartwarming moments and humour this is near enough in the same league as Love Actually as enjoyable films to watch during Christmas (even though it is past Christmas when I am watching it for the first time).
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2015
    Featuring an all-star cast that includes John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfriend, and Steve Martin, Love the Coopers is a holiday treat. When they come together for an old fashioned, traditional Christmas the Cooper's facade as a perfect, loving family starts to crack. The storytelling is pretty good; considering the size of the cast and the number of plot lines that intertwine. However, most of them are formulaic and clichéd; a father hiding his unemployment, parents covering up their separation, a daughter pretending to be in a relationship to please her mother, etc., etc. And the comedy is rather tame. Yet despite its problems, Love the Coopers is an enjoyable family comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2015
    Quite liked. Not a cheerful or funny Xmas movie, but it dealt with real issues faced by families and I liked the cast including Amanda Seyfried and Marisa Tomei. As Xmas movies go, this was one of the better ones. Not cloying either.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2015
    Over the past decade, we've seen a recent phenomenon in film, where producers cast many big names in a clip film, that all comes together in the end. While this may work well with superheroes, it has yet to be successful in regards to comedy. That is why the film, Love The Coopers can be defined with one saying, too many cooks in the kitchen. This film features a large and impressive cast, and the previews looked terrific, but I assure you, Ed Helm's little girl calling him a dick, is just about the only truly funny moment in this film. The story here has a lot of different angles, and they do come together quite nicely, but this film is not what it was intended to be, as the last thing I would refer to it as is a hilarious holiday film. A lot of people are going to see this film because of it's cast, and from young Timothee Chalamet to veteran Alan Arkin, this cast is remarkable, however the story is not, in fact this whole film was fairly dull. I expect a lot from the cast, but even Hollywood's best and brightest can't make a film work when the writing just isn't there. I love the concept and I really wanted to like this film, but in the end it's just a big disappointment.
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