Surviving Christmas

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Surviving Christmas is unpleasant characters attacking each other for 90 minutes before delivering a typical, hollow anti-consumerist message



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Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham 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" 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 comes home for the holidays, with no intention of adopting a new "brother."


Ben Affleck
as Drew Latham
Christina Applegate
as Alicia Valco
Catherine O'Hara
as Christine Valco
Josh Zuckerman
as Brian Valco
Bill Macy
as Doo-Dah
Jennifer Morrison
as Missy Vanglider
Udo Kier
as Heinrich
David Selby
as Horace Vanglider
Stephanie Faracy
as Letitia Vanglider
Stephen Root
as Dr. Freeman
Sy Richardson
as Doo-Dah Understudy
Phill Lewis
as Levine The Lawyer
Kate Hendrickson
as Santa's Photographer
Bridgette Ho
as Five-Year-Old
Hailey Johnson
as Little Girl
Sean Marquette
as Older Brother
Caitlin Fein
as Freeman Twin
Amanda Fein
as Freeman Twin
Bill Saito
as Christmas Past
Michael Patrick Bell
as Christmas Present
Michael Bell
as Christmas Present
Joshua Siegel
as Young Scrooge
Josh Siegel
as Young Scrooge
Sonya Eddy
as Security Lady
Bernard Smalls
as Security Man
Wynn Irwin
as Customer
Angela Gacad
as Cute Girl At Play
Tom Kenny
as Man Wrapping Gift
Joan Blair
as Lonely Lady
Joan M. Blair
as Lonely Lady
John Carter Brown
as Depressed Donator
William Thomas
as Choir Director
William Thomas Jr.
as Choir Director
Karen Furno
as Choir Member
Linda Kerns
as Choir Member
Cynthia Marty
as Choir Member
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  • Dec 07, 2013
    Lacking the magic of the season, Surviving Christmas is a shallow and uninspired film. Ben Affleck plays an eccentric millionaire ad executive who makes a deal with the family living at his childhood home to let him stay there and to help him live out his fantasy of an old fashion family Christmas. Affleck gives a phoned in performance, but co-star Christina Applegate really shines. The humor is also hit and miss, as a lot of it is in bad taste and inappropriate for a family comedy. There are a few moments of fun in Surviving Christmas, but there's no heart.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2012
    Surviving Christmas has got to be one of the worst Christmas films that I've seen. With a terrible cast, and directing, this film fails delivering laughs and ends up being a forgettable film that is simply not worth your time. This film has very poor acting, a bad story that just isn't interesting. I really didn't enjoy the film, and I thought it missed the mark in many ways. The film could have been good, but it simply doesn't have anything really good going on-onscreen. I'm not a big fan of Affleck's work, and I really hated him here. He really brought down the film, and that wasn't hard because the film was poorly written and wasn't enjoyable. There are far better Christmas films out there; however this one just fails and ends up being quite forgettable. Don't expect anything good with one. As a Holiday film, this one fails and doesn't really have stand out comedic elements. This is a poorly constructed comedy that is forgettable, and as a Christmas film, it fails. The film definitely doesn't have anything memorable about. This is just a bad film with a cast that are wooden and can't really turn the material into something good. This is one of the worst Christmas films that I've seen, and it doesn't make you laugh, in the end it just annoys you at how stupid this film is. James Gandolfini was superb in the Sopranos, but here he's awful. Same goes for Affleck, although I don't like him, he was great in The Town. However here is definitely a perfect example as to why he often misses the mark as an actor. Avoid this film, and watch Christmas Vacation instead.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    This has Soprano...Applegate....and Ben Affleck (not so much...)....and it has some funny moments...But it just doesn't cut the mustard...
    Martin S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2011
    An annoying and silly film which proves that Affleck should stay away from comedies. His character is annoying as hell which makes it difficult to watch but there are some funny moments and along with the message of looking after your family, it makes you feel a bit better inside.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer

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