This Christmas (2007)
Critic Consensus: This Christmas features strong performances and a sharp portrayal of family dynamics, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés.
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as Joseph 'Joe' Black
as Quentin Whitfield Jr.
as Shirley Ann Whitfield
as Michael Whitfield
as LCpl. Claude Whitfield
as Lisa Moore
as Devean Brooks
as Malcome Moore
as Kelli Whitfield
as Melanie Whitfield
as Cousin Fred
as Rev. Caldwell
as Officer No. 1
as Tree Lot Attendant
as El Rey MC
as Jazz Songstress
as Gospel Singer
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Critic Reviews for This Christmas
o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel.
This is good-natured, determinedly aspirational African-American entertainment, but did it have to be quite so heavy on the clichés?
I could actually see this becoming kind of a minor perennial during the holidays.
If the real-life Christmas experience tends too often to be marred by the rude contradiction between expectations and reality, movies like the ultra-bland holiday family movie This Christmas are at least partly to blame.
An incoherent mess in which scenes of teary reconciliations sit uncomfortably next to protracted gags involving catfights, car wrecks and a big bottle of baby oil.
Audience Reviews for This Christmas
It was okay for a Christmas movie. Gets a bit sentimental at the end, but I think that's true of most for this genre. On the whole I enjoyed it and it was nice to see a Christmas movie focusing on an African American family. The one thing that really bothered me and is the reason i took a half star off my rating, is because of the baby oil beating scene. Yes, I got that the husband was a liar and sleaze and had been treating his wife like crap for years, but that was really pretty bad. If it had have been the husband doing that to the wife, I don't think it would have been portrayed in a humorous light. Beating is still beating, it is wrong whoever does it. Anyhow, that small issue aside, this was an enjoyable movie, good to watch at Christmas time. Likeable cast and some laughs and dysfunction mixed in with the cheese.
Too much Family Drama Movie for me.
Just to watch when you got nothing to do else, it was an ok movie nothing big. A Christmas time drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years
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