Every Christmas Sam Cooper (John Goodman) and his wife Charlotte (Diane Keaton) want nothing more than to host the perfect festive feast for all their loved ones where absolutely nothing can go wrong. However, old dramas, bizarre quirks and family bickering soon promise to derail the evening with Sam and Charlotte's efforts to contain the chaos creating a hilarious festive disaster that leads to the surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of Christmas.
Guinely funny and entertaining Yuletide movie
- Christmas with the Coopers review by PV
I usually very much dislike American movies that wallow in psychobabble and focus on people's feelings and problems. This does that - sort of. But what it also does is show us portraits of believable people in interesting situations with snappy and intelligent dialogue - and so as this feel-good film progressed I warmed to it more and more.
It's not perfect but it's WAY better than most Christmas movies and I really enjoyed it.
The dog is great too BUT didn't really believe a certain aspect of that.
The old people here steal the show rather than the kids too.
I can imagine that if this had been done by the BBC on UK TV it'd all be full of noisy northern women and domestics - but here THANK GOODNESS they focus on character and telling a good story.
So 4 stars
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE COOPERS
- Christmas with the Coopers review by SM
I didn't really like this film despite all the good actors in it. Not all all believable & at times tedious.