Love the Coopers

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When the dysfunctional Cooper family celebrates Christmas Eve together unexpected visitors show up in the comedy Love the Coopers. Leading up to Christmas when the Cooper family is going to gather together Sam (John Goodman) and his wife Charlotte (Diane Keaton) plan to tell their family they are going to separate after forty years of marriage. (Now that’s the way to begin a great family gathering) They will be joined by their unemployed photographer son Hank (Ed Helms) and his son. Charlotte’s younger sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) was going to show up, but she is arrested for shoplifting jewelry in a mall so she takes a long ride in a cop car with Officer Williams (Anthony Mackie) who gives her some good life lessons. (So far this isn’t the most fun and exciting Christmas story) Also attending is their retired professor father Bucky (Alan Arkin) who is having a good time with diner waitress Ruby (Amanda Seyfried), that is until they arrive at the Cooper house. The most interesting storyline is about their daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) who is always lonely at Christmas, but this year she talks to a soldier named Joe (Jake Laty) in the airport and then takes him home as her fiancée. Not only do the Coopers have their own individual problems, but when they are together even more issues arise. As you can guess most of this film is kind of depressing. Yes, it has a small bit of humor and the family even sings some Christmas songs but it is far from inspiring. Even if you enjoy this type of movie, it’s very hard to follow with so many characters and story lines. (No, it’s not because I’m blind, but scenes were changing faster then I could drink my egg nog) Did I mention that the film is narrated by the family dog? (Okay now I’m laughing about that) The movie does end with some uplifting scenes and I even heard some sniffling coming from the ladies in the audience. I know some people will actually hate the Coopers while others may love them, but I’m splitting it down the middle with a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.