Almost Christmas

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It’s only five days till Christmas and the members of a large family decide to spend Christmas together in their childhood home in the drama-comedy, Almost Christmas. It’s been a few months since the wife of Walter Meyers (Danny Glover) passed away and their four adult children are coming home to Birmingham, Alabama for Christmas. The eldest sister Cheryl (Kimberly Elise) is a dentist and the younger sister Rachel, (Gabrielle Union) is headstrong and recently divorced. They are constantly fighting and have been for quite a few years. (We don’t really know the reason for the bickering.) The oldest brother Christian, (Romany Malco) is a politician who is involved in proposed closing of the homeless shelter that once took in his deceased mother, and the youngest brother Evan, (Jessie T. Usher) is a college basketball star who is devastated by his mother’s death and addicted to pain pills. Other family members include Lonnie (J.B. Smoove) who is married to Cheryl and has a roving eye and Aunt May (Monique), Walter’s foul-mouthed sister-in-law who wears a different colored wig each day. In one sub-plot, the neighbor Malachi (Omar Epps) tries to rekindle the relationship he began with Rachel in high school. The five days they spend together focuses on the Meyers family searching for their mother’s recipe box while thinking about their dreams and regrets. Even though this film has an all-star cast, I had my reservations. After all, how many Christmas movies come out each year where a family is thrown together just to fight. Well, I was wrong (the first time since 1982) and I enjoyed it. The film was funny with several laugh out loud moments and the dramatic scenes weren’t so heavy that you felt depressed. Danny Glover and Monique were fantastic and the rest of the cast was hilarious. There were a couple – in fact, several – predictable twists but not enough to distract from the comedic charm. This may be the best dramatic Christmas film I have seen in years and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 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.