Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Movie Review: Nothing Like The Holidays


I discovered this gem a few years ago (I rented it) and have loved it ever since. It is one of my favorite Christmas movies.

It is a about a Puerto Rican family in Chicago. Jesse is back from serving in Iraq, Roxanna is a struggling actress, and Mauricio lives in New York with his Jewish wife, Sarah. They all come home for Christmas. They are all crazy lol.

The dad, Edy, owns a bodega and is hoping that Jessie will take it over, but Jessie is fighting demons from his time in Iraq. He is also still in love with his ex-girlfriend, Marissa, but she is in a relationship. Everyone thinks Roxanna is a successful actress, but she is waiting for her big break. She reconnects with an old boyfriend, who has some isuues of his own (a gang member who killed his brother who is out of jail). Mauricio feels the pressure to give his mom grandchildren, but his wife, Sarah, who is a very successful hedge fund manager, is not ready.

The first night home everyone is at the dinner table yelling and Sarah asks Mauricio why everyone is fighting and he says "They're not fighting, they're conversating". Then the mom, Anna, announces that she is divorcing Edy because she believes he is cheating on her. This has everyone in an uproar.

Although there are several plots going, they are all very easy to follow. The movie has some very hilarious moments (like when they try to cut down a tree and are dancing at the bar) and some very touching ones (like the Pallenda, where everyone in the neighborhood goes caroling to the church). This movie makes me want to be Puerto Rican!

Have you ever seen this movie? What did you think?

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