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Surviving Christmas
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Directed By
Mike Mitchell

Written By:
Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan, Jeffrey Ventimilia

Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine O'Hara, Josh Zuckerman, Bill Macy, Jennifer Morrison, Udo Kier, David Selby, Stephanie Faracy, Stephen Root, Sy Richardson, Tangie Ambrose, Peter Jason

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Surviving Christmas (2004)
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Movie Review by AJ
April 18th, 2006

Surviving Christmas began shooting without a complete script. That's trouble sign #1. #2 is that it was pushed back ten months from its original December 2003 release date so as not to have to compete with another Ben Affleck vehicle, Paycheck. Yes, the producers were actually scared that the movie wouldn't stand up to the little-seen, much-maligned Paycheck. That just can't be good. Thus, it opened in October 2004, a week before Halloween. To little surprise, it flopped at the box office. Even viewing it in April 2006, its weakness is still evident. Viewing it in any month will cause the viewer to realize that it is a horrible waste of talent: Ben Affleck is a decent actor if you give him something to work with, but his character here is so jumbled and confused (is he a grown-up who never got to grow up or just an eccentric millionaire?), and James Gandolfini of The Sopranos fame is rendered almost completely impotent by the script (or lack thereof). Instead of a good cup of Hollywood holiday cheer, this is a smug, annoying, tepid, and pretty well angry lump of black coal that gets ash on the résumé of everyone involved.

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