ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016) – My rating: 8.5/10

almostchristmasAlmost Christmas is funny but sad. You might be cheered up on one hand but if you’ve ever lost a loved one, especially during the holidays, memories will come flooding back. After loosing his wife, Walter Meyers (Danny Glover) still living in the house where he and his wife raised their children, decides to have the traditional Christmas dinner with all the family, as usual. However, Walter knows if his daughters Rachel (Gabrielle Union) and Cheryl (Kimberly Elise) and sons Christian (Romany Malco) and Evan (Jessie Usher) can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle. As the family begins to gather, Walter realizes this reunion, without his wife, is easier said than done. The first family member to arrive is Aunt May, (Mo’Nique) who is a no nonsense tell-it-like-it-is kind of gal with lots of spunk.  Cheryl, a doctor and the eldest daughter, arrives for the holidays with her husband Lonnie (J. B. Smoove), a former basketball player who was famous when he played overseas in Croatia.  Rachel struggles to financially support herself and her daughter due to her recent divorce and is studying to become a lawyer.  Walter’s eldest son, Christian, struggles with balancing his campaign to become a congressman and his desire to spend time with his family. Christian even invites his campaign manager,  Brooks (John Michael Higgins) along, to get more work done.  Evan is a successful football player recovering from a shoulder injury, however when his coach tells him his arm is completely healed, Evan struggles to give up his pain medication.

The dysfunction and laughs started the moment Aunt May arrived.  Walter remained melancholy throughout the movie.  It was uplifting to see the family come together at the end and Walter come to gripes with his loss.  Almost Christmas was heart warming and gave a profound message to all at a time when we really need some comfort.  I think this movie is a refreshing change from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life.

 

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