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Surviving Christmas


Overview - Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) is a wealthy marketing executive who is fed up with spending Christmas alone every year. But the Valco family--parents Tom (James Gandolfini) and Christine (Catherine O'Hara), and their two kids Brian (Josh Zuckerman) and Alicia (Christina Applegate)--who live in Drew's old family home, have each other.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) is a wealthy marketing executive who is fed up with spending Christmas alone every year. But the Valco family--parents Tom (James Gandolfini) and Christine (Catherine O'Hara), and their two kids Brian (Josh Zuckerman) and Alicia (Christina Applegate)--who live in Drew's old family home, have each other. When Drew's idea of spending Christmas in Fiji is turned down by his girlfriend, he decides to revisit his old neighborhood in an attempt to muster up some feelings of seasonal cheer. The Valcos' life of suburban tranquility is rudely interrupted when Drew turns up on their doorstep and offers them $250,000 if they'll let him stay with them over the holiday period. A lawyer swiftly draws up a contract, with the main stipulation stating the family must provide Drew with a sense of "Yuletide glee." What could be easier than that? Well, quite a lot it seems, as the unenthusiastic group is dragged through the seasonal mire by the demanding Drew. Eventually the tension turns to laughter, however, and family matters take a turn for the better as director Mike Mitchell (DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO) brings SURVIVING CHRISTMAS to a poignant close. With Tom and Christine patching up their marital problems by using Drew as a conduit for their troubles, and daughter Alicia developing a blossoming romance with the now-welcome house guest, Drew manages to inadvertently trigger the seasonal joy he'd been trying so hard to discover.

Cast List

Randy Edelman - American Composer
Betty Thomas - TV/Film Director/Actress
Bill Macy - American TV/Film Actor
William Macy - American TV/Film Actor
Ben Affleck - Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING
Harry Elfont - Screenwriter - A Very Brady Sequel
James Gandolfini - American actor, THE SOPRANOS
Jenno Topping - Producer
Deborah Kaplan - Screenwriter
Christina Applegate - American actress, SAMANTHA WHO
Craig McKay - Editor
Mike Mitchell - Director
Josh Zuckerman - Actor, GOLDMEMBER (2002)
Catherine O'Hara - Emmy-winning American actress, BEETLE JUICE,
Patricia Whitcher - Producer

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929304851
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

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Holiday
Christmas
Theatrical Release
Holiday/Seasonal Music
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THEATRICAL RELEASE: OCTOBER 22, 2004

 
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