Theatrical Release: 2007
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 119 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
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This year Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. As their lives converge, they join together and help each other discover the true meaning of family.
Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine, and R&B singer Chris Brown star in this laughter-filled drama about a family gathering for the holidays. But Christmas becomes less about unwrapping presents and more about uncovering secrets as the relatives realize that everyone has something to hide.
Despite the often heavy subject matter, the film has the glow and sheen of a lighthearted romantic comedy. The characters may be awash in drama, but they contend with their troubles in impeccable wardrobes and settings, so that even the barroom brawls have an almost cozy look to them. While some might feel the packed storyline was in more need of trimming than the tree, the tidy ending makes for perfect feel-good holiday fare. If only all family discord could end with a dance-off to Kool & the Gang!
|Rating Reason||for comic sexual content and some violence|