Flawed Christmas Parable
Release Date: November 21, 2007
Starring: Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba,
Loretta Devine, Chris Brown,
Keith Robinson, Laz Alonso,
Columbus Short, Sharon Leal,
Lauren London, Mekhi Phifer,
and Regina King
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 118 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
Executive Producer: Mekhi Phifer, Ronnie Warner,
Paddy Cullen, Damon Lee, and
Producer: Will Packer and Preston A.
Writer: Preston A. Whitmore II
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For the first time in four years, Shirley, the matriarch of the Whitfield clan affectionately known as Ma’ Dere, has her three sons and three daughters visiting for Christmas. Shirley is ecstatic. The eldest daughter, Lisa, is trying to convince the other siblings to sell the dry cleaning business Shirley runs. Sister Kelli, however, is dead set against doing anything Lisa or Lisa’s secretive husband Malcolm want to do. Meanwhile, the eldest son, Quentin, doesn’t tell the family about the $25,000 he owes in gambling debts. The rest of the siblings have their own secrets, but so does Shirley, including the full extent of her relationship with longtime boyfriend, Joe Black, a church deacon.
Everything comes to a boil around Christmas Eve. Only their hope and faith in family bonds can pull them through the various personal crises.
THIS CHRISTMAS has too many characters and too many subplots, but it reveals the warmth and conflicts of family life in an entertaining, well-acted way. The movie also contains strong Christian elements, including a great dinner prayer led by the family’s new patriarch, Joe. These positive elements are diminished, however, by some immoral conduct by various characters. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution to moviegoers.
THIS CHRISTMAS has too many characters and too many subplots, but it reveals the warmth and conflicts of family life in an entertaining way. The movie also contains strong Christian elements, including a great dinner prayer led by the family’s new patriarch, Joe. The positive elements, however, are diminished by some immoral conduct by various characters. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution to moviegoers.