Tuesday, 22 December 2015



Starring John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, OliviaWilde, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb and Jake Lacy. Written by Steven Rogers and directed by Jessie Nelson. Budget $34 million.

There's lots to love about Christmas, family, pressies, friends, good food and good will and it's safe to say that Christmas with the Coopers isn't one of them, indeed it's the very antithesis of Christmas, featuring as it does a multi-plot trawl through the four generations of the Coopers, a miserable bunch of shits (with the exception of Alan Arkin) who mope about stealing, divorcing, lying and generally being a bunch of tossers. Goodman and Keaton are the titular Coopers, and the rest either sons, daughters and who cares. They're all just there to offer us a fake scenario for Christmas and to see how it changes them. Along the way, the unseen narrator, one Steve Martin, gives us potted histories or stories about each of these characters and even some NPC ones.

This film is the very definition of bitter sweet. None on the stories have anything happy going for them, but then on the other hand, none of them are that particularly horrible. Jesus, i saw this 3 hours ago and I can barely remember it.

Oh, wait. I remember enough of it to warn you not to waste your time, it's just not worth it, it's too slight and twee to be worthwhile and you'll only find yourself frustrated and realising that you've already squandered two hours and some change of your Christmas break.

So, leave it and spend your time with your family, they're all far more fun than the Coopers.


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