Surviving Christmas (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Surviving Christmas is unpleasant characters attacking each other for 90 minutes before delivering a typical, hollow anti-consumerist message


Movie Info

Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with family. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew's family. Nevertheless, Drew has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the fact that the "family" in question, the Valcos, are complete strangers, isn't about to put a crimp in his plans. Offering them a small fortune, Drew bribes his newfound "parents" to let him spend Christmas … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language and a brief drug reference)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin, Jeff Ventimilia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
Box Office: $11.2M
Runtime:
Dreamworks - Official Site

Cast


as Drew Latham

as Alicia Valco

as Christine Valco

as Brian Valco

as Doo-Dah

as Missy Vanglider

as Heinrich

as Horace Vanglider

as Letitia Vanglider

as Dr. Freeman

as Doo-Dah Understudy

as Kathryn

as Levine The Lawyer

as Santa's Photographer

as Five-Year-Old

as Little Girl

as Older Brother

as Freeman Twin

as Freeman Twin

as Christmas Past

as Christmas Present

as Christmas Present

as Young Scrooge

as Young Scrooge

as Security Lady

as Security Man

as Customer

as Cute Girl At Play

as Man Wrapping Gift

as Lonely Lady

as Lonely Lady

as Depressed Donator

as Choir Director

as Choir Director

as Choir Member

as Choir Member

as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for Surviving Christmas

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (32)

Pique on earth and ill will toward men permeate this mirthless comedy.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

The moral is that money can indeed buy happiness.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Surviving Christmas is a mediocre ninety-minute sit-com; if you're looking for wit and humor, stay away.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011
ComingSoon.net

You'll be lucky if you survive this dumb movie.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Ben Affleck needs to stop making movies.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Surviving Christmas

½

Even for a xmas movie, this is pretty poor. Ben Affleck is really hammy in this, but I guess it's not really his fault as the script is just unbelievable (and not in a good way!). Who would seriously believe that a yuppie guy with a beautiful apartment would pay some random family to pretend to be his over xmas because they happen to live in the house he grew up in? And along the way he falls in love with his pretend "sister" who hates his guts (Christina Applegate - main reason I even bothered).
It has a few small moments that are mildly amusing, but far and few between. I guess the xmas lights in it are pretty. Lol. What else can you say about it...

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Nothing short of awful. When picking a film I guess the actor has to first read the script and then read the pay cheque. I can only imagine that the pay cheque made more sense than the script. Truly awful, and that's saying something for a Christmas film! It makes absolutely no sense what so ever, isn't funny and doesn't even have a cheesy moral. Rubbish.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

Surviving Christmas has got to be one of the worst Christmas films that I've seen. With a terrible cast, and directing, this film fails delivering laughs and ends up being a forgettable film that is simply not worth your time. This film has very poor acting, a bad story that just isn't interesting. I really didn't enjoy the film, and I thought it missed the mark in many ways. The film could have been good, but it simply doesn't have anything really good going on-onscreen. I'm not a big fan of Affleck's work, and I really hated him here. He really brought down the film, and that wasn't hard because the film was poorly written and wasn't enjoyable. There are far better Christmas films out there; however this one just fails and ends up being quite forgettable. Don't expect anything good with one. As a Holiday film, this one fails and doesn't really have stand out comedic elements. This is a poorly constructed comedy that is forgettable, and as a Christmas film, it fails. The film definitely doesn't have anything memorable about. This is just a bad film with a cast that are wooden and can't really turn the material into something good. This is one of the worst Christmas films that I've seen, and it doesn't make you laugh, in the end it just annoys you at how stupid this film is. James Gandolfini was superb in the Sopranos, but here he's awful. Same goes for Affleck, although I don't like him, he was great in The Town. However here is definitely a perfect example as to why he often misses the mark as an actor. Avoid this film, and watch Christmas Vacation instead.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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