Review: Christmas with the Coopers

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Christmas with the Coopers is an uplifting, funny, sweet and emotional family movie that will certainly get you in the holiday mood. With an all star cast (including Steve Martin as the narrator/family dog) there’s no doubt this will be a classic Christmas movie for years to come.

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One of the reasons this movie is so relatable is it shows just how dysfunctional families can be, especially at Christmastime when all are forced together to interact. Parents Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) are hosting Christmas, for what they plan to be the last time, because they are breaking up. Meanwhile their son Hank (Ed Helms) is managing his own impending divorce and losing his job. Hanks son’s too have their own issues while dealing with their parents separation.

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Add to that his sister Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) is afraid to come home single yet again and so when she meets a soldier Joe (Jake Lacy) at the airport, decides he might be the answer to her problems. The trouble doesn’t end there with Charlotte’s sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) and father Bucky (Alan Arkin) having their own issues with loneliness. As you can see the movie shows the utter chaos that family life can bring, especially during the holidays.

Christmas with the Coopers is a touching and sweet movie that really put me in the mood for Christmas. It may be sentimental and a little cheesy, but there’s nothing wrong with that at this time of the year!

3 stars