Then the hunt is on to save Christmas, while Santa is charmingly sarcastic all along the way. Ranking: F ive golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree. Wrong place, wrong time, hostages, fumbling cops and gratuitous violence that did not work. This same mother jokes of having sex with the cable guy. Summary: When Eric Roth Luke Grimes goes on an impulsive journey to find the father he never knew, his search takes him to the remote desert town of El Camino, Nevada, where he's mistaken for a drug dealer by local, dim-witted law enforcement and winds up pinned down in a liquor store holdup with five other lost souls on Christmas Eve. Just watch Die Hard instead. Gun shots, characters shot and injured, shot and killed.
There's a single mother with a child who never speaks that ultimately ends up falling for the young drifter, to help fill in the checklist for what's almost mandatory for the more traditional variety of these movies. It's certainly not the traditional Christmas movie we've all come to expect. I Can't believe anyone actually ,liked this film, and I can't believe how many otherwise talented actors are in it. However, as he desperately tries to get the hell out of dodge, Carl catches up with him and they end up at Vincente's liquor store. Ranking: Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree! The movie verges on being depressing rather than funny. Finding a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or watch the David Talbert-directed movie via subscription can be tricky, so we here at Moviefone want to help you out.
This movie may be predictable in plot, but it's pretty groundbreaking in other ways. Also, fun fact: The castle in Aldovia happens to be the setting of yet another phenomenally cheesy holiday movie, 2011's , starring Outlander's Sam Heughan—you're welcome. It's pretty well made despite a low budget and Hallmark quality production. Police officers talk of arresting a teenager who had a meth lab in a barn. The really surprising part is just how violent it is.
What it really was, as noted, was every holiday movie cliché rolled into one film. As Caitlyn Flynn pointed out on , the film is sad on purpose, and it serves as a reminder that not everyone feels jolly during the holidays. And while you'll have to watch to see if Santa managed to save Christmas, we can confirm that Russell saved this Christmas movie. I wanted to see this film because of Kurtwood Smith Red in That 70s Show and Tim Allen but both actors had little to do or say. Besides all the alcohol consumption, there's marijuana smoking, cigarette smoking, and tobacco chewing. This movie attempts to be a dark comedy but ends up coming across as sub-Tarantino noir with down-and-out characters too depressing to be funny. Who can't relate to that? The Prince and the Pauper, but make it Christmas! I mean, that was the best plot device they could think of to get these people trapped in a liquor store? But the only reason this film doesn't place higher on this list is that the movie was mostly for Russell's work, in spite of the rest of the movie.
And, as Refinery29 pointed out, the movie works so well because it's the perfect blend of two beloved holiday movie tropes. Now, will I watch this movie at least two more times before Christmas Eve? The script is so awful, and these guys give wha absolute little they have, their total all. A Netflix review said it was like if Hallmark or Lifetime decided to make a violent rated-R movie. A Netflix review said it was like if Hallmark or Lifetime decided to make a violent rated-R movie. Sure, it's not the most surprising narrative, but it's a feel-good family tale that you can watch with relatives of all ages. They could still include the war stories and the cop not getting the blame could be explained away by him saying they had no way to prove anything. Synopsis: Amber is a journalist hoping for a big break on her first story: covering the royal family of Aldovia.
Her family is judgmental of her choice to be a photographer, and she's stuck in a dead-end job. This officer later is shown drunk while on duty and shooting his gun at the lead character's car during a pursuit. The plot would be lackluster if not for Russell's acting chops. He's wounded and we just want to leave. The time to gather around the fireplace, open presents, and drink a little too much eggnog. Or at least not too mad that you did.
I Can't believe anyone actually ,liked this film, and I can't believe how many otherwise talented actors are in it. This is something my grandmother and I have in common. Dax Shepard is a stand out, but Tim Allen clearly wants to wash his hands clean of his past life as The Santa Claus with this performance as a bitter alcoholic caught up in a hostage situation with his son. I mean, that was the best plot device they could think of to get these people trapped in a liquor store? Talbert-directed flick kicks off when honest Eric Grimes comes to El Camino in search of his long lost father. A forced romantic relationship is This was anything but a feel-good Christmas movie as the producers would have you believe. Rather than spreading Christmas cheer when he pulls into town looking for the father he never met, Eric Roth Luke Grimes inadvertently causes all hell to break loose when a local psychotic cop decides to make Not your average holiday film.
A police officer arrests a man just passing through town on a trumped-up charge and beats him with a billy club during the interrogation. The movie centers around two kids who try to trap Santa only to end up losing his precious bag of gifts. This, combined with the fact that the country of Aldovia is hemorrhaging money, means that the film suffers from a lack of the rom-com charm that made the first one so. But which are worth having on in the background while you finish your online shopping? Police engage in an inept gunfight in which they unwittingly fire on each other. Yet, it's not entirely devoid of warmth, humanity, and even a few seasonal clichés.
It isn't just the Christmas spirit that's missing, but also the sense of fun that the original had, as noted. If you've watched enough of these movies, you can see where this is going: She ends up spending more time in the small town than anticipated, finding both love and holiday spirit in the process. It was not funny at all. Through a series of mis-communications a shoot out ensues putting everybody in the store at risk. I think I have grounds to sue. Synopsis: A spoiled heiress has to travel back home and hand-deliver an important Christmas letter to receive her inheritance. Watch her get infatuated with Ethan Peck and start looking at her lifelong friend Quincy Brown differently, all in the few weeks leading up to Christmas.