Directed by Mike Mitchell, Surviving Christmas finds Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) uneager to spend another lonely Christmas in his own home. Longing for holidays past, Drew travels to his childhood home intending to relive the experience of a family Christmas -- unfortunately, his family no longer lives there. This represents only a small snafu to Drew, who offers the Valco patriarch and his wife (Sopranos star James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara) a huge amount of money if they consent to pretend they are his parents and that he is a cherished member of the family. This entails participating in Latham family traditions, such as Christmas tree selection and crowded holiday shopping excursions. Though the Valcos reluctantly go along with Drew's requests, Alicia, their eldest daughter, arrives at home and refuses to comply with her "brother's" wishes. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
Funny movie! Laughed alot. Not a big Ben Affleck fan, but he was actually funny. If you like romantic comedy, with a ton of laughs then you will like this movie. It a bit slow in getting started, but once he gets his new family....its a gas!
It's the comic timing and charm of Christina Applegate that raises the rating for me. She makes the movie. I enjoy the concept of holiday movies so even when they are mediocre I enjoy them. This has some laughs and a little rom-com thrown in. Not exactly Frank Capra-esque but a goos movie to see once a year.
This movie sucked. Totally not worth renting. I can't believe Ben Affleck gets paid money to act like that. Terrible, just terrible. Some celebrities are sooo not worth the money they make. Dr's do more for mankind and deserve more money than actors like that. Sad.
Cute movie especially if you watch it during the Christmas Season. It touched me, it's also good to see another side of Ben, a gentle side. You can really feel the emotions in which his character displayed in this movie. I have to admit that during the movie I shedded a tear. GOOD CHRISTMAS MOVIE.
Don't expect an Oscar-winning film, and you won't be disappointed. It is worth the rent just to see a working class Tony Soprano - the family characters are funny and relatable. Quite a few funny one-liners too.