I laughed so hard during this movie my face hurt. Ben Affleck was hilarious and reminded me of a pretty boy Jack Black in this role. Gandolfini gives his typical A performance. The entire cast is funny, the story pretty good and the comic moments awesome. I went into this movie not expecting much so perhaps that is why I was so surprised to come out of the flick thoroughly pleased and facially exhausted. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys comedy, can identify with loneliness during the holidays and/or putting up with the relatives. The best part to this film to me anyway were <more>
the subtle bits of humor that caught me completely off guard and had me laughing long after the rest of the audience had stopped. Namely, the scene involving the lighting of the Christmas tree. Go see it and have a good laugh!
The truth is this is a Great movie for all ages!! (by moosetales-1)
I took my 10yr old son and 15 yr old daughter, and we all loved the movie. I will be buying it on video. I think people are slamming the movie based on political disagreements, or the J- Lo thing. The movie was very funny!! We all laughed out loud, and left talking about buying or seeing it again. It had all the Christmas hoopla, romance, and lots of laughs. It left you leaving happy, and looking forward to celebrating Christmas. You can't ask for much more in a movie. I almost missed out because of unfair comments about this movie, but a clip on a talk show made me want to see it. So <more>
glad I saw the clip! Go see it you won't be disappointed: Christina Applegate and Ben Affleck were great, and the Dad on this movie was too. I didn't recognize him from anything, but he was a perfect match for the part.
think for yourselves and go see it (by jacquie-hayhoe)
i have seen this movie twice now, a good fun Christmas movie, again, the critics are out for ben affleck, again, the fans are amazed and outraged, on leaving the cinemas in sussex in the uk, 3 guys were saying , it was good, not as bad as they made it out to be, affleck was good wasn't he, you know, i hope this review isn't removed as i am saying nice things about ben but , so much of the criticism of this movie is just one critic following the other, yawn yawn, i have seen much worse movies and at least ben is lovely to look at, he is realistic and funny ,he bounces of applegate well <more>
and his interaction with james gandolfini is believable, go see it, stop bashing ben aimed at critics and media alike and make your own judgment, who needs film critics, remember those who can do, those who cant, sit and write about it, i can never understand someone else allowing another person to make a decision for them, think for yourselves and go see it,
What would you expect from a film titled 'Surviving Christmas'and presented as 'festive fun', something like Ghandi or English patient? There are lots of things I love about this film, it's funny, it is very well cast and it is superbly written. I came to the film as a Kaplan/Elfort fan but was dubious when I read the plot, it sounded ridiculous. But the film doesn't come across like that because Affleck as Drew Latham plays his part perfectly, one minute a child-like adult, the next a mature man who realises he has gained everything in life apart from what he really <more>
wants. In fact we see Latham grow up in this film, when he encounters the problems of those he envies and realises that their lives are not so good, he sees that his own lot is not so bad.This film has fewer weak or dud scenes than many other comedies I have seen. Comedy is so much harder than any other type of drama, it either works or it doesn't and very few comedy writers get it correct every time.I particularly loved the drama scene, where the family take to reading parts written by Latham . The pleasure is in the reaction of Tom Valco James Gandolfini and the comments of Brian Valco Josh Zuckerman . It is the dilemma of the greedy Tom Valco who has to bite his tongue, wear silly hats or sing to the Christmas tree in order to earn the prize money that keeps the film moving along well.The addition of daughter Alicia Christina Applegate into the story brings a delightful romantic angle, and why not in a Christmas film? Of course its corny and contrived; he's rich and handsome, she's beautiful and single, and so inevitably her and Afflect end up falling over together in the snow and finding themselves face to face. Great! One thing I would have liked was more use of festive music to boost the atmosphere but I can't really complain. I got what I wanted.
Totally underrated Christmas flick ! Entertaining at best. (by Cinema_Love)
I will start this review by saying this: Don't read the other comments ! Sure this film isn't Christmas Vacation or Home Alone, no it's not in this category ! But if you compared to Four Christmases, Christmas with the Kranks or Fred Clause, this is about the same quality level, you have to watch this movie with your brain at off, it's entertaining and the actors do their role very well, in fact, the acting is pretty strong and the jokes are almost all funny ! So forget what you read if you haven't seen, it's a good Christmas movie. I understand why actors like to do <more>
this movie, they never forget that they were childs one day and it's truly fun to watch them in this kind of movie. And Christmas is very soon, i watch this movie every year since i buy it in 2005 and i don't regret my choice !
One of my favorite holiday movies (by mollymoomoo)
Come on people. This movie is better than 4. I can see this happening...wealthy people have done crazier things than this. And it was funny.I watch a comedy to be entertained, escape from the pressures of the world for a short while, and not to have to take anything too seriously. This movie fully suits that purpose. I judge a movie on its own merits and am not about to compare Surviving Christmas to Blazing Saddles. I watched totally dysfunctional people grow into caring, likable individuals who could easily live down the street from my home. It will remain on my list of <more>
"favorite.....must watch for the holiday season". If you just want to have a fun 90 minutes, watch this one.
Its a good thing I rented the movie before seeing the viewer rating from this site. It was a wonderful movie that I will be adding to my Christmas selection. The cast was wonderfully chosen and Ben Affleck plays a good leading role. I would tell viewers who have not seen the movie to go ahead and buy it. I rate it right up there with Christmas vacation. The movie was very funny and well written and Ben plays the eccentric rich executive very well. The things he says and does is just how I would imagine a person with too much money to act. The movie is much funnier than The Santa Claus and <more>
Christmas With The Kranks. Plus it has a good story line and teaches the true meaning of Christmas which is you can't buy love with money.
At first i didn't think that Ben Affleck could really pull off a funny Christmas movie,, boy was i wrong, my daughter invited me to watch this with her and i was not disappointed at all. James Gandolfini was funny,, i really liked Christina Appelagate, and Catherine O' Hara was good too, the storyline is what really sold me,, i mean,, too put up with family,, at the table for people you only hardly see but once or twice a year,, and probably don't get along with anyway,, you really do need as much alcohol as you're system can stand to deal with Christmas,, so i thought that <more>
the premise was good there, buying the family with 250000 dollars, was a little on the far fetched side,, but it turned out to work pretty good for me,, cause it was a riot all the way through, it shows the class struggle of the different families. it has lot's of funny moments, including embarrassing stuff on the computer for a teenage boy. all in all i loved this movie and will watch it again next Christmas or sooner if my daughter wants too.
I had some reservations about this movie, I figured it would be the usual bill of fare --- a formula movie about Christmas. Being in the middle of a heat wave in late June, we decided to give it a shot anyway, maybe we would see some snow.This movie turned out to be one laugh after another. Ben Affleck was believable in his character, but the real star of this one is James Gandofini. He delivered his lines with a real wit about him and made a great "dad".If you want to have an enjoyable couple of hours, definitely check this one out.