Nothing Like The Holidays

Messing, Debra

SKU: 013138306982

UPC 013138306982
Release Date 2009-10-27
Studio Startz/Anchor Bay
Discs 2
Length 98
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS is this year's warm and fuzzy Christmas movie....The film offers some funny and heartwarming[A]n efficient home-for-Christmas ensemble comedy....The most engaging moments of NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS are the festive party sequences...The performers breathe real life into the characters....The dialogue, the specifics, and especially the acting take charge, and the movie becomes funny, sad, corny, romantic, heartfelt, all when it needs to be.Alfred De Villa (WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, YELLOW) directs this tale of a Puerto Rican family gathering at their family home in Chicago's Humboldt Park for the holidays. On the surface, the Rodriguez family has much to be thankful for this Christmas. Eldest son Mauricio (John Leguizamo) is a lawyer on the verge of making partner and his wife is a Wall Street dynamo (Debra Messing), daughter Roxanna (Vanessa Ferlito) is a movie star, and youngest son Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez) has just returned home from a tour in Iraq. For the first time in years, the three siblings will all be home for the holidays, and their parents, Anna (Elizabeth Peña) and Eduardo (Alfred Molina), are elated. Except that Mauricio's wife isn't Puerto Rican, and despite her mother-in-law's constant pleas, she's in no rush to have a baby. Meanwhile, Roxanna is more of a struggling actress then a star, and Jesse is having a hard time adjusting to regular life and facing Marissa (Melonie Diaz), the one that got away when he enlisted. To make matters worse, their mother suspects their father of cheating and has decided that she wants a divorce. Overall, this is a film about a family coming together for Christmas, but learning much more about each other and themselves. More of a dramedy then a comedy, most of the laughs belong to Luis Guzmán as cousin Johnny. Jay Hernandez also appears as Ozzy, a close family friend who works at Eduardo's bodega and is struggling with his own demons. Leguizamo, Ferlito, and Rodriguez are believable as siblings who love each other even when they can't stand each other. Peña and Molina are well-cast as the matriarch and patriarch who ultimately put family first despite their differences.[A] broad, warm, aspirational 'tis-the-season concoction about a raucous family -- mom, dad, three grown kids, assorted significant others -- reunited at Christmas.NOTHING LIKE THE HOLDAYS mixes family melodrama with the good cheer of the season, all with a distinct Latin flavor....The atmosphere is easygoing and the actors seem relaxed...
Cast Vanessa Ferlito (Star)
Alison Swan (Screenwriter)
Ted Perkins (Screenwriter)
Elizabeth Peña (Star)
Rene Rigal (Executive Producer)
Luis Guzman (Star)
Debra Messing (Star)
Ramses Jimenez (Star)
Paul Oakenfold (Composer)
Robert Teitel (Producer)
Reid Brody (Executive Producer)
Freddy Rodriguez (Executive Producer)
Alfred Molina (Star)
John Leguizamo (Star)
Melonie Diaz (Star)
Scott Kevan (Director of Photography)
George Tillman (Producer)
Alfredo de Villa (Director)
Rick Najera (Screenwriter)
Jay Hernandez (Star)
Freddy Rodriguez (Star)
Paul Kim (Executive Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region 1 Note: Disc One: Nothing Like A Family: Cast Reunion Audio Commentary with Actor/Producer Freddy Rodriguez, Director Alfredo De Villa and Producer Robert Teitel Picture-In-Picture Insider Exclusive with the Cast Bloopers Theatrical Trailer Disc #2: Digital Copy of Nothing Like The Holidays for Portable Media Players Special Edition Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby True HD 5.1 - Spanish PCM Stereo - Spanish Subtitles - English, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Holiday Video,Feature Film Comedy,Feature Film Drama
Attribute Standard Screen,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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