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Nothing Like the Holidays [Blu-ray] [Includes Digital Copy; Special Edition]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 Pea) 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 Guzmn 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. Pea and Molina are well-cast as the matriarch and patriarch who ultimately put family first despite their differences.
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  • Credits
    Vanessa Ferlito, Elizabeth Pea, Elizabeth Pena, Luis Guzmn, Luis Guzman, Debra Messing, Ramses Jimenez, Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo, Melonie Diaz, Jay Hernandez, Freddy Rodriguez
  • Critic Reviews
    "NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS is this year's warm and fuzzy Christmas movie....The film offers some funny and heartwarming moments..."us
    USA Today

    "[A]n efficient home-for-Christmas ensemble comedy....The most engaging moments of NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS are the festive party sequences..."
    New York Times

    "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."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] broad, warm, aspirational 'tis-the-season concoction about a raucous family -- mom, dad, three grown kids, assorted significant others -- reunited at Christmas."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "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..."
    Hollywood Reporter

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