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Happy Christmas

USA 2014
produced by
Peter Gilbert, Joe Swanberg for Tiki Bar Films, Lucky Coffee Productions
directed by Joe Swanberg
starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Joe Swanberg, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Jude Swanberg, Chris Swanson, Eldar Kim, Megan Mercier, Chris Renton, Kris Swanberg
written by Joe Swanberg

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Christmas is not far off, and suddenly happily married couple Jeff (Joe Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) - plus their nor yet two-year-old Jude (Jude Swanberg) - find themselves burdened with his sister Jenny (Anna Kendrick) who's just gone through a messy breakup and now needs a place to stay - and space is the one thing Jeff and Kelly have more than enough ...

Even on their first night though, Jenny proves to be a bit of a problem, partying at someone she doesn't know and forcing Jeff (who's quite a bit older and more "mature") to pick her up. Naturally, Kelly isn't too keen on all of this, and she struggles to find common ground with Jenny even - and then Jenny starts to persuade Kelly to get back into writing, and even helps her write an erotic novel in pretty much record time  - and Kelly does grow attached to Jenny ...

Jenny though is also a bit too attached to getting stoned, and when her main supplier (Mark Webber) (also Jeff and Kelly's babysitter, incidently), who also might be her boyfriend, blows it, Jenny almost burns eown Jeff and Kelly's house ...

 

Happy Christmas is basically a really likeable real life movie: Sure, beneath everything else, director Joe Swanberg might just sharing parts from his own life story (which I'm sure has striking similarities to this movie) - but he does have a good cast at hand, a good story, the dialogue is poignant enough, and the direction is light-footed enough as well. Totally worth your time!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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