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A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 22 November 2014 (Canada)
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Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Director:

Tristram Shapeero

Writer:

Phil Johnston (as Michael Brown)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Boyd Mitchler
Lauren Graham ... Luann Mitchler
Clark Duke ... Nelson Mitchler
Oliver Platt ... Hobo Santa
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Shauna Weinke
Tim Heidecker ... Dave Weinke
Candice Bergen ... Donna Mitchler
Robin Williams ... Virgil Mitchler
Pierce Gagnon ... Douglas Mitchler
Bebe Wood ... Vera Mitchler
Ryan Lee ... Rance Weinke
Amara Miller ... Pam Weinke
Mark Proksch ... Trooper Zblocki
Jeffrey Tambor ... Snow Globe Snowman (voice)
Amir Arison ... Farhad
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Storyline

Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Spend it with the ones you loathe

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG- 13 for language and crude humor throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dari

Release Date:

22 November 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Friggin' Christmas Miracle See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sycamore Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

"Skål" the word Boyds mother says after saying her thanks during dinner, is the Norwegian, Danish and Swedish word for "Cheers". See more »

Goofs

Before he breaks the glass on his door, there is a flashback to his keys in his car. It shows a Schlage style key, yet when Robin Williams picks up the spare key it is a Kwik-Set style key...two very different keys. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credit roll is displayed a picture of Robin Williams as his Mitch character with this dedication: "Dedicated to the loving memory of the man who made us all laugh. Robin Williams 1951 - 2014" See more »

Connections

References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Angels From the Realm of Glory
Written by James Montgomery and Henry Smart
Performed by The California Feetwarmers
Courtesy of Sycamore Music
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Disappointing
9 July 2015 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a hedge fund manager who goes home to spend the Christmas with his estranged family. He forgets to bring along with him the Christmas present for his son, and has to go on a long journey to rectify his mistake.

I watched this because it's one of Robin Williams' final films. He plays a grumpy old man who seems to know how to enjoy life, as opposed to his son, who goes a long way to try to be a good father. The plot is very weak, however, and I don't really care for any of the characters. The jokes, which include Nelson the supposedly a war hero, and the recurrent police encounters, are simply not funny. I find "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" a huge disappointment. The only good thing is that the main bulk of the film only runs for 73 minutes.


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