Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7%
Number of Reviews: 115
U.S. Box Office Gross: $11.2 M
Critic quote: “All that’s vaguely funny or Christmassy about this are the sweaty beads of desperation which string together like fairy-lights across Affleck’s forehead as he hammers out one lame gag after another.” Stella Papamichael, BBC
This movie stars Ben Afleck, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, and Christina Applegate, but the characters they play are unpleasant and spend most of the movie attacking each other. Aflek’s character, Drew Latham, pays a couple to pretend to be his parents for Christmas, leading to a tense situation when their daughter arrives. Critics called out the movie’s message about buying happiness and described the plot as being artificial and lame.