This Christmas (Blu-ray)

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This year Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. As their lives converge, they join together and help each other discover the true meaning of family.

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Studio Sony
SKU 209026830
UPC 043396191662
UPC 14 00043396191662
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
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Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Brown,Chris
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Awards
MTV Award (2008) Chris Brown, Nominee, Breakthrough Performance
Image Award (2008) Loretta Devine, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Preston A. Whitmore, II, Nominee, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
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ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Preston A. Whitmore II's smooth holiday melodrama revolves around an upper-middle-class African-American family that gathers for Christmas with plenty of emotional baggage in tow. Desperate housewife Regina King grapples with the deceptions of her no-good businessman husband. Wayward musician Idris Elba tries to evade a pair of thugs out to collect a gambling debt, and comes to terms with the new man (Delroy Lindo) in his mother's life. An AWOL soldier tries to find the right time to tell his family about his secret marriage to a white woman...This Christmas isn't a proper musical, but many of its best scenes are musical in nature, from wayward son Elba teasing out a Christmas song on his daddy's piano to two self-indulgent yet fun scenes where pretty much the entire cast takes turns strutting their stuff. Though it travels a predictable path through well-worn Christmas-movie terrain, the film benefits from an attractive, appealing cast: Elba and Lindo, in particular, lend heft and gravity to a garden-variety daddy-issues subplot. Christmas won't wow anyone with its audacity or originality, but it's bound to make plenty of people happy with its slick, crowd-pleasing familiarity.
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Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I'm not going to make the mistake of trying to summarize what happens in "This Christmas." If you see it, you'll know what I mean. I'm not even talking about spoilers; I'm talking about all the setups as the Whitfield family gathers for the first time in four years. Everybody walks in the door with a secret, and Ma'Dere (Loretta Devine), the head of the family, has two...That makes "This Christmas" a very busy holiday comedy, where plot points circle and land on an overcrowded schedule. Once I saw what was happening, I started to enjoy it. Writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II must have sat up for long hours into the night in front of hundreds of 3 x 5 cards tacked to a corkboard, to keep all this straight...This is a movie about African Americans, but it's not "an African-American movie." It's an American movie, about a rambunctious family that has no more problems than any other family, but simply happens to discover and grapple with them in about 48 hours. What's surprising is how well Whitmore, the director, manages to direct traffic. He's got one crisis cooling, another problem exploding, a third dilemma gathering steam and people exchanging significant looks about secrets still not introduced. It's sort of a screwball-comedy effect, but with a heart.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Brown,Chris
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift.
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle ...warm, witty and alive, with a fantastic cast and a belief in its characters that transcends its formulaic tendencies.
Ken Fox, TV Guide Fast paced and engagingly acted.
Lael Loewenstein, Variety A rare holiday treat, a package that's both thoughtfully selected and sure to please its intended recipients.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun ...as funny and dramatic and poignant as any seasonal family get-together should be.

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