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Format: DVD
Sku: 209026831
UPC: 043396191617
UPC 14: 00043396191617
Rating: Game Rating Code
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You Can't Exchange Family.
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 tree is trimmed and lights are hung, family bonds are tested and they discover the true meaning of family.

"At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift.  Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...warm, witty and alive, with a fantastic cast and a belief in its characters that transcends its formulaic tendencies.  G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fast paced and engagingly acted.  Ken Fox, TV Guide
"A rare holiday treat, a package that's both thoughtfully selected and sure to please its intended recipients.  Lael Loewenstein, Variety
" funny and dramatic and poignant as any seasonal family get-together should be.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

Editor's Note
Like many holiday films, THIS CHRISTMAS mines the ample humor and drama of a family Christmas. Ma'Dere (Loretta Devine) is the matriarch to the large and loving Whitfield family, which consists of her three daughters--Kelli (Sharon Leal), Lisa (Regina King), and Mel (Lauren London)--and her sons--Michael (Chris Brown), Claude (Columbus Short), and Quentin (Idris Elba). They are an extremely attractive and successful bunch, but no sooner have they shared their first meal together than the hidden tensions begin to boil to the surface. Long-kept secrets come tumbling out, and the Whitfields soon engender enough drama to support several spin-off soap operas. There's interracial marriage, infidelity, gambling debts, an AWOL soldier, and repressed dreams of musical stardom, to name just a few of the issues they are forced to tackle in between stuffing the turkey and decorating the tree. Will their many problems and misunderstandings be resolved by Christmas day? Since this is a family holiday flick, the odds are, of course, quite good.

Despite the often heavy subject matter, the film has the glow and sheen of a lighthearted romantic comedy. The characters may be awash in drama, but they contend with their troubles in impeccable wardrobes and settings, so that even the barroom brawls have an almost cozy look to them. While some might feel the packed storyline was in more need of trimming than the tree, the tidy ending makes for perfect feel-good holiday fare. If only all family discord could end with a dance-off to Kool & the Gang!


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/25/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 19161
Video UPC UPC: 00043396191617
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Laz Alonso
Video Cast Info Loretta Devine
Video Cast Info Sharon Leal
Video Cast Info Mekhi Phifer
Video Cast Info Keith Robinson
Video Cast Info Chris Brown
Video Cast Info Idris Elba
Video Cast Info Delroy Lindo
Video Cast Info Columbus Short
Video Cast Info Lauren London
Video Cast Info Regina King
Video Cast Info Alexander Gruszynski - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Preston A. Whitmore II - Producer
Video Cast Info Preston A. Whitmore II - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info William Packer - Producer
Video Cast Info Preston A. Whitmore II - Director


MTV Award (2008)
   Video Award Name Chris Brown, Nominee, Breakthrough Performance

Image Award (2008)
   Video Award Name Loretta Devine, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Preston A. Whitmore, II, Nominee, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[The cast is] a powerhouse group, beginning with a blazing Loretta Devine...and the great Regina King..." -- Grade: B 11/30/2007 p.117

Sight and Sound
"[W]ith a festive jazz soundtrack and shot in widescreen compositions that invitingly capture the fast-changing groupings of a large family gathering." 02/01/2008 p.83-84

The Onion A.V. Club 7 of 10
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. - Nathan Rabin

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brown,Chris
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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