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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Ben Affleck
Christina Applegate
James Gandolfini
Catherine O'Hara
Directors
Mike Mitchell
Screenwriters
Deborah Kaplan
Harry Elfont
Running Time
91 minutes

Surviving Christmas
Ben Affleck's arrogant bachelor 'hires' a family with which to spend the festive season.


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Plot
A rich but lonely bachelor (Affleck) hires a family to spend Christmas with, in order to recapture the ideal Christmas he never had. Things are complicated when the family's grown-up daughter (Applegate) returns unexpectedly.


Verdict
Despite the talent involved, this fails to raise so much as a smile, let alone laughs and Christmas cheer.


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