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245 Ratings

Happy Christmas

Directed by Joe Swanberg
United States, 2014
Drama, Comedy


After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.

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Happy Christmas Directed by Joe Swanberg
As [Kendrick] begins to make a touchingly convincing connection with her disapproving sister-in-law, the film reveals itself as the work of an altogether wiser, more mature filmmaker than the restless young provocateur behind Hannah Takes the Stairs.
August 10, 2015
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The subtext is potent—despite their differences, you feel Jenny and Kelly’s shared sense of stasis—and it’s a pleasure to watch two performers as talented as Kendrick and Lynskey explore such tricky emotional territory… But in the end, inconsequence wins out. Swanberg is good at futzing with our moment-to-moment expectations, but he can’t shape all these well-acted scenes into a satisfying whole. This is a pleasingly discursive movie that would benefit from meandering its way to a point.
July 29, 2014
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Swanberg’s films have grown into a reliable relief from the competitive, dehumanizing freneticism of much of American culture, marked as they are by an affirming and understated sense of decency. In a typical underachiever comedy, the middle class might be vilified so as to flatter a disenfranchised notion of unearned rebellion, but in Happy Christmas you see that Jeff and Kelly are prone to the same doubts as Jenny.
July 27, 2014
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