Take a Drink: every time someone tells a lie.
Take a Drink: every time John Goodman misquotes a song.
Take a Drink: every time you hear the word “dick”.
Take a Drink: every time you see a kiss.
Take a Drink: every time there is a fight awkwardly interrupted.
Take a Drink: every time the dog eats table food.
By: Hank Bagwell (Two Beers) –
I know what you’re thinking- it’s just a crappy Christmas movie! It is so much more than that. It has been some time since I watched a film about basic human emotions that make us feel good about ourselves, while gaining an understanding of those around us. After this last weekend, we could all use a little of that.
The film takes a little bit to get where it’s going but it didn’t bother me. It flows REALLY well, mostly due to the tremendous writing. There was great acting, amazing film work, and an amazing soundtrack. Normally (and I told my girlfriend this before the movie started), anytime I see a film with so many huge names, I think the film is going to be shit. Because if it were any good, they wouldn’t need all of those names to sell tickets. Love the Coopers is the exception to the rule.
A family, with all of their quirks, ill feelings and years of frustration settle in for one final Christmas before the big news hits that will shake them all to their core- Mom and Dad are divorcing. Each member of the family struggles to impress and find normalcy and approval, but what they are looking for is right in front of them. Emotional outbursts from the cast who will remind you of your own family put this film on my yearly Christmas list of must-see movies!
I loved it. Truly. It has some of the best writing I have seen in a very long time. We laughed out loud ( or LOL- for you kids who are pressed for time) so many times I can’t remember. It’s heartwarming, touching, and the perfect cure for the holiday blues.
Don’t laugh- but there were only two reasons this film did not get A Toast from me. First- I didn’t buy that Marisa Tomei and Diane Keaton were sisters. I really thought they were mother and daughter. It was a terrible miscast but they both gave such an amazing performance it is hard to be too critical. Second- the relationship between Alan Arkin and Amanda Seyfried confused the shit out of me. I still don’t get it. I felt like I was taking a bath with my socks on- a great bath, mind you, but still… with my socks on.
It’s a delightful film. It’s smart, brilliantly written, funny, and touching. Grab a few drinks and have fun with this film. Be careful with the drinking game or you may have to watch it twice!