Happy Christmas Synopsis
When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard partying 20-something moves in with Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, her film director husband (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family’s idyllic life is shaken. Jenny...
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The movie's packed with minor incidents, all fresh, compelling, and funny. It also boasts two lengthy scenes that are touched with...
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88

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Joe Swanberg's films have grown into a reliable relief from the competitive, dehumanizing freneticism of much of American culture, marked...
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Sweetly funny and relatable, Happy Christmas builds on the director's previous work by channeling its strong aspects — naturalism and...
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Each viewer is likely to connect with a different character initially, but don’t be surprised if you switch allegiances several times...
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80

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
Swanberg isn’t doing anything new with Happy Christmas, but sticking to the same non-formula formula this time around yields...
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79

Film.com

By Kate Erbland
Swanberg’s most mature and satisfying film yet.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Keith Staskiewicz
That doesn’t stop the movie as a whole from feeling a little slight, though, like a Christmas tree that isn’t entirely filled out.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Happy Christmas expertly captures the rhythms of a young couple’s life and how it changes enormously when a baby arrives.
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Happy Christmas desperately needs some real jokes, rather than settling for the bemused chuckles that accompany its banal observations into...
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By mainsrgregory
Another excellent film from Swanberg! His character studies are warm and endearing. Real people with real issues. This director takes simple stories and creates something real and interesting, this...

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Rated R | For some sexual content, language and drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Well-acted holiday dramedy has drinking, mature themes.
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