THE PLOT THUS FAR
After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny’s influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a Mumblecore Christmas! “Happy Christmas” has a strong cast and Anna Kendrick works very well here. But, it’s a movie about nothing. Basically, a freeloader shows up to mess up her friend’s family life. But, she gets to hook up with the friendly pot dealing babysitter and everything is back to normal. Also, Lena Dunham shows up in this movie because I guess she didn’t have a bridge to hide underneath.
Christmas movies come in a variety of forms. I appreciate those films that can use the Holidays as a back drop to bigger issues. Hell, Shane Black has made a career out of doing it. I’m not even going to compare Swanberg to Shane Black without bringing down the wrath of a million movie nerds. That being said, both men work to build a world of well-developed characters that ultimately decide to play in fantasy or reality. Sometimes, our realities hold a degree of fantasy to make it just that much more bearable.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong. The transfer is adequate for standard definition. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track doesn’t get a ton of back channel action. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2014