Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.


“A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” sure seems dour now. It’s not like telling a slightly edgy story about the Holidays makes a film better, but the events surround the film just make everything shine in a different light. That’s so sad, as Lauren Graham and Joel McHale really worked their asses off on the film. That being said, the drama elements get played up way more than the unintentional comedy. Don’t think that this is laugh aloud funny for a minute. Which is sad since the title got repeated over and over again during the death coverage for Robin Williams. You’d be shocked to know how many people became interested in the film due to that.

It’s very hard to escape the shadow that Robin Williams casts over this film. A Merry Friggin’ Christmas had a lot to overcome before Williams killed himself. Watching as McHale and Williams bond over father/son issues and securing the belief of a Santa Claus is so damn sad now. More than anything, it feels like a meaner spirited take on a Ron Howard movie. But, the edge about making a father repent for his past mistakes is long gone by the ending. Your kids don’t want to see this and neither do your dimmer older relatives. Throw them to the mercy of “A Night at the Museum III” before tackling this film.

The DVD comes with cast interviews as the special feature. The A/V Quality works for what it is. The transfer is pretty flat. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track kicks in where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: 11/25/2014

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