Surviving Christmas

Synopsis: It's the Christmas season. Wealthy Chicago ad executive Drew Latham has long avoided the family traditions of Christmas, but has dreaded being alone on the actual day. So when his tropical Christmas vacation with girlfriend Missy Vangilder falls through with Missy breaking up with him in the process, Drew, in going through some self-therapy, decides what he really needs is to relive the memorable Christmases from his childhood, which includes spending time with his parents and younger brother. As that is not possible, he decides to rent a family, namely ones he's never met before, the Valcos - husband and wife Tom and Christine and their teenaged son Brian - who now live in Drew's childhood home in suburban Chicago. Tom initially wants nothing to do with Drew until an exorbitant sum of money is involved, all written in a contract which expires at the end of Christmas day. What Drew is initially unaware of, or what he chooses to remain ignorant about, is that the Valcos are going throug
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Mike Mitchell
Production: Dreamworks
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

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Okay, you've got Tu-Tu...

Doctor Freeman!

Thank God, I found you.

Sir, sir...

I gotta spend Christmas alone.

I'm having a panic attack.

- You gotta help me. Please!

- Who are you? I don't know you.

I'm the boyfriend

of one of your patients.

- You are?

- Missy Vangilder.

You're Drew.

You're Drew. Oh, God.

- What does that mean?

- I'm not allowed to say.

- How did you find me?

- I bribed a woman at your service.

She should raise her standards

or you gotta fire her.

She totally caved for 200 bucks.

- Whatever.

- I need a few minutes.

Backpacks on the belt.

Game Boy too.

You gotta help me out.

I don't wanna spend Christmas alone.

If you would just please!

She's gotta put

the bear on the belt.

Can't she walk it through?

She's got to put it on the belt.

- It's a puppy!

- I know it's a puppy.

Put Tu-Tu on

and she'll go for a ride.

- My Tu-Tu!

- I need one second.

If you could just please!

- Okay, gimme the puppy.

- Sir, I need you to step here.

- You're abusing your child.

- Can you see I've got my own problems?

- Whoa, whoa, now.

- I'm sorry. I am so sorry.

Okay. Okay.

Hey, I know.

- Heard it on the radio once.

- All right.

Write down your grievances

about your family on paper.

- All your grievances.

- Right.

Go someplace that reminds you

of your childhood,

at sunset and light

that piece of paper on fire.

As the last shred of paper

is burning away, you whisper,

"I forgive you. "

- "I forgive you. "

- Mm-hm.

- And it burns up.

- That's it.

I like it.

- Oh, thanks so much!

- Whoa! All right.

- Have a good vaca.

- Where's my daughter?


Huh? Oh, there she is.

Whoa! Hey! Come on out!

Come out for Daddy!

My grievances.

Okay, buddy, here we go.

That'll be $ 72.50.

My God!

That's it!

That's the house I grew up in.

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Deborah Kaplan

Deborah Kaplan (born November 11, 1970) is an American screenwriter and film director. Raised in Abington, Pennsylvania, Deborah Kaplan met her creative partner Harry Elfont while they were both enrolled at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University (NYU). They have since written several films together, and directed two: Can't Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats. Kaplan married actor Breckin Meyer (who had small roles in both of the films she directed) on October 14, 2001. They have two children together, a daughter named Keaton Willow, born on December 31, 2003 and another daughter named Clover. The marriage ended in divorce in 2012. more…

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