Happy Christmas

Synopsis: Irresponsible 20-something Jenny arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff, a young film-maker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-cum-pot dealer.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Joe Swanberg
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min





That little boy's a sweet boy.

He's such a sweet boy.

He is a sweetie.

He loves his dada so much.

He wanted to read

five books tonight.

Oh. Thank you.

The same,

one of them was the same book twice.

Thank you for doing that.

Are you gonna do

any writing tonight?

Do you want to hang out?

I mean, I feel like I have so much

to do before your sister comes.

Thanks again for driving up early today,


Easy. Not a problem.

It would have been fun to listen

to this stuff tonight, but...

Yeah... my sister broke

up with her boyfriend

and thinks she wants to

live in Chicago now, so...

Not good.

Her flight gets in tonight

and I need to be

back to make sure

the house looks

okay and everything.

No, it's no problem at all.


did you check out that stuff I sent?

I haven't had a chance

to listen to any of it.


So let's just go through...

Cool. Let's see.




What are you guys doing?

Numbers? Yeah.

Jenny's here, or she landed.


So she's just calling...

I know.

I'm coming down.

So she's gonna jump in a cab,

so 45 minutes or an hour. (BABY CRYING)

What's wrong?

Momma's done playing with numbers?

Can you do it with Dada?

Here you go.

Thank you so much.

Let me help with that.

Hey! How are you?

Hey, welcome, welcome.

I'm good. How are you?


Thank you very much.

That was...

Did you pay already?


Okay. Great. Thank you!

Thank you very much.

You're welcome. Yep.

Have a nice night!


that one's... Sorry.

That's okay.

Come on in.

Hi, Dada!

Hi, baby.

Look, guess who's here!

Hey! Hi.


It is so good to see you!

Hi! I'm so happy

to see you!

I'm in the middle of cooking.

And you're feeding me, too?

It's amazing!

Yeah, I'm, it's...

You're everything.


Hey, buddy!

Yeah? I'll...

Okay, we'll get you another graham cracker,

but first, can you say hi?

Can you say hi?

Do you remember me?



He won't remember me, right?

Hi. I don't know if

he would remember you.

You're giving high-fives?

Hey! Thank you.

Can you give kisses?

Can you give me...

Can you give me a kiss?

Thank you!

Can Daddy have a kiss?

Come on down.

Are you prepared for this?

Yeah, I'm excited.

You've built it up enough.

I mean, descend

with me into Polynesia.


Wait till you

get a load of this.

(CHUCKLES) This is so...


Oh, no!

I know, right?

Are you kidding me?

Are you joking?

Check it out, lady.

I know.

This is insane!

Is this...

Everything here is from the 1950s.

We bought it exactly as you see.

It's our booze, but...

I mean, the guy came home from World

War II and built a f***ing tiki bar.

All this is...

All this is theirs.

This starfish is not yours?

None of this is ours.

Incredible, right?


I mean, check this out.



Is this...

This is...

the material from

the bench out there?

Yeah, I mean, the same.

Yeah, yeah, absolutely.

It's all of a piece.

And these are not your mallards?

These are...

All the birds in the house

were here when we got it.

I'm... This... Like, what?

Wild, right?

I know.







Can you do it?

Jude's turn.



That's great that he has

to do it with the fork

'cause you did it with a fork.

Yeah. Yeah.

Uh-oh. Here,

let Daddy help. Okay.

Your turn.



Oh, the little duck rides

on the big duck's back

Quack, quack, quack

Quack, quack, quack

I'm gonna give you duck kisses

Gonna give you duck kisses

Quack, quack, quack

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Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg (born August 31, 1981) is an American independent film director, producer, writer, and actor. Known for micro-budget films which make extensive use of improvisation, Swanberg is considered a major figure in the mumblecore film movement. His films often focus on relationships, sex, technology, and the filmmaking process. more…

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