On Strike for Christmas

Synopsis: Joy Robertson's two sons will both be off to college next year, so she wants to make this "the best Christmas ever." Joy is feeling unappreciated, however, since her husband and sons are preoccupied with their own concerns, and providing no assistance with the many Christmas preparations, while still expecting Mom to handle all the arrangements for hubby's office party and parties for her sons' friends, as well. Inspired by a grocery workers' strike in town, Joy decides to follow suit, and goes "on strike for Christmas."
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Robert Iscove
Production: Head First Productions
87 min

What's going on? Here we go.

Lookie, there you go.

What do we have here?

-Oh, my goodness.

-Kneel next to Grandpa.

Oh, good.

Hey, boys.


Hey, l could use some help here.

l'll do it.

Hey, hey, hey.

Come on over here.

Mark, that one's for you.

All right, you lick and stick,

l'll keep writing.

-This should look good.

-Yeah. Yeah.

Two, fou--

Look at these dishes.



-Oh, hey, l could use your help.

l could use your help.

This way-- Oh, my, look at that.

That's spectacular. Well done.

-Want the big wing?


Get right into this.

Thank you, Santa Cruz. Good night.

You were really jamming, Grandma.

Well, that's high praise

coming from you.

l was wicked, though, wasn't l?

You were money.

Stephen, you're up next.

l wanna finish grading these papers

so l can work on my novel.

Family tradition, Stephen.

And since it's my birthday

and the Christmas season...

...you can't say no.

Remember when Grandpa

was acting out the word ''jackass''...

-...when we were playing Guesstures--

-Yes, l do.

And to this day,

l don't think it was funny.

But l miss him.

Come on, honey.

You know l love your voice.

You don't sing for me anymore.

Sing ''Up on the Housetop.''

Your dad sang that for you

enough times.

Yeah, every year.

Play it so l can get over to Brittany's

before she gets pissed.

Dude, you've been going out with her

for a couple of weeks. Chill.

Look, D-bag,

at least l have a girl waiting for me...

...not your secret stash

of Girls Gone Wild.

l'll wait till Gramms leaves

before l rip your face off.

Nobody's ripping anyone's face off...

...or going to Brittany's,

or anything else before....

Dad, just play.

Okay, l'll play.

Erna, this is for you.

Erna, how l love you

How l love you

My dear young Erna

You mean the world to me

That's all l got.

Oh, you don't have to hide it from me.

l've already had five.

Why does my willpower

disappear during the holidays?

l was doing so well.

No mere mortal can resist

your special thumbprint cookies.

l look forward to them all year.

You're right.

l'm giving myself a holiday pass.

Are you sure

l can't help you with this mess?

No. No, no, no, l'm good.

-You look tired. Why don't l just...?

-Mom. Bye-bye.

l'll be at the shop by 9.

l'm so glad that Bolivian yarn

that you love so much came in.

l didn't think it would be here in time

for the holiday rush.

Hey, did your mom finally--

Oh, you found your coat.

Yes, l did, thank you.

-You're going so soon, Erna?

-Oh, you.

Here, let me help you with that.

Now practice your singing, Stephen.

Christmas is almost here.

-Night, you two.

-Good night.

Happy birthday.

-You are terrible.

-But you can't resist me.

Do you think

she had a good time?

How could she not?

You're the perfect hostess.

Tell me why the perfect hostess

lost her mind...

...and promised her son that he could

have a party here for his band friends?

What's this?

You know, l was gonna

talk to you about that later.

A pipe burst at the Ziffs' house...

...so they asked if we could host

the English Department party.

l was stuck.

Stephen, you know how swamped l am

down at the shop...

...since our

biggest competitor closed.

You know how happy l am

that it's successful.

Honey, l'm so far behind

with Christmas already...

...and to try to fit in

a department party....

l know it's a hectic time of year

but you always pull it together.

-You think?

-l know.

l can't believe it's our last Christmas

before the boys go off to college.

l want it to be really special.

lt will be.

Nobody does Christmas like you.

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