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

My firm's done a tremendous

amount of market research.

We've discovered two things:

One, most Americans feel

that Christmas is a time for family.

Two, most Americans feel that in order

to stand being around their family,

for even one or two days,

they need to swill as much

alcohol as humanly possible.

Now, I'd like you

to meet the Noggertons.

They're a classic American family.

They're together on Christmas,

they're fat-free,

and 10 percent alcohol

by volume.

Enjoy our family, so you can

enjoy your family.

What do you think?

So, you're suggesting we tell people

the only way to get through the holidays

is to drink spiked egg nog?

I'm suggesting the only way

to get through the holidays

is to buy your farm-fresh, fat-free,

pre-spiked egg nog in a bottle.

- Take care. All right.

- It's all good. How do you do it?

I'm very excited.

I look forward to it.

It went pretty well, huh?

I'm a genius.

I feel like I could sell

whale steaks to Greenpeace.

Nice image.

- Here are your tickets to Fiji.

- Ah.

Missy, we've been

dating a while.

Let's take our relationship

to the next level.

I've hoped you would say that.

I got you a little

pre-Christmas Christmas gift.


I want you to open it now

because it involves our future.

The future of you and me together.

It's kind of for both of us,

in that way.


Tickets to Fiji?

Yes. First class.

Drew, on Christmas?

Christmas is the family holiday.

I mean, what are we doing? What is this?

I mean, what is going on?

Where is this relationship headed?

Fiji. First class.

- Missy?

- Uh-uh. Okay.

Here's an example

of one of our problems.

You never introduced me to your family.

You never mentioned your family.

Do you even have a family?

How can you be serious about me,

if you're not serious about your family?

You need to get some

serious help, Drew.

I think you're missing the point.

If I told you everything about me,

there'd be no more sense of mystery.

Nothing left to discover.

With nothing left to discover,

a relationship dies.

You don't want this to die, do you?

It just did.

Come on. Don't be like that.

You're gonna be like that?

Go ahead. Go.

I'm going to spend Christmas

with my family.

You can spend Christmas alone.


Kathryn, I need you to get

a Cartier bracelet to send to Missy.

Something expensive,

a lot of diamonds, very flashy.

- Include a personal note from me.

- What exactly do you want it to say?

Something personal that shows

the depth of my feelings, my emotions.

- You're good. That's why I hired you.

- Okay, but it's not gonna work.

My man.

Oh, Dougie!

Doogan. Doog-ray.


It's Drew.

Drew Latham.

Yeah. What's up, man?

What are you up?

Ah, nothin', nothin'.

Hey, man,

what're you doing for Christmas?

Family? Nice. Nice call.

Uh, you got room for one more?

Well, I think we are that close.

I love Jewish Christ...

I'll light candles, spin the dreidel.

It'll be great,

a matzo ball soup and baklava.

All right, well, that's Greek.

Fine, whatever. I'm just...

You still there?

I know you have a baby.

I'm just saying, like, you know,

they just lie there

and crap themselves, right?

After a while,

how interesting is that?

No, I'm not saying anything bad.

I'm just sayin'...


Well, maybe, your wife

doesn't have to come, man.

Maybe it's me and you

for Christmas.

You ever think about that?

Would you mind if I came by

to your house and spent Christmas?

It's like one or two, three days, tops.

All right.

Merry Christmas.

Okay, right over here.

Everybody stay together.

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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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