The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

Synopsis: The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Edward Burns
Production: Tribeca Film
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


["Carol of the Bells" playing]

[Phone rings]



- [Beep]

- Hello?

Jesus, Dad. What are you doing

calling the house line?

Mom could have picked up.

No, I do not have any news yet.

Gerald, is that for me?

- No, Mom.

Mom, don't worry about it,

it's for me.

Look, I'm having everybody

come over the house tonight

to celebrate Mom's birthday,

all right?

And then we're gonna discuss it then.


Oh, you got her a birthday gift.

Well, that's a first.

What was it?

Oh, that. No, no, no,

actually she did tell me about that.

Your wedding video.

Yeah, and what, you thought that was

somehow gonna help your cause?

Look, why don't you come by

the restaurant tomorrow and...

I'll let you know what

everyone decides tonight.

But, Dad... Yeah. No, I know.

But please,

don't get your hopes up, okay?

All right.

I'll see you tomorrow.

[Phone beeps]

And how many times do I have to

tell you, I don't want a party.

Would you please stop fighting this,

you crazy old woman.

All right?

It's already done, it's organized.

Everyone is going to be here

except Cyril.

But he'll be home for Christmas,

- right?

- Yes.

I already told you

he's coming in tomorrow.

And he's better?

I don't know.

He says he is.

So we shall see.

And you're picking him up

at Port Authority, right?

Because he will need

someone there for him.

Yes, Mom.

For the 10th time.

- I will pick him up.

- All right, all right.

Don't get yourself all worked up.

I'm just double checking.

He is my baby after all.

Look, Mom, I don't want you

to worry about this. All right?

I already spoke to all of them

and they're all very excited

to get out here.

Don't try to bullshit me, Gerry.

They're my kids.

Yeah, well, look, whether they like it

or not, they're coming out.

I told you I don't want you

to make a big deal out of this.

Would you just stop

complaining about this?

All right? Look.

Dottie's gonna cook

you a nice dinner.

Connie's gonna bake you a cake.

And Quinn said he's gonna come out

this afternoon to take you shopping.

So why can't you just enjoy yourself?

Okay. Okay, what's really

going on here?

Nothing is going on.

It's your 70th birthday.

I just thought you might like

to have all your kids around

to celebrate with you.

Enjoy your French toast.



What are you not telling me?

Look, there's something I just want

to discuss with the whole family and...

I thought it would be good

if we're all together

so we could all weigh in on it.

And it has to be done

before Christmas.

[engine starts]

[Phone rings]

Did you make

the reservations for tonight?


Did we get the same room

at the lodge?

Quinn, she's too young for you.

What do you care how old she is?

Well, because it kinda makes you

like a creepy old man.

You know, I'm not old enough

to be creepy yet.


Oh, yeah, you are.

- Did you get the same room?

- Yes.

- [Phone rings]

- Where's the ring?

It's at my desk.

QF Design.

Yeah. Hold on.

It's your brother.

Um, gonna have to say I'm not here.

Yeah, but I'm not gonna lie for you.

Take the call.

[clears throat]


Hey, Fitzy, where are you?

You just called me at the office,

and I'm trying to get out of here.

Oh, okay, good. Then you should

be out here soon, right?


Change of plan, my man.

I'm taking Abbie up to the Adirondacks

for the weekend.

Got some serious plans in place.

You don't think you can

just stop by for an hour?

All right, then we can show all this off

to your latest flame.

Hey, Gerry.

This is more than a flame.

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Edward Burns

Edward Fitzgerald Burns (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films including Saving Private Ryan (1998), 15 Minutes (2001), Life or Something Like It (2002), Confidence (2003), A Sound of Thunder (2005), The Holiday (2006), One Missed Call (2008), 27 Dresses (2008), Man on a Ledge (2012), Friends with Kids (2012), and Alex Cross (2012). Burns directed movies such as The Brothers McMullen (1995), She's the One (1996), Sidewalks of New York (2001), Purple Violets (2007), and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012). He also starred as Bugsy Siegel in the TNT crime drama series Mob City and as Terry Muldoon in TNT's Public Morals. more…

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