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Happy Christmas (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 2014 (USA)
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After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

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Joe Swanberg

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Joe Swanberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Kendrick ... Jenny
Melanie Lynskey ... Kelly
Mark Webber ... Kevin
Lena Dunham ... Carson
Joe Swanberg ... Jeff
Jude Swanberg Jude Swanberg ... Jude
Chris Swanson ... Music Supervisor
Eldar Kim Eldar Kim ... Cab Driver
Megan Mercier ... Party Host
Chris Renton Chris Renton ... Party Makeout Guy
Kris Rey ... Landlord (as Kris Swanberg)
Jessica Angelos Jessica Angelos ... Party Guest
Mike Brune Mike Brune ... Party Guest
Harry Burton Harry Burton ... Party Guest
Tony Castro Tony Castro ... Party Guest
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Storyline

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. Written by Production

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Family is the gift that keeps on taking.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boldog karácsony See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,523, 27 July 2014

Gross USA:

$30,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,312
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Kendrick wore her own clothes and did her own makeup for the entire film. See more »

Quotes

Carson: I think you're so pretty. It's like you're *a lot* prettier than you feel like you are.
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Soundtracks

Beverage Boi
Written by James Swanberg
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Family Fallout at Festivus
18 October 2014 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

The low-key plot of Joe Swanberg's latest film is set in motion when a young woman breaks up with her boyfriend, and moves in with her brother, his wife and their toddler son. On Jenny's first night under Jeff and Kelly's roof, she displays her irresponsible tendencies when she goes to a party and gets seriously wasted, requiring her brother to be roused from his sleep to drive her home. Contrite over this bad beginning, Jenny suggests productive ways for Kelly to balance her creative impulses with the duties of motherhood. Unfortunately the dysfunctional behavior also persists, causing friction within the household which leads to more disruptions and minor confrontations.

'Happy Christmas' extends Swanberg's move away from the ultra-basic conventions of the 'mumblecore' school, but it's still a resolutely Indie production. The film's events are depicted with subtle humor as it focuses primarily on Jenny, and her relationship with her sister-in-law. Anna Kendrick portrays the feckless Jenny as charming, vulnerable, selfish and manipulative, while the support cast back her up with nice performances. Kendrick's nuanced character study is echoed by the story's understated resolution.


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