A Merry Friggin' Christmas

 (1,381)5.11 h 21 min2014X-Ray
Boyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son's gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas.
Tristram Shapeero
Joel McHaleLauren GrahamClark Duke
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Oliver PlattWendi McLendon-CoveyCandice BergenTim HeideckerRobin Williams
Michael Flynn
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3.2 out of 5 stars

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsA Robin Willims movie you haven't heard of.
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What is a father. Can Christmas be saved and how many things can go wrong. Plus, is Santa real? are many of the things addressed in this movie.
I didn't like the put downs of various groups and the hateful behavior the men showed each other but kept hoping for redemption.

A derelict Santa might make the spirit real if he doesn't drink too much of the spirits.

NOT a movie for kids. Not even a movie for some adults.

Surprised Robin Williams isn't mentioned in the synopsis. Maybe he isn't too proud of this one.
yet, his character shows the most growth and change.

If you like dark comedy this might be a holiday movie for you.
11 people found this helpful
EmilyReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsYikes! One giant gaslighting job
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HUge Robin Williams fan here. But this movie> Shake my head! It's about reconciling father and son? It's about both of them being jerks and a road trip will help them find their way back to each other? No. And no. Made me queasy. had to stop watching. The father is an abuser. And even though the son his hateful, he is so because he is triggered by the abuse. that is a vast difference. Today, we know that toxic behavior traumatized the victim. It isn't about "finding a way to reconcile." It is about the abuser understanding what they've done, getting help so that real internal change can happen, and reaching out to the victim of the abuse to make amends and help the healing process to unfold. In short, the solution isn't "reconciling". It is that healing take place. It's tone deaf to treat the son's outburst on par with the father's because it is the father's emotional abuse that has created the condition in the first place, and continues to do so. the father's tears are, were this reality, self-pity and another ploy to "win." Obviously, the father also has a lot of healing to do and is not an evil person. Unfortunately, that doesn't protect him from being an emotionally abusive father. The movie pretending this is about a misunderstanding in a thorough gaslighting job and my heart goes out to viewers who don't realize this because they, as viewers, are being effectively gaslighted. If this movie makes you feel bad, it isn't you. Trust you gut.
11 people found this helpful
RoughneckReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2016
1.0 out of 5 starsPoorly directed and actors phoned it in
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I'd give this movie zero stars if I could. We decided to give it a try because it has a pretty respectable cast and it was listed on amazon as a comedy. The reality was A Merry Friggin' Christmas was depressing. Given how poorly it's tied together, though, I'm still not sure if the depressing undercurrent is intentional or accidental. On another note, it was sad to see Robin Williams play this kind of role given how we lost him...his character is angry or depressed through the whole movie.

If you are looking for a lighthearted Christmas comedy to get in the holiday spirit, I'd recommend skipping this one.
23 people found this helpful
Stephen JohnstonReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsRobin's last movie and very realistic acting with some almost slapstick style humor in places.
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Comedy is in the eye of the beholder so my enjoyment for this movie may not be the same for you. As this was Robin Williams last film, I expected classic "Robin Williams comedy" but that's not what you get. Robin Williams is brilliant but he's more serious than you might expect. This does show yet another movie in which he showed he was a capable actor None the less, the movie is funny throughout. I love Christmas movies and we're blessed with many classics and every few years, Hollywood makes another. I think most people would enjoy this if they're in the Christmas Spirit but if you're expecting a "Mork and Mindy" or "Stand-Up" Robin Williams you will likely be disappointed. The movie is not centered around him but I enjoyed it none the less. It's actually sad that we lost such a talent the way we did. Maybe that's why I'm sentimental about this movie.
8 people found this helpful
Big MommaReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsJoel McHale, Lauren Graham, Robin Williams!
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The actors in this holiday movie are very good: Joel McHale,Lauren Graham, and Robin Williams.

I think every director and producer in Hollywood wants to have at least one Christmas film in circulation. This does not disappoint. If anything, it may seem dated and a little too tame for the raunchy fare that we are used to seeing around Christmas. On the other hand, it's not Hallmark or Lifetime, so it doesn't fit in a neat category.

Enjoyable, with good production values. I don't think you'll be disappointed watching this.
16 people found this helpful
DorothyZReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsPoor Robin Williams
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Poor Robin Williams. I wanted to love this because I know it was one of his last movies, but the film is really all over the place. The humor tends to fall flat and the dramatic moments are hard because the characters are so unlikable for the most part. Definitely not a terrible movie but not something I would rush to watch during the holidays.
12 people found this helpful
Charity B.Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsTragic and disappointing
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I watched the trailer for this movie and thought it would deliver some laughs while demonstrating a problematic father/son relationship on the mend (which I don't think was really ever mended)....while there was an occasional chuckle beyond what was shown in the trailer, most of the "funny" parts where already shown. In addition to this, there was a crappy story line that seemed incomplete. And to top it all off, as another amazon review writer wrote, this is quite tragic considering Robin Williams' death. I was disappointed and depressed after watching this. The cheap laughs were few and far between and was a grave let down for a mid night Christmas comedy search. Save your time...and if you have to pay...DON'T.
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J. GilhoolyReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat movie for disfunctional-parenting survivors
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Not completely sure why this movie got such terrible reviews. It was consistently funny, had a happy ending, had decent enough acting (considering what is put out nowadays), and touched on many truths. I am guessing people with non-disfunctional upbringings will find it/ did find it offensive, but to the rest of us, it's like a fairytale where a jerk weed of a father eventually realizes this to be true and apologizes to his grown son. We all know in real life that true jerk-weed parents never come around and apologize. They always think they deserve credit for their child's successes when in fact the child became a successful adult to escape the jerk weed and that there are better parenting techniques than adversity in the form of constant belittling and pernicious verbal abuse. So if you had a jerk weed for a parent, enjoy this movie. It's a gem. If you grew up in Leave it to Beaver land, pick something else to watch. You just won't get it.
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