Nothing Like The Holidays

Nothing Like The Holidays

On DVD: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Running Time: 
98 Minutes

Debra Messing was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in this film.

Alfredo DE Villa’s Nothing Like The Holidays is the story of a Puerto Rican family brought together around Christmas, each coming home with issues that, in one way or another, find resolution through the warmth of friendship, family, and community. The charm of culture and tradition works well and avoids the usual pitfalls that cloud films like this, but more so because the cultural aspect of the film takes a backseat to the universal bond of family, and also the problems that the film presents can be shared by almost anyone as well.

The film has an all star cast starting with veteran actors Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2) and Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba). The film is rounded out by John Leguizamo (Ice Age), Freddy Rodriguez (Ugly Betty), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Jay Hernandez (Ugly Beautiful), Luis Guzman (Out of Sight), Melonie Diaz (Nip/Tuck), and Vanessa Ferlito (Death Proof). Each brings a certain level of depth as far as acting goes; Luis Guzman is, as always, hilarious, Freddy Rodriguez brings an added sense of drama, and Alfred Molina and Elizabeth Pena represent their characters perfectly giving life to them and chemistry that helps create the believable ambience of family.

I was a bit disappointed with special features. Mind you the featurette Nothing Like Family: Cast Reunion was absolutely as charming as the film itself but the only other feature is a bloopers reel which is loaded with cussing which drags down the whole mood of the film. I know its not part of the film but the editors would have done well to at least bleep out the F-bombs to avoid ruining the mood. Audio Commentary, something I don’t usually listen to, is with Freddy Rodriguez who produces and stars in the film is pretty entertaining. I don’t consider the theatrical trailer to be a bonus feature, even though its listed as one and as much as it excited me that legend Paul Oakenfold provides the score it just kind of blends in without standing out. Still a great film worth owning and enjoying with family and friends. Enjoy. 

AJ Garcia
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