Fitzgerald Family Christmas Movie Reviews
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I thought the film was alright, I had a good time watching it and I think most people will feel the same. It is a realistic drama about a dysfunctional and loud family that will annoy you but also will make you like them in a weird maddening way. I thought that the film had just the right amount of humor and emotional moments and I thought that Burns did a great job with his role as well as the director. I do have to say that the film was a bit predictable but the cast was really great and they made the film better. I also felt that the film had too many characters and subplots and the editing was a bit off, however I still had an enjoyable time watching this film.
I thought this film was alright but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters, you will be better off renting it and enjoying it at the comfort of your home. The film feels genuine and emotions are true, I thought that Burns was great as usual. The film is funny and emotional but not sappy and i really liked that. I think the film connected the stories pretty well and I enjoyed all of the characters and it has a lot to do with a great cast. The film was a bit melodramatic at times but it was not overwhelming. Overall, it is a good film about a big, dysfunctional family, i just don’t think it is necessary to see it on the big screen.
"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" was genuinely touching for all the right reasons you'd hope for and want in a holiday movie about dysfunctional adults. It's written and directed by Ed Burns, who it seems is everyone's favorite piece of chiseled handsomeness (check out "Friends with Kids" and "Will & Grace") but here he's very subdued and plays it pretty straight for the most part. He isn't there to be the hunky guy or anything, he's just a guy trying to figure his way out in the world...and his world happens to be populated with a very complex and dysfunctional family. He has six brothers and sisters, but he is his momma's fave: and his father just reentered their lives to tell them he is dying and wants to spend Christmas with his kids and ex-wife. There are few things that seem to matter to the family except being there for each other even when they want to kill each other, so for the sake of family, anything goes. This is a great little unexpected gem of a movie.
This movie was just sweet as could be! I totally related to the whole theme since it's about a Irish Catholic family (like mine) which has a history of difficult parenting issues and even more difficult family holidays. The family seven kids and a mom named Rosie have suddenly had to come to terms with the idea that the husband and father that left them 20 years ago and never looked back is now broke and probably going to succ**b to cancer soon and he wants to make amends with the family by spending Christmas with them. The kids are conflicted at first but eventually come around and decide that they would rather see their father one last time than just let him die in isolation. The mother, however, refuses - she was hurt too much by the abandonment she endured and she can't just turn the cheek. The ending is a surprise and I think it's a great lesson in the power of forgiveness and what it really means to be a family.
On paper, this should be a movie that I absolutely hated. Another treacly family dramedy about an Irish Catholic family that has come undone at the seams and just needs a little yuletide cheering to rediscover the love that was always there? Sounds like a resounding YAWN, right?
Well, you’d be wrong, because this movie really (dare I say ‘miraculously’?) works as an interesting family narrative that rejoices in dysfunction while kind of/sort of sanctifying it at the same time (yes, your dear critic thinks there is nothing wrong with dysfunctional families since they seem to be the only kind that exists – and will ever exist). We have in The Fitzgerald Family Christmas a story about a large group of adult siblings with lives as complex and scattered as can be imagined (one’s a hothead, one’s a lesbian, one’s a philanderer, etc.) who get together for Christmas only to tell the others how much they suck and how they have let down their dear mother and the rest of the ever-quarreling brood.
Gerry (played by Burns) is his mother Rosie’s favorite. His father, Jim, had walked out on his wife and seven children twenty years ago. At the time, Rosie swore that Jim would never set foot in her house again. She has, however, come to learn that the man who abandoned her and her children is now a broken shadow of a man, penniless and dying of cancer. The kids decide that they’d rather spend what is likely to be his last Christmas with Jim: he is, after all, their father (neglectful bastard though he may be). Rosie, however, is resolute in her opposition. She swore he would never return to her house and she isn’t backing down.
This isn’t a “great” or :tragic” family drama in the sense that The Godfather or historical legends like Oedipus are, but it is eminently relatable and well-written and acted. Special mention should go to Ed Burns for not only starring in and writing the feature, but for directing it. He is definitely one of Hollywood’s most underutilized talents and (perhaps somewhat surprisingly) knows what he is doing. Definitely check this one out if you get the chance.
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