I’m a sucker for holiday movies. Some of my greatest memories are of my sisters and I snuggling up with my grandparents on our annual visits to their home in Philadelphia and watching some of the best ever made. We grew up watching Miracle on 34th Street to It’s a Wonderful Life over and over, year after year. Holiday films bring families together and bring in a sense of warmth, nostalgia, family, tradition. In recent years, the classics have turned from black & white to color and my kids now love watching Elf, Home Alone and Scrooged.
Love The Coopers follows The Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday…and it’s all told from a dog’s point of view (the family dog). The film has an impressive cast including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde. With a cast like this, the film is pretty irresistable, particularly my all-time fave, Diane Keaton partnering up with John Goodman – great pairing. And I adore Marisa Tomei, who plays a very relatable middle-aged woman feeling very alone in mid-life. While it wasn’t my favorite holiday movie, the premise was all there – we all need to appreciate life more and be more grateful for the people around us. Besides, you can return your family! That’s a lesson I’d like to teach my kids more often and a good reason to see Love the Coopers.
To celebrate the film’s opening TODAY, I’m giving away a Visa gift card for $50.
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Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post the same prize to facilitate the post. Giveaway is courtesy of CBS Films.