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This Christmas [On DVD November 11,2008]


The Diva's review of
This Christmas DVD(2007)


this christmas
Rated; running time of 1 hour and 57 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by: Preston A. Whitmore II
Directed by: Preston A. Whitmore II
Cast: Loretta Devine, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Regina King, Chris Brown, Sharon Leal, Lauren London, Columbus Short, Laz Alonso, Mekhi Phifer, Keith Robinson, Jessica Stroup, Lupe Ontiversos, David Banner, Ricky Harris, Ronnie Warner
Theatrical release Date: 11/21/07

DVD release Date:11/11/08
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54% - Rotten
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $49,121,934
International Gross $656,618
Worldwide Gross $49,778,552



The Digest

Ma’Dere (Loretta Devine) has raised her 6 children by herself since her husband Senior left her and the children years earlier to pursue a music career. She supported her children through ownership of a dry-cleaning business. Ma’Dere has kept her family together and she’s kept a secret. She has a live in boyfriend, an old family friend, Joseph (Delroy Lindo). Her reasons for hiding the relationship are noble enough. She has tried to keep the image of the children’s father as sainted as possible, even going as far as not telling the children that she and Senior have been divorced for many years. But her children, with the exception of 17 year old Baby ( Chris Brown) are all grown. They all have their own issues, issues that are on the fast track to coming to a head during the holidays.

Wayward and eldest son Quentin (Idris Elba), arrives unexpectedly home for the holiday, being chased two thugs trying to collect a gambling debt from him. Kelli (Sharon Leal) is a successful career woman but having put work first, she’s lonely and truthfully a little snooty. Her snootiness, doesn’t leave her open to the person who could be the man of her dreams, fireman Gerald (Mekhi Phifer). Lisa (Regina King) is trying to come to terms with the fact that her husband, Malcolm (Laz Alonso) is not only cheating on her, but is trying to persuade her to convince the family to sell a property pennies on the dollar, that will benefit him in the long run. Mel (Lauren London), a 7 year college student, is hiding her intimacy with Devean (Keith Robinson) and trying to deflect the fact that She and Devean are intimate and that she’s been in school so long. Middle son Claude (Columbus Short) a Marine, is clear hiding something, eh is always trying to leave the house, by himself. And finally, Baby (Chris Brown) is an amazing singer, but he can never let his family know, especially his mother, she would die if she thought Baby would pursue a career in music and abandon her like his father.

What is this family to do? All the secrets swirling around something is bound to happen and it may be ugly, but maybe that’s what the family needs.

The Dish

What a cute movie. Yes it’s a little simplistic. But no more than any other holiday family movie. Some people cringe at the revenge storyline of the plot. Some take issue with a grown black man getting whupped with a belt, by his wife. I can see that, but personally, I found it hilarious.

When it comes to black film, we are in a pickle. There is a quality/quantity issue. The quantity is so small, that some if us make concessions for the quality. I find myself doing that constantly. I’m sorta of doing this now. This Christmas isn’t that bad. I felt like it was a step up from something that Tyler Perry would turn in. But I would have liked it to have more cross appeal. I would have liked the plot to be a little tighter.

But it’s enjoyable enough and as someone once pointed out, with the exception of The Wiz, we don’t really have a holiday movie and so there have been in several attempts to fill this void, of those attempts, I think this one is the most successful.


• Deleted Scenes
• Making of This Christmas Featurette
• This Christmas Music Video featuring Chris Brown
• Cast Commentary with Regina King, Sharon Leal and Lauren London

I have to say that I’m disappointed with the contents of the DVD, or lack thereof, they’ve had a year to get it right, It should have been full of goodies.

The Directive

This Christmas is worthy of inclusion into your DVD collection.

3BC Ratings



The holidays are a little bit brighter with this movie.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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