Saturday, November 19, 2016

Almost Christmas

It a trifle, not a great film, but an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.  Almost Christmas, which THC and the Mrs saw recently, features Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, JB Smoove, Omar Epps and Gabrielle Union.  The set up is simple - it's the first Christmas after the death of the family matriarch and all the adult children, who don't get along, are coming home.  The plot is rickety - one of the children is in the midst of a Congressional campaign, but it's Christmastime - elections are in November! - but it's got fun and smiles.  And Danny Glover gets to say, "I'm getting too old for this s***"!    

It also got me thinking that in the 21st century if you want to see a decent Hollywood family comedy the likeliest place to find one is with an African-American cast.  I think of movies of this genre we've enjoyed like the Barbershop series, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins and Guess Who (the reverse remake of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?, starring Zoe Saldana, Ashton Kuchner and the late, great Bernie Mac).  And speaking of Bernie Mac and family entertainment what about the Bernie Mac show?              

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