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With only 24 days and a few hours until Christmas, I am certain the majority of the student body who celebrates Christmas is excited. Since November 11, there has been a new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (who also directed Baggage Claim) called Almost Christmas out to build excitement but remind of us of the importance of family this holiday season.

The movie spans over 5 days of ridiculousness that happens between a dysfunctional family that has lost their mother when they finally get together to organize Christmas. There are the typical sisters that are in secret competition with each other, the younger brother and his friend who gets into trouble, the crazy sister-in-law that thinks she is the queen of everything, the troublesome grandchildren who are obsessed with technology, the busy politician uncle, and last but not least, the sentimental father who just wants his family to get along, for once. From one disaster and argument to another, everyone wonders how they can survive for 5 days under the same roof. In the end, everything wraps up and turns out *almost* okay. A fun fact is that the outside of the grocery store from the movie, Civix, was actually placed in the Covington Square. As a sophomore, I remember going to the Square and seeing a space covered in blue and thinking that it looked like a fake grocery store around where Your Pie is now. In one of the last scenes in the movie, you can see Fletcher’s Jewelry, Civix, and the surrounding stores from the Square in the background, which I thought was pretty cool.

Rotten Tomatoes rated it a 50/100, and the audience score listed on the website shows 74% of viewers liking it (3.9/5 average rating from viewers). Although it has some similarities to the usual Christmas movies with themes of reconciliation, family, and forgiveness, it is better written than most and is a good movie to get you in the holiday spirit.

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