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Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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(as Alfredo De Villa)

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Alexander Bautista ...
Hector
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Cheryl Hamada ...
Dr. Susan Lee
Manny Sosa ...
Father Torres
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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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12 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Humboldt Park  »

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Opening Weekend:

$3,531,664 (USA) (14 December 2008)

Gross:

$7,502,429 (USA) (25 January 2009)
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Trivia

Of the main characters, only Freddy Rodríguez and Luis Guzmán are Puerto Rican, and John Leguizamo is half Puerto Rican and half Colombian. See more »

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Jesse's scar keeps changing color as the movie wears on. Starts out like a brown dried scar, then changes to bright red at other times. See more »

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Christina Agulara and Katie Holmes were originally cast in roles. See more »

Connections

References Coming Home (1978) See more »

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A Happy Holiday ver. 1
Written by Alan Ett and Scott Liggett
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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A good family holiday movie for everyone.
24 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that most people probably will skip this film - because it's a good holiday film with a good message behind it. While you have films like Four Christmases out that are the same romcom you've seen 38 times in holiday format, Nothing Like The Holidays brings the audience together as one for a good family experience.

NLTH boasts a great ensemble cast that really makes things work well, as each character is unique and genuinely interesting. I especially enjoyed the work from Freddy Rodriguez and Alfred Molina. Elizabeth Pena provides a great balance of comedy and drama as the matriarch of the family. Her role looked like a great role to play for any actress, as she got to be funny, as well as at the dramatic center of the movie. Debra Messing was also noteworthy and great.

NLTH is a holiday movie (really, Spy, I had no idea), so it plays out as such. However, this is okay, because the script is original and tugs at you emotionally, always reminding the viewer of the importance of a strong family bond. There's a nice little twist in the end that pretty much explains everything that's gone on and ends the movie nicely, happily, and joyfully. You'll no doubt leave the theater a little more cheerful once you see this film.

During the holiday season, Nothing Like The Holidays is a great movie to watch with your family, as you'll see some stuff you can relate to, and some stuff you can laugh at. It's a fun time for everyone, and the first truly original holiday movie to come around in the last few years. Kudos to everyone involved.


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