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A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 22 November 2014 (Canada)
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Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.


Tristram Shapeero


Phil Johnston (as Michael Brown)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Boyd Mitchler
Lauren Graham ... Luann Mitchler
Clark Duke ... Nelson Mitchler
Oliver Platt ... Hobo Santa
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Shauna Weinke
Tim Heidecker ... Dave Weinke
Candice Bergen ... Donna Mitchler
Robin Williams ... Virgil Mitchler
Pierce Gagnon ... Douglas Mitchler
Bebe Wood ... Vera Mitchler
Ryan Lee ... Rance Weinke
Amara Miller ... Pam Weinke
Mark Proksch ... Trooper Zblocki
Jeffrey Tambor ... Snow Globe Snowman (voice)
Amir Arison ... Farhad


Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Spend it with the ones you loathe



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG- 13 for language and crude humor throughout | See all certifications »

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English | Dari

Release Date:

22 November 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Friggin' Christmas Miracle See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sycamore Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


"Skål" the word Boyds mother says after saying her thanks during dinner, is the Norwegian, Danish and Swedish word for "Cheers". See more »


In the final scene in the front yard, as Nelson carries the baby, the neighbor's yard shows a blooming dogwood tree and flowering white shrub revealing the Christmas cold-weather scene was filmed in the spring. See more »

Crazy Credits

Cast credits appear next to child photos of the actors. See more »


References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


It's Christmastime, I Know (Ho Ho Ho)
Written by Neilson Hubbard and Ryan Culwell
Performed by Ryan Culwell
Courtesy of Sycamore Music
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A merry okay Christmas movie.
16 November 2014 | by MattBrady099See all my reviews

Boyd Mitchler: "Look kids it's snowing". Mitch: "It might be ashes".

Boyd (Played by Joel McHale) and his family (Played Robin Williams) who are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son's gifts at home.

This movie has it's good, it's bad and lot of scenes that made me go "No way, I can't believe they did that". Some of the acting in this was pretty good: Joel McHale, Clark Duke and the great Robin Williams all do fantastic job in their roles. While watching this movie I go that sense of the Christmas spirit in side of me, which I always like when movies or TV shows get that sense of feeling of whatever season it's celebrating right.

This movie has it's bad like: Some of the acting in this movie wasn't all that good and the movies message about the true meaning of Christmas got lost in it's messy script and it's numbing characters. Joel McHale character in this movie was such a Jerk and a peace of work. I hated his character so much, because he was so annoying and so rude to his father, and yes I know his father abused him when he was a little kid but we never see that, even in the the flash backs when he was a little boy and his father didn't abuse him at all. At times his father seems really nice and really caring for his son, at one point he tries to his son and the son pretty much says "F'ck off!", to him.

A Merry Friggin' Christmas has it's ups and downs, but the three good actors really done carry this movie for me making it a merry Christmas indeed.

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