And that's where the action ramps up. Gun shots, characters shot and injured, shot and killed. This naturally leads to a series of comic confusions, as the hostage crisis and marital tensions head towards their inevitable conclusion. There's something that's kind of a shame about this movie, because it has a number of, at the very least, interesting actors in it. A Netflix review said it was like if Hallmark or Lifetime decided to make a violent rated-R movie. Who are nearly always dressed up like Victorians for some strange reason.
If doesn't float your boat, try El Camino Christmas instead. Poor Jessica Alba was so obviously dragged into this movie for one more big name to put on the poster and probably because without her the movie only has one female character and they wanted another. Spoilers follow if you care. This isn't a good movie, but it has a few profound moments and you'll get through it. Police engage in an inept gunfight in which they unwittingly fire on each other. Out of control, Hooker beats up Eric with a billy club. Jessica Alba and Dax Shepherd sometimes can do good stuff.
And wouldn't you know it, they end up firing at each other through the convenient store because they foolishly think that the people inside are shooting at them. Departing form the Hallmark Christmas Romance formula, this one combines humor and drama to give audiences a different kind of entertainment. To make things even worse for Gus, he discovers that he has taken the couple hostage the night of their big Christmas party, and the guests are already on the way. Eric Roth is on a journey of his lifetime. It's pretty well made despite a low budget and Hallmark quality production. The following day when Billy decides they went too far, he lets Eric go. However, Eric gets stopped by the local town police officer Carl Hooker.
Carl, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, is a lazy, jaded, borderline alcoholic who decides to fit Eric up. The mother of one of the lead characters talks to her grown daughter about having sex with the cable guy and also about the lack of sexual prowess of the man she was on a date with the night before, all while a young boy is in the room listening. The gunman is Gus, a thief on the run from the police, who kidnaps the couple as an insurance policy, planning to use their home as a hideout. It has none of those things!! A police officer arrests a man just passing through town on a trumped-up charge and beats him with a billy club during the interrogation. The scene is complete with goofy music, and wild takes from the actors, while their stupidity is on full display for the audience to laugh at. It has a bit of grit to it but thankfully isn't contrived nonsense. Workaholic Catherine Ana Gasteyer , post-op Val Paula Pell , homebody Jenny Emily Spivey , and weary mom Naomi Maya Rudolph are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect.
This movie attempts to be a dark comedy but ends up coming across as sub-Tarantino noir with down-and-out characters too depressing to be funny. I Can't believe anyone actually ,liked this film, and I can't believe how many otherwise talented actors are in it. But their incessant bickering proves more than Gus bargained for, forcing him — for the sake of his own sanity — into the unenviable role of peacemaker. It probably wouldn't have so much death? Such an odd, but ultimately worthwhile choice to make for an original feeling Christmas flick. This same mother jokes of having sex with the cable guy.
A movie should know what it wants you to feel. However, as he desperately tries to get the hell out of dodge, Carl catches up with him and they end up at Vincente's liquor store. Even the main character twenty-something goes ahead and points a gun at innocent people because. Terrible script, the story itself is plotless, Vincent D'onofrio's character is so unwatchable and unbelievable, and this flick simply can't decide what it wants to be. But Jesus in his manger this is a mess. Dax Shepherd, the deputy, takes the rear and Kurtwood Smith, the sheriff who was also the That 70s Show dad, takes the front.
Through a series of mis-communications a shoot out ensues putting everybody in the store at risk. A talented cast of familiar names like Tim Allen, Vincent D'Onofrio, and a few others make things a little more enjoyable than they otherwise would have been. And El Camino Christmas doesn't have a goddam clue. Just before Christmas, with all the holiday spirit around him, Eric decides to embark on a journey to find the father he has never met. Police officers talk of arresting a teenager who had a meth lab in a barn. Eric Roth, played by , has arrived in El Camino to find his father. Of course, this version of the Netflix-produced movie probably wouldn't have a bottom of the barrel alcoholic almost lighting his house on fire after being badly beaten by random ne'er-do-wells.
The performances in this movie are surprisingly good. Indeed, they are so obsessed with belittling each other that they never stop — not even at gunpoint. Disappointing movie in almost every regard. Yet, it's not entirely devoid of warmth, humanity, and even a few seasonal clichés. Is this a slapstick comedy or a super depressing drama Holiday movies, and really most movies, should have an understanding about tone.
There's a single mother with a child who never speaks that ultimately ends up falling for the young drifter, to help fill in the checklist for what's almost mandatory for the more traditional variety of these movies. The casting is excellent with particular emphasis on how good Tim Allen is. Some characters are shot and killed, others shot and injured. It probably wouldn't have the tone-deafness of multiple police officers shooting blindly at fleeing suspects. There is this one scene which sums it up perfectly.
And I'll watch Love Actually any day of the week. There's snow, lots of snow. And the blossoming romance always ends up with the two leads always falling over in the snow. I was raised on Earnest Saves Christmas. The police are shown to be inept -- especially in a scene in which they think they're exchanging gunfire with the alleged hostage taker but are actually shooting at each other. The movie is directed by Dave Talbert and was shot in La. A police officer uses chewing tobacco.