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A Merry Friggin’ Christmas DVD Review

A Merry Friggin' Christmas DVD

It’s easy to see why “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” isn’t getting much press.

Having grown up with a grouchy, drunk father (Mitch), Boyd (now a father himself) wants his son (Douglas) to have as many magical Christmas seasons as possible since he was deprived of this as a child. While vacationing at his parents home for the holidays, Boyd accidentally forgets Douglas’s presents at home. In order to ensure his son has an ideal Christmas, Boyd hits the road to retrieve the gifts before X-Mas morning rolls around. As you can probably guess, Boyd’s trip does not go as planned and he ends up road tripping back home with his father (whom he doesn’t get along with) and his peculiar brother (Nelson). Can Boyd mend old wounds with his father and can he salvage his son’s X-Mas?

In the vein of holiday themed films such as “Christmas Vacation” and “Bad Santa,” “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” is a sometimes raunchy dysfunctional family comedy that shows how the holiday season can be a rocky experience. Unfortunately, ‘Merry’ is nowhere near as good as the above mentioned films.

Despite boasting a fantastic ensemble cast comprised of Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Tim Heidecker, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Candice Bergen, Ryan Lee, Pierce Gagnon, and Robin Williams (in one of his final film roles), the cast is given very little to work with in this generally laugh free comedy. Sure, Heidecker has a few scene stealing moments as the white trash character Dave, but for the most part, the jokes tend to land with a thud (unless you find sight gags involving old pickle eating, asparagus, and Clark Duke’s obnoxious character funny).

On the bright side, ‘Merry’ does have a few worthwhile heartfelt moments. While there are certainly a lot of wasted opportunities here, the film does deliver some warm and fuzzy character moments involving Boyd and his son and Boyd and his father.


Presentation: 1.85:1. How does it look? This is generally a cheap looking movie, but it doesn’t need to be flashy since this is a low budget comedy.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? A solid track that does the job.

Extras include Phase 4 Film trailers, amusing individual interviews with Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Clark Duke, Candice Bergen, Lauren Graham, Oliver Platt and co-interviews with Robin Williams + Joel McHale and Tim Heidecker + Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Overall Thoughts: “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” is likely not worth 73 minutes of your time (81 with full credits), but if you are interested in seeing one of Robin Williams last roles, you might want to give it a peek.

November 28, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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