Robert Tinnell directs Skyler Gisondo, Madison Iseman and Joe Pantoliano in this Italian American festive film where a small town teen drinks, romances and reminiscences while his bickering family prepares their traditional epic Christmas Eve feast.
An indie charmer that gives you exactly the warm feelings you want around this time of year. Loads of HBO faces give this a salty flavour, while the kids (Gisondo especially) underplay the slightly maudlin tropes sweetly. Set in 1983, this is more All The Right Moves than John Hughes. Not to overpraise a decent little release, but here’s one I can see slowly becoming part of the December annual watch canon. It just feels a bit more heartfelt and memorable than most of airbrushed red and green cash-in releases of the last decade.
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