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Surviving Christmas

Promotional poster
Directed by Mike Mitchell
Produced by Betty Thomas
Written by Deborah Kaplan
Harry Elfont
Jeffrey Ventimilia
Joshua Sternin
Starring Ben Affleck
James Gandolfini
Christina Applegate
Catherine O'Hara
Josh Zuckerman
Bill Macy
Jennifer Morrison
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister
Tom Priestley Jr.
Editing by Craig McKay
Distributed by DreamWorks
Release date(s) October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Surviving Christmas is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Mike Mitchell and starring Ben Affleck. Despite being a Christmas movie, DreamWorks SKG released the movie towards the end of October. This was due to it being advanced from December 2003 to avoid clashing with Affleck's other film, Paycheck (a co-production of DreamWorks and its current sister studio Paramount Pictures). The movie had negative reviews and was a box office failure. It was released on DVD on December 21, 2004, just two months after it had its theatrical release.



Drew Latham is a wealthy advertising executive, driven by money, which results in him living a shallow, pointless life. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he faces the prospect of another Christmas alone, so he decides to visit his childhood home to rekindle his old holiday memories. Once there, he discovers that the house is now owned by another family, the Valcos. Not to be deterred, Latham offers them $250,000 if they will allow him to spend Christmas with them and pretend to be a member of their family. They accept and then have to put up with his annoying insistence upon doing traditional Christmas activities. After awhile, Latham starts to care about the Valcos, and he attempts to repair their marriage. He also develops an attraction for the Valcos's 'daughter.'



Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 91st in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 7%.[citation needed] It was also nominated for three Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Ben Affleck; also for Jersey Girl) and Worst Screenplay.

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