LOVE THE COOPERS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

Di­rec­tor: Jessie Nel­son Star­ring: John Good­man, Diane Keaton, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried Ver­dict: A fam­ily that stays to­gether, frays to­gether

CHRIST­MAS comes but once a year. How­ever, you may wish for a com­plete post­pone­ment when this scratchy Yule­tide yap-fest hits its worst stretches. A large ensem­ble of qual­ity play­ers fill out a dys­func­tional clan dis­in­te­grat­ing just in time for the an­nual fes­tive din­ner they have all been dread­ing. Though the scat­ter­shot script­ing can still pluck out a real and raw mo­ment when it wants to, there are too many char­ac­ters smothering the in­tended im­pact.

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