LOVE THE COOPERS
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.