Love The Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Rated PG-13. (CBS FILMS)
Love The Coopers in in theaters NOW. I was recently invited to attending an advanced screening of the movie.
I have a real soft spot for holiday movies. Especially ones that center around large families. I find something fascinating about their bond, no matter how dysfunctional, and Love The Coopers offers plenty of dysfunction.
I found the movie to be very fast paced and entertaining. Though, not without it’s disappointments. I am big fan of Diane Keaton, even when she seems to be playing the same character in multiple films, it’s okay with me – I love that character. I’ll watch her in just about anything. Though I did enjoy the movie, Love The Coopers was a bit too cookie-cutter to be “great”. Worth seeing, but nothing I plan to see again.
What worked for me, and what didn’t. No spoilers!
The humor. It didn’t always work, but I laughed out-loud several times.
I felt as though I cared about the out-come of several characters in the film.
Aunt Fishy, I just love her. You will too.
The little twist, or detail reveal at the end. Cute. I didn’t see it coming.
Alan Arkin. He can deliver a line like no one else. He should be in every movie.
As much as I adore Diane Keaton and John Goodman, I felt no chemistry between them, and felt most of their scenes together were poorly written.
The awkward teenage boy, and his strange younger brother. I have nothing good to say about them.
The music scene. Predictable, and very not necessary.
If you’re looking for a feel-good, hilarious holiday movie, you will probably be disappointed. If you’re looking for a stressful, dysfunctional, yet often enjoyable holiday movie, this one is for you. Being a major fan of half of the movie’s cast, I’m giving it a generous 3 out of 5 rating.
Love The Coopers is playing in theaters now.