Nothing Like the Holidays

Movie information

They're just a typical American family. Minus the typical. Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references.
Released on:
December 12, 2008  

Previously Announced Release Dates:
November 14, 2008
November 21, 2008

Production Companies:
State Street Pictures
Distributors:
Overture Films

Status: Released

This film is Also Known As:
"Humboldt Park"

Cast:
Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Melonie Diaz, Vanessa Ferlito, Luis Guzman, Elizabeth Pena

Director: Alfredo De Villa

Screenwriter: Rick Najera, Ted Perkins, Alison Swan

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
About the film:
If there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's that family time isn't always a walk in the park. In Nothing Like the Holidays, two of today's most talented actors, John Leguizamo (The Happening, Moulin Rouge) and Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under," Bobby), join Debra Messing ("Will & Grace," "The Starter Wife"), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 2), and director Alfredo de Villa (the award-winning Washington Heights) to tell the humorous and heartwarming story of one unforgettable family holiday.
It's Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother's safe return from combat overseas. For Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), coming home has rekindled feelings for an old flame, although she can't seem to forgive him for leaving. His older sister Roxanna, a struggling actress, has been chasing her Hollywood dreams for years with little to show for it. And much to the dismay of their mother Anna (Elizabeth Pen~a), eldest brother Mauricio (John Leguizamo) brings home a high-powered executive wife (Debra Messing) who would rather raise capital than a child.
In the course of one eventful week, traditions will be celebrated, secrets revealed and major life decisions made. It all begins when Anna announces to her children she is divorcing their father Eduardo (Alfred Molina). The shock waves from this familial upheaval prompt Roxanna, Mauricio and Jesse, each in their own way, to reevaluate the past and rethink the future. But when the Rodriguezes learn that one of their own is facing a true crisis, they instinctively pull together: Old resentments are forgotten, familial bonds are re-affirmed and the healing power of laughter works its magic as the family discovers they are much stronger than they ever realized.
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $3.53 mil. (1671 theaters) | Domestic Total: $7.5 mil.
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