Almost Christmas (2016)

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Walter Meyer is a retired mechanic who lost the love of his life one year earlier. Now that the holiday season is here, he invites daughters Rachel and Cheryl and sons Christian and Evan to his house for a traditional celebration. Poor Walter soon realizes that if his bickering children and the rest of the family can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle.

"Almost Christmas" is a 2016 American Christmas-themed comedy-drama film directed by David E. Talbert and produced by Will Packer. The film includes an ensemble cast that consists of Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, and Jessie Usher, to name a few. The plot centers on Walter (Danny Glover), a just recently widowed patriarch, who tries to keep his household together and produce harmony during the holiday after the loss of his beloved wife.

Plot Synopsis
The motion picture opens with the introduction of Walter, a retired automotive engineer who recently lost his better half of many years. As the holiday season methods, Walter chooses to welcome his four grown children and the rest of the household to spend 5 days together for Christmas at their house under the exact same roofing system for the very first time in many years. He hopes this will assist them to bond and discover unity once again after the loss of their mom. Knowing their disagreements and battles, he begs them to get along.

Family Dynamics
The household dynamics include the eldest daughter Cheryl (Kimberly Elise), a dental professional, and her hubby, Lonnie (J.B. Smoove), a philandering retired basketball player. His older kid Christian (Romany Malco) is a congressional candidate too preoccupied with his political campaign. His younger daughter Rachel (Gabrielle Union) is a stopping working writer unwilling to confess her failure to pay for law school tuition, and his younger son Evan (Jessie Usher) is a successful football gamer with a prescription drug issue. Auntie May (Mo'Nique) is an eccentric and fun-loving character who brings some laughter and life to the otherwise tense family event.

Family Tensions and Revelations
As expected, stress start to increase and old injuries open. Each member of the family deals with their individual problems and unsaid feelings. Christian is sidetracked by his project, while likewise disregarding his spouse and children. Rachel, refusing help from anybody, clashes with her sister, Cheryl. Evan is attempting to hide his painkiller addiction coming from an injury. In the middle of squabbles, the family discovers that the matriarch's well-known sweet potato pie recipe was never made a note of, more including a metaphor in holding the household's love and unity.

Throughout several confrontations and discoveries, the family, although dysfunctional, recognizes the importance of familial love and connection. They discover that the ideal vacation does not come from flawless events but from being together and cherishing the minutes. By the end of the five days, the household prospers in braving their storms, leading to a peaceful and captivating Christmas supper. Walter's sole holiday dream is fulfilled with his family finding out to put aside their differences, at least for the time being.

The movie "Almost Christmas" is a touching tale that depicts the love, battle, and unity of a household, with the universal message that despite all the ups and downs, family is irreplaceable. It provides an ideal mix of humor, drama, and the heat and beauty of the holiday. Regardless of its typically comical outer shell, the film does not shy away from showing genuine, raw emotions, making it a wholesome and heart-warming holiday watch.

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