Do you remember the good ole days, back when Chris Brown was considered a role model and wasn’t out here beating and stalking his girlfriends in between embarrassing himself on social media? Before Columbus Short had a domestic violence record, and any character he played was always the wholesome young Black man? Since it’s still technically the holiday season, let’s reminisce on that, shall we? This Christmas has a lot of pros, and chief among them (besides the aforementioned) is the presence of Loretta Devine and Delroy Lindo, two actors whose mere presence could render even the most unwatchable film a winner.
Fortunately, This Christmas is not unwatchable and actually has a quite enjoyable (albeit erratic) plot. The grown children of Ma’Dere (Devine), their partners, lovers, and children, as well as her long-term, live-in boyfriend, Joe (Lindo) gather at her home to celebrate Christmas, but everyone brings their emotional baggage with them, including problems with their personal life, and issues with various family members. It seems that there’s nothing quite like the holiday season to bring long-festering resentments to the surface, and in This Christmas, everyone gives the skeletons in their closet a little bit of light.
There’s very little that can be said about this film without divulging the entire plot, and honestly, the film simply isn’t complex enough for me to do that. This Christmas is a beautiful, musical film, about a large, mildly dysfunctional, but very loving family who have their issues, like any other. Each person must walk a different road to finding their inner peace, but they do find it, with each other’s help, a message that reinforces what the Christmas season is all about. I give this one 3.25 stars.