All Is Bright (Almost Christmas) Sunday, 22 September 2019

All Is Bright (Almost Christmas)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Language and brief nudity.

  • The pitch:

    All is bleak.

  • Starring:

    Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Sally Hawkins, Amy Landecker, Tatyana Richaud, Adam Phillips, Michael Drayer, Colman Domingo, Halley Feiffer, Nikki M James, Peter Hermann

  • Directed by:

    Phil Morrison

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)


    People are held at gunpoint, hit with objects, punched, shoved, robbed, pickpocketed, threatened with a saw, threatened at knife-point. Stealing, property damage, home invasion, burglary. Arguing, yelling. Father shot to death mentioned. Thief, parole, imprisonment, botched robbery mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody face, bloody scratches, bruising. Butterfly bandages.


    Brief kissing. Naked woman seen in window. Making love mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits), bar setting. Smoking. Heroin, heroin dealing, rehab mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation. Cultural, racial, nationality, disability stereotypes. Ghosts mentioned.


    Christmas trees, second chances, going straight, estranged families, Christmas, immigration, unlikely friendships, wife-stealing, father-daughter relationships, pianos, music.


    Estranged wife/daughter. A girl believes her (imprisoned) father died from cancer. Divorce, ex-wife remarrying mentioned. Vomiting, spitting, urination. Open fire (barrel). Ghosts mentioned (figurative). Some French language (subtitled). Also known as Almost Christmas.


    Reasonably engaging. Good performance from Paul Giamatti, evokes 1970s feel, touching ending.


    Meandering, phony, low-energy, lacklustre, miserable, unfunny, unclever, predictable, forced, flat, joyless, lifeless, misfiring, uninspired, overlong, disparate, maudlin, mundane. Dull script, underdeveloped characters, lacks chemistry, no narrative interest, drab cinematography, misguided score.

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