All Is Bright (Almost Christmas) Wednesday, 19 June 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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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