Traditional Christmas films are full of sugar and spice and everything nice. Don’t expect any of that from the new film Almost Christmas. In fact, you might relate to the family in the trailer more than any holiday film before it. Danny Glover stars as Walter, the patriarch of the family who recently lost his wife and is counting on his dysfunctional family to get along for once over the holidays.
“Nothing says the holidays quite like family,” Mo’Nique‘s character Aunt May says in the trailer.
There are many different scenarios being set-up, like Gabrielle Union‘s character admitting to Omar Epps‘s character that she’s now divorced. A voice comes from the kitchen confirming he’s single as well. Aunt May has caught the loving attention of a much younger man. And the arrival of John Michael Higgins to the family affair has at least one person confused.
“So sorry about your loss,” Higgins says to Glover. “The African-American woman is the backbone of the black family.”
Glover replies, “Who is this white man?” The family laughs in response.
The comedy is directed by David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and produced by Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas). The all-star cast also includes Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, JB Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher and DC Young Fly.
Almost Christmas opens in theaters November 11.