When Jesse gets dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn, his parents convince her to still spend Christmas with them, and Shawn’s handsome cousin, while Shawn is away.
Editing: Simon Davidson
Music: Tommy Fields
Cast: Brittany Snow, Justin Long, Alex Moffat, Julia Duffy, George Wendt, JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Director: Clare Niederpruem
Writers: Barbara Kymlicka, Dan Lagana, Vince Vaughn
Cinematography: Kristoffer Carrillo
Every year it seems that an endless list of new Christmas films and shows are put out into the world, so many that it just makes sense that someone would start a Christmas media podcast. It can be hard to differentiate yourself from all the other films hitting similar themes of family, selflessness and love for your fellow man. Christmas with the Campbells stands out from the pack with a script co-written by Vince Vaughn filled with sexual innuendos and adult activities but unfortunately offers little else.
Jesse (Brittany Snow) believes she’s in a happy relationship with her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) as they prepare to visit his parents (Julia Duffy and George Wendt) for Christmas. Her plans are thrown into disarray when Shawn dumps her out of the blue. With nowhere else to go, and at the request of Mrs Campbell after Shawn tells her he isn’t coming home for the holiday, Jesse goes to spend her Christmas with her ex’s parents as well as their nephew David (Justin Long) and his dog Polo.
The story goes pretty much in the direction you think it will with Jesse and David quickly building a connection, helped by an adorable dog. There is the curve ball of Shawn coming back for Christmas but don’t expect any plot twists or surprises. The actual big surprise is that Jesse was with Shawn at all, a man so incredibly unlikeable and cartoony narcissistic that their being in a long-term relationship immediately broke my suspension of disbelief.