Every December four generations of Coopers celebrate Christmas Eve together at the parents' (Diane Keaton and John Goodman) house. On the most recent occasion several embarrassing surprises create chaos for the dysfunctional family, driving its members to work on building stronger bonds with each other. Also with Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacey, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin and the voice of Steve Martin. Directed by Jessie Nelson. [1:45]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - In a mall a teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately, licking each other's tongues in close-up while a male voice says they are doing a bad job of kissing. A teen boy and a teen girl in a hospital waiting room kiss passionately, licking each other's tongues in close-up while the camera cuts away a few times and returns to find them still kissing. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately, knock over a Christmas tree and later sit on a couch with their legs wrapped around each other while family members stare and chuckle at them. An older man and an older woman kiss for several seconds and roll around on a couch; he lies on top of her briefly, then she sits on top of him and we see the back of her bare legs up to mid-thigh level as her skirt rides up a bit. A twentysomething woman rushes to a gurney where a nearly 80-year old man lies and kisses him on the lips before he enters a treatment room; he smiles. A woman and a man kiss passionately for several seconds in front of an elevator. A man in a restaurant kisses a woman briefly and the man's fiancée stands nearby, looking shocked as she stares at them; the fiancée turns into ice and shatters to the floor. A young boy with a sprig of mistletoe holds it over several couples' heads, telling them to kiss; one couple is secretly planning to divorce, but kiss briefly anyway and the other couples kiss briefly, except for a teen boy and a teen girl that lick each other's tongues.
► A married man tells a woman (not his wife) that he has a present for her and takes her to a storeroom to have sex, but she slams the door on him and runs away. An older mall guard has a flashback sequence in still shots in which he and his wife kiss under mistletoe in recent years, in young adulthood and in elementary school. An older man has flashbacks of himself and his wife in younger years as they dance closely in their living room and as they run and laugh through the woods in the. A husband and his wife roll in the snow while hugging and laughing. A man tells a woman that he wonders what it would be like to touch her neck and that she has a great neck; she tells him she wonders what it would be like to kiss his lower lip.
► A teen boy sees a female classmate working at a mall; he smells his armpits then approaches her (she is wearing a scoop neck top that reveals cleavage) while telling himself not to stare at her boobs twice, then the camera cuts to a close-up of her large bosom, but not the cleavage; the camera cuts to his face in close-up and his head explodes into dust.
► A woman at an airport approaches a complete stranger (he's a soldier) and asks: "I know you don't know me, but will you be my boyfriend for one night? That'll make my parents so happy" and the man refuses first, but then agrees; he later embraces her, holds her by the waist, and swings her in a circle, and then at her parent's home, he tells the older couple that he and their daughter are engaged (they are not). An elderly man eats at a diner twice a day for months to visit with a much younger waitress.
► A married couple wearing heavy shirts with long shirt tails remove their jeans in a bedroom; she looks at his behind and bangs her head on a closet door (she is uninjured), they argue and rush into the kitchen downstairs, when their adult daughter and her male friend walk in the front door and stare at the older couple.
► A little boy behind a Christmas tree tells a little girl, "You show me yours and I'll show you mine"; she lifts her dress over her head to show her white tights and he has already run away, laughing.
► An man and a woman argue about their upcoming divorce after 40 years. A man and his wife say that a day in the woods was their "first time" (sex implied). A man tells his grandfather that as a young man he found out that he was going to be a father on the same day that he failed his high school biology class; he says his ex-wife was his lab partner and one day she unexpectedly pounced on him sexually at a friend's house, became pregnant and the subsequent marriage failed and he now has shared custody of a five-year-old daughter, an eight-year-old son, and a teenaged son. A woman tells a man that she does not believe in marriage, they argue briefly and she admits to an affair with a married man because they live in different states and no one will find out, and then they argue more heatedly. A woman's mother sees a doctor in a hospital caress her daughter's hair and confronts her about having an affair; the daughter tells her mother she would not understand and walks away. A man tells a woman who is having an affair that not only is the man married, but also too old for her and using her. A woman tells a man that he sings Christmas carols incorrectly, making it sound, "like God reached orgasm" ("the Lord has come," instead of "the Lord is come"). A woman tells a male police officer that he is a robot, asks if he is gay and how is his love life; he replies, "I sleep with people" and they argue several times as he denies being gay, but then says, "Only in bed." A man roleplays and demonstrates how his mother continually told him as a child to stop gesturing, tilting his head, and standing in a feminine pose. A woman lies, saying that she has a husband and three teenagers; she later says that it was not a lie, but a wish. A man in a diner says to a waitress, "Come over here and warm me up (meaning coffee, but sex is implied) and she rolls her eyes. An old man tells a young man to "go get some" (have sex with a random woman) twice and the other man repeats the phrase once, awkwardly.
► A large dog smells the behind of a very small dog and awkwardly seems to attempt to mount the smaller dog unsuccessfully.
► A woman wearing a sweater rests her breasts on a diner table and a man remarks about it to a waitress. A woman reveals a large amount of cleavage when wearing low-cut tops in three scenes.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman is confronted by a police officer at a shopping mall after she steals a large brooch by putting it into her mouth and a store detective forces her to spit it out into his hand (no saliva is seen); the police officer handcuffs her and puts her in the back of his cruiser as she argues with him several times and he ends up releasing her (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
► A woman tells a friend that she had a sister with a weak heart and in a later scene, her mother and father argue about their toddler who died and we see a brief flashback of a one-year-old girl staring into the camera. An elderly man sees a vision of his deceased wife and their young daughters dressed as angels for Christmas in the 1950s, standing at the doorway to a dining room and he smiles.
► A teen boy tells another teen boy that he smells bad and a teen girl agrees; we see a large sweat stain on the "smelly" teen's underarm area and he and the girl argue briefly until the first boy punches the other boy in the face and the screen goes black (the punched boy has red marks on his right cheek, under his eye).
► A dog releases flatulence at a family dinner while a man says grace and several people abruptly complain of the smell; the lights go off and when they come back on, the turkey is on the floor, the great grandfather is face down in his plate of food and women shout; we see EMT vehicles with sirens and lights operating, then a hospital corridor where the elderly man is awake and lying on a gurney as medics wheel it into a treatment room; we later hear that he has had a minor stroke and will be fine.
► A young man stomps up to a teen couple kissing in a mall and calls them names, saying the girl should be with him instead of the other teen boy; a small boy rushes up to the trio, shouts to the bully to leave the other two alone, pulls down the bully's jeans (we see the shirt tail, but no flesh), and punches him so that he is thrown into a wall (we see that this was the small boy's imagination and that the bully stomps on the small boy's foot below the frame and the small boy runs away). A flashback shows a little girl on skates purposely knocking her older sister down while the older girl is performing a spin on the ice in a rink (no injury occurs).
► An elderly man eats at a diner twice a day for months to visit with a much younger waitress and the man becomes angry when she later tells him it is her last day at the diner, because she is moving to Mississippi; they argue and he storms out, but returns and notices a long red wrist-slash scar on her wrist. A man and his ex-wife argue in several scenes and raise their voices. During a large family dinner a man and his ex-wife shout loudly at each other and their 8-year-old son throws mashed potatoes on both of them and shouts for them to stop fighting. A wife and her husband argue rather loudly about getting a divorce. A woman argues mildly with a soldier about Evolution and about God, saying that God insists, "Love me the most or go to hell." Two women sit on either side of a man's hospital bed and argue loudly; a nurse tells them to stop and when they continue arguing, he orders them to leave the room. A man tells a woman that happy couples often argue and fight.
► We see a man push another man in a wheelchair in a hospital and a woman sits to the side of a corridor in a wheelchair. A man walks through a hallway wearing a hospital gown and wheels his IV stand with him; we see an IV line extending from a bag of clear solution to his arm, where tape holds it in place. A woman in a hospital waiting room cries.
► A young girl gives her mother a Christmas card and the woman vomits a white glob onto it and puts her head onto a table; the girl looks disgusted and scared. A grandfather straightens his young granddaughter's clothing in a bathroom at the sink at home and says the dump salad probably did "it" (a bout of diarrhea is implied, but not seen). A man snorts very loudly in half a dozen scenes and in another scene his mother imitates him in a grocery store. Two scenes feature one of two women spitting white and yellow chewed food across dining room tables during holiday meals. A dog eats food from a dining room table in several scenes. A dog eats part of a pot of mashed potatoes on the counter in a kitchen; a woman cooking puts pepper into the potatoes and serves them anyway (her family complains of too much pepper). An elderly woman feeds a dog from her dinner plate with her fork, afterwards continuing to use the fork herself. A dog eats several cookies and a male voice over states that the dog is stress eating because of emotions. A woman gives her sister a bathroom shower seat for a gift and both women laugh.
► Several dozen men dressed as Santa Claus appear at shopping mall stores, in cars, and on buses as children stare in wonder. We also see several houses and stores decorated for Christmas, with one house decorated for Hanukkah.
PROFANITY 3 - 2 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms (a 5-year-old girl says, "You're such a dick" a couple of times), 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, stupid, ridiculous, coward, narrow-minded, pus face, pussy, blisters, trashy, ugly, putz), exclamations, 3 religious profanities (GD), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, Jesus Christ, For God's Sake, Thank God, God Knows, Dear Lord Or Whoever Is Listening, I Swear To God, For God's Sake), religious songs (Christmas carols and one Jewish holiday song in Yiddish). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A young man tells an older couple that his mother took away his car keys after finding him in his car with a bong, and a soldier shows a picture of himself as a teenager with long hair and holding a marijuana cigarette. We see glasses of wine at all the adult place settings during a family dinner, a man wipes off a champagne bottle in his kitchen, a large family sits and the adults drink from glasses of wine, a soldier in an airport lounge drinks a bottle of beer at the bar and a man tries to buy a woman a martini (she refuses), a man offers to buy a soldier a drink and the soldier accepts and orders a martini for a woman instead, a person at a table in an airport lounge has a glass of wine in front of him, a man and a woman drink double shots of clear liquor and the bottle sits on their table in a lounge and we see a glass of wine on another table, a man tells a woman's parents that he does not drink alcohol because he is Mormon and then says he is joking, and a male voice over states that a young girl's mother was 6 eggnogs to the wind (we do not see the woman). A woman tells her parents that her fiancé smokes (he does not smoke).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, job loss, death of a young child, attempted suicide, secrets, honesty, communication, compromise, relationships, friendship, love, respect, fear, feeling lost, jealousy, grudges, illness, families who fight at Christmastime, traditions, memories, family ties, acceptance, forgiveness, reconciliation.
MESSAGE - Families can be challenging, but the relationships can be rewarding.