Happy Christmas (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joe Swanberg|
|Produced by||Joe Swanberg|
Alicia Van Couvering
|Written by||Joe Swanberg|
|Music by||Dominic Lewis|
|Edited by||Joe Swanberg|
Lucky Coffee Productions
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
Happy Christmas is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Joe Swanberg. It stars Swanberg, Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham and Mark Webber. Like most of Swanberg's previous features, the film's dialogue was entirely improvised.
Irresponsible 20-something Jenny (Kendrick) arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and Jenny's friend from high school Carson (Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career.
- Anna Kendrick as Jenny
- Melanie Lynskey as Kelly
- Joe Swanberg as Jeff
- Mark Webber as Kevin
- Lena Dunham as Carson
Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures jointly acquired the international distribution rights prior to the film's premiere screening. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2014. The film was released on video on demand on June 26, 2014, before being released in a limited release on July 25, 2014.
The film has been met with positive reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds an approval rating of 74% based on 74 reviews, with an average rating of 6.37/10. The site's consensus reads: "Intelligent, well-acted, and satisfyingly low-key, Happy Christmas marks another step in prolific filmmaker Joe Swanberg's creative evolution." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 70 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
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