This Christmas (film)

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This Christmas
This christmas post.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Preston A. Whitmore II
Produced by

Preston A. Whitmore II

Will Packer
Written by Preston A. Whitmore II
Starring Delroy Lindo
Idris Elba
Loretta Devine
Chris Brown
Columbus Short
Regina King
Sharon Leal
Lauren London
Jessica Stroup
Keith Robinson
Mekhi Phifer
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski
Edited by Paul Seydor
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21)
Running time
119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $49,778,552

This Christmas is a 2007 American Christmas romantic musical comedy-drama film produced by Rainforest Films and distributed by Screen Gems. Written, produced and directed by Preston A. Whitmore II, it is a Christmas time story that centers on the Whitfield family, whose eldest has come home for the first time in four years. The film is based on the 1970 Donny Hathaway song of the same name, which is covered by Chris Brown in the film. The Whitfield family overcome many trials and obstacle during the Christmas season



Reviews for the film were generally mixed. As of December 4, 2007, a slim majority of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes judged the film "rotten", with the consensus view being that the film "Has strong performances, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés."[1] The score on Metacritic is 63 out of 100, "Generally favorable reviews".[2] Despite some bad reviews the movie ranked number 2 in the box office (next to Enchanted). The film became a box office hit after opening with $17,958,183.[3] It went on to gross $49,121,934 domestically on a budget of just $13 million.[4]

DVD and Blu-ray release[edit]

This Christmas was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on November 11, 2008.

Original soundtrack[edit]

This Christmas Soundtrack was released by Jive Records on November 20, 2007.[citation needed]

  1. This Christmas - Chris Brown - 3:18
  2. I'll Be Home for Christmas (Waiting On Remix) -Jordin Sparks - 3:13
  3. Jingle Bells - B2K - 3:18
  4. Try a Little Tenderness - Chris Brown - 6:14
  5. Merry Christmas Baby - Charles Brown - 4:49
  6. Silent Night - Boney James Feat. Anthony Hamilton - 5:16
  7. Please Come Home for Christmas - Aaron Neville - 2:52
  8. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin - 2:50
  9. Got to Give It Up, Part 1 - Marvin Gaye - 4:13
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Luther Vandross - 5:05
  11. The Christmas Song - Toni Braxton - 3:25
  12. Santa Baby - Lina - 3:20
  13. Sleigh Ride - TLC - 3:44
  14. O Holy Night - Denetria Champ - 4:33

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Image Awards
    • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: (Loretta Devine), Nominated
    • Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture: (Preston A Whitmore II), Nominated


  1. ^ No byline,, This Christmas. Accessed 4 December 2007.
  2. ^ No byline,, This Christmas. Accessed 4 December 2007.
  3. ^ The Numbers - US Movie Box Office Chart Weekend of November 23, 2007
  4. ^ This Christmas - Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information - The Numbers

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