Almost Christmas (film)

Almost Christmas

Theatrical release poster
Directed by David E. Talbert
Produced by
Written by David E. Talbert
Music by John Paesano
Cinematography Larry Blanford
Edited by Troy Takaki
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
Running time
111 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million[2][3]
Box office $38.2 million[3]

Almost Christmas is a 2016 American Christmas comedy-drama film written and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Gabrielle Union, Keri Hilson, Jessie Usher, Danny Glover, Omar Epps, John Michael Higgins and Romany Malco. The film follows a dysfunctional family that comes together for the holidays for the first time since their mother's death.

Principal photography began on November 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The film premiered in Los Angeles on November 3, 2016 and was released in the United States on November 11, 2016 by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews and has grossed over $38 million.


Walter (Danny Glover) is a retired automotive engineer who lost his wife (Rachel Kylian) one year earlier. Now that the holiday season is here, he invites his four grown children and the rest of the family to his house for a traditional celebration. Poor Walter knows that if his daughters Rachel (Gabrielle Union) and Cheryl (Kimberly Elise) and sons Christian (Romany Malco) and Evan (Jessie Usher) can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle. As his children arrive, Walter realizes a perfect Christmas without his wife is easier said than done. His eldest son Christian struggles with balancing his campaign to became a congressman and his want to spend time with his family. Christian goes as far to invite his campaign manager along, so they can get more work done. Cheryl, a doctor and the eldest daughter, arrives for the holidays with her husband Lonnie, a previously famous basketball player who played overseas in Croatia. Meanwhile, Rachel struggles to financially support herself and her daughter due to her recent divorce and studying to become a lawyer. Lastly, Evan is a successful football player recovering from a shoulder injury, however when his coach tells him his arm is completely healed, Evan struggles to give up the pain medication.



On April 27, 2015, it was announced that Universal Pictures had bought the comedy script A Meyers Thanksgiving from David E. Talbert, who would also direct the film, with Will Packer producing through Will Packer Productions.[14] The film was retitled A Meyers Christmas, setting around the Christmas holidays.[15] In April 2016, Universal Pictures announced another title change for the film, which will now be called Almost Christmas.[16]

Principal photography on the film began on November 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.[17][18]


Universal scheduled the film for an November 11, 2016 release.[15] A trailer for the film was released April 14, 2016.[19]

Box office

Almost Christmas was released alongside Arrival and Shut In, and was expected to gross around $15 million from 2,376 theaters in its opening weekend.[20] The film made $507,000 from Thursday night previews at 1,885 theaters and $5.9 million on its first day. It went on to gross $15.6 million, finishing fourth at the box office.[21]

Critical response

Almost Christmas received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 50%, based on 54 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While far from the worst holiday dramedy audiences could hope for, Almost Christmas isn't distinctive enough to prompt a visit to the theater – or annual yuletide viewings."[22] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[24]


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