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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

Starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Theo Rossi, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jaz Sinclair; the Jon Cassar directed When The Bough Breaks is a movie that had some promise. This particular story of a surrogate mother becoming dangerously obsessed with the biological father isn’t quite the best of this genre. 

The film had me doubting things quite early on, especially when I noticed the overly dramatic sounding music used to make Theo Rossi’s character seem more menacing and dangerous. All it did for me was point out what was lacking in the film in regard s to the script and acting-wise.

The best performances in the movie came from Hall, Chestnut, Malco and Michael Kenneth Williams. In the end, none of it really proved enough to make When The Bough Breaks particularly noteworthy. I actually ended up enjoying some of the cinematography more than I did the story and characters. Especially the shots of that lake house. I’d love to go there!

Cassar’s  movie is one you watch if you really must. Otherwise it’s likely that only those relatively new to movies / films of this genre or big fans of at least one of the stars involved will likely rate it more highly. If you think I’m wrong, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): The Things I Liked…

Almost Christmas (2016), Mo'Nique, D.C. Young Fly
Almost Christmas (2016), Mo’Nique, D.C. Young Fly

At the heart of David E. Talbert’s Almost Christmas is a dysfunctional family who haven’t all fully dealt with the recent passing of their mother.

Starring Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover and more, the dysfunction, laughter and mayhem begins when the family comes together for their first thanksgiving without their matriarch.

I wouldn’t call Almost Christmas a terrible movie but I don’t think it’s great either. As well as having some memorable scenes and lines, the film also has a few character story executions that I, as an avid moviegoer have seen far too many times before. Therefore, the complete lack of refreshing newness in these moments just makes them seem like a less than great filler to bulk up the movie, instead of all that they could have been.

The answer to the question of what the best thing about Almost Christmas is is simple; Mo’Nique. Her character is fun and arguably has the best lines. My favourite of her lines being the one that starts with ‘You, you dumb…!’ Talk about skilled delivery and excellent comic timing!

There’s also the great scene at the dinner table just before the above line when the penny starts to slowly drop leading up to everyone finally getting to meet ‘grandma Cheryl’.

Almost Christmas is a movie you watch if you’re curious enough. You will remember the great scenes but you may sense that it could have been better. I  like how the movie reminded me of something I wish everyone would remember always – and that’s the fact that not everybody’s ‘happily ever after’ looks the same – nor should it.

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ALMOST CHRISTMAS (2016): New Trailer From Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Omar Epps & Kimberly Elise

Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker
Almost Christmas (2016), Romany Malco, Danny Glover, kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Almost Christmas (2016).

It’s definitely too early for ‘seasons greetings’ but apparently it’s the right time for a Christmas/Thanksgiving movie trailer.

Almost Christmas is the latest film directed by David E. Talbert and it stars Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique and Danny Glover, among others. The movie is a comedy that centres  around a large dysfunctional family and their first Thanksgiving after their mother passes…

The word dysfunctional is what got my attention. The level of outrageousness present in this trailer also appeals.

I just hope that I’m not as disappointed as I was with Talbert’s previous release, Baggage Claim (2013). The trailer for that movie wasn’t good, so I should have known. But this one does look promising.

Other key cast includes J.B. Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps and Jessie Usher.

Almost Christmas Release Dates: November 11th, 2016 (US); November 25th (UK)…

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