Love the Coopers

Rated PG-13 107 minutes 2015

Despite its offensively unpunctuated title, Love the Coopers is a holiday movie I didn't hate! That doesn't mean you won't hate it, though, because (A) it is narrated by a dog, (B) it almost concludes happily with an amicable divorce, which would have been such a normalizing, progressive treatment of a deeply common American experience, except then it backpedals at the end because I guess collective misery is easier than being alone, (C) I don't know why the casting director thought that Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfriend are the same age; they are not, (D) there's a cute Jake Lacy/Olivia Wilde "hey, I just met you, and this is crazy" subplot, but it's essentially a low-rent Before Sunrise, and (E) Alex Borstein plays a harpy wife, because idk, I guess all wives are harpies? And Yet. Maybe it's just because it's stuffed with likeable actors (Diane Keaton, Mariso Tomei, John Goodman, Alan Arkin), but Love the Coopers is at, the very least, a whole lot better than most terrible holiday movies with the word "love" in the title. So if Aunt Gretel wants to go see a picture after you fill up on green-bean casserole and Cousin Chuck again tries to discuss Social Security at the dinner table, well, you could do worse (106 min.).

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Director: Jessie Nelson

Producer: Michael London, Jessie Nelson, Janice Williams, Kim Roth, Anna Culp, Ted Gidlow, Steven Rogers and Diane Keaton

Cast: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Alex Borstein, Jake Lacy and Steve Martin


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