It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving may not be over yet, but Christmas is already leapfrogging ahead. Love the Coopers is the first Holiday movie to reach Village Theatre and it already has had quite the audience gathering.
Semi imitating movies like New Years Eve and Valentine’s Day, Love the Coopers follows five different situations as the audience tries to piece together what the connection is between the characters. Charlotte and Sam played, by Diane Keaton and John Goodman, have their marriage on the rocks and are just trying to make it through one last Christmas together with the family. Angie is klepto, Hank’s personal and professional life are crumbling, Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) is willing to tell a (major) lie to impress her parents, and Ruby (Amanda Seyfried) and Bucky (Alan Arkin) are an unlikely pair of friends.
The film is filled with laugh out loud moments that not only touch on why the Holidays are so loved but also how ridiculous they can be. Cue lines of Santa Clauses and trying to explain to a child why there isn’t just one, some grumpy looking snowman, and of course- mistletoe and awkward kissing scenes. Love the Coopers reiterates that no one’s family is perfect and likely everyone feels like they are the one floundering the most in the family. Movie-goers had mixed reactions. Kelly shared, “It is perfect to get you in the mood for the Christmas season!” Carlie explained, “I thought it started cute- I like the stories of everybody… but then when they all came together it was too much. They put way too much effort into it. It was too much disaster. Other than that, it was cute.” The film is light-hearted and fun. Even though it felt a bit unrealistic, sometimes it is good to have a film that makes your family seem normal.
Ready or not, Holiday season is here. Now is the perfect time to escape the cold and windy nights and check out Love the Coopers playing at Village!
Director: Jessie Nelson
Cast: Diane Keaton, Olivia Wilde, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alex Borstein, and Amanda Seyfried
Run Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, language, and some sexuality)
See upcoming showtimes for Love the Coopers here.