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All I Want For Christmas

  All I Want For Christmas Review
Tookey's Rating
2 /10
Average Rating
2.75 /10
Leslie Nielson, Lauren Bacall , Harley Jane Kozak
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Directed by: Robert Lieberman
Written by: Thom Eberhardt, Richard Kramer

Released: 1991
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 90

13 year-old Ethan (Ethan Randall) and 7 year-old Hallie (Thora Birch), want only one thing: that their mother (Harley-Jane Kozack) should get back with their father (Jamey Sheridan) and ditch her lover (Kevin Nealon).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The movie has momentary flashes of intelligence - not surprisingly. since it was directed by Robert Lieberman and written by Richard Kramer, both of the TV series thirtysomething. They create a preposterously over-privileged Manhattan world where the chef at a children's cocktail party will ask kids over the canapes: "Does the concept work for you, or is the creme fraiche too assertive?"

But if the first half-hour is heart-warming, the rest of it is stomach-turning. The rot sets in when Lauren Bacall (now reduced to playing a lovable granny, apparently through gritted teeth) sings Baby, It's Cold Outside with cute moppet Thora Birch. The result is the worst musical movie moment since Cybill Shepherd opened her mouth in At Long Last Love. From then on, the film goes downhill as fast as a toboggan ride down Everest. So melting and slushy is the sentiment that Santa Claustrophobic grown-ups may rush screaming from the cinema.

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