Nothing Like the Holidays
Source: Catholic News Service
A wounded Iraq War vet (Freddy Rodriguez) returns to his Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago for Christmas where he pursues an old flame (Melonie Diaz) as his parents (Alfred Molina and Elizabeth Pena) announce they're divorcing, and his siblings—an aspiring Hollywood actress (Vanessa Ferlito) and an up-and-coming lawyer (John Leguizamo) married to a career-focused banker (Debra Messing)—grapple with their own problems. The ensemble cast adds Latin zest to a familiar story in director Alfredo De Villa's frequently humorous drama, and there's a strong emphasis on family unity and the permanence of marriage, but the Catholic atmosphere, though pervasive, is marred by the appearance of a gluttonous, ineffectual priest. Frequent sexual humor, much crude and crass language, and a few uses of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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