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Almost Christmas | Danny Glover's festive family gathering proves stickily sweet

Almost Christmas Mo'Nique Kimberly Elise Gabrielle Union
(Image credit: Quantrell D. Colbert)

Almost Christmas Mo'Nique Kimberly Elise Gabrielle Union

Five days together? Oh joy. 

All-black ensemble comedy Almost Christmas finds recently widowed grandfather Danny Glover anxiously welcoming home his four adult children, and their partners and children, for the first family Christmas since the death of his wife.

All too predictably, each member of the dysfunctional clan has issues of their own. And bickering sisters Gabrielle Union and Kimberly Elise are at daggers drawn from the off. But the ensuing crises and clashes are bland and unfunny, while the film’s underlying sentiments are as stickily sweet as the dead matriarch’s traditional sweet potato pie, which Glover spends the entire movie struggling to recreate.

Certificate 12A. Runtime 111 mins. Director David E Talbert

Almost Christmas debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Saturday 11 November. Available on DVD & Digital Download from Universal Pictures UK.