Love the Coopers

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Love the Coopers has a talented cast and a uniquely bittersweet blend of holiday cheer in its better moments, but they're all let down by a script content to settle for cloying smarm.

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LOVE THE COOPERS follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Cast

Diane Keaton
as Charlotte
Anthony Mackie
as Officer Williams
June Squibb
as Aunt Fishy
Olivia Wilde
as Eleanor
Dan Amboyer
as Handsome Young Man at Diner
Scott Garan
as Department Store Security Guard
Dorothy Silver
as Mrs. Pinkins
Mike Pusateri
as Airport Bar Patron
Kanani Rose
as Caroler/Angry Soprano
Molly Gordon
as Lauren Hesselberg
Krista Marie Yu
as Lily The Florist
Lev Pakman
as Schnozzle Whitehead
Elisabeth Evans
as Young Charlotte (20s)
Sean McGee
as Young Bucky
Rory Wilson
as Young Emma
Quinn McColgan
as Young Charlotte (12-14 yrs)
Kristin Slaysman
as Effie Newport
Jon Tenney
as Dr. Morrissey
Ralph Browning
as Gurney Doctor
Cady Huffman
as Gift Shop Clerk
John Luoma
as Hospital Caroler
Ryan Borgo
as Hospital Caroler
Justin Lonesome
as Hospital Caroler
Samuel Mancini
as Hospital Caroler
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Critic Reviews for Love the Coopers

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (98)

  • The most debilitating thing about this whole soggy mince pie of a picture is that it's narrated by a dog.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The biggest disappointment is the waste of such an excellent cast. This is terminally treacly fare in which the writing is often very trite indeed.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] steaming yule log of a movie ...

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • There are a few hints of honest feeling trying to burst through. The trouble is how insistent writer-director Jessie Nelson is at gift-wrapping everyone's story arcs with tidy, coupley closure.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • One Last Christmas. It's like One Last Job in a heist movie -- an enterprise embarked on with the best of intentions, but bound to go badly.

    Dec 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's just as often manipulative and contrived, but Jessie Nelson's film sells itself well. There's care in the details, and the characters often feel like actual people.

    Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love the Coopers

  • Jan 29, 2016
    I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. With some genuinely heartwarming moments and humour this is near enough in the same league as Love Actually as enjoyable films to watch during Christmas (even though it is past Christmas when I am watching it for the first time).
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2015
    Featuring an all-star cast that includes John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfriend, and Steve Martin, Love the Coopers is a holiday treat. When they come together for an old fashioned, traditional Christmas the Cooper's facade as a perfect, loving family starts to crack. The storytelling is pretty good; considering the size of the cast and the number of plot lines that intertwine. However, most of them are formulaic and clichéd; a father hiding his unemployment, parents covering up their separation, a daughter pretending to be in a relationship to please her mother, etc., etc. And the comedy is rather tame. Yet despite its problems, Love the Coopers is an enjoyable family comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2015
    Quite liked. Not a cheerful or funny Xmas movie, but it dealt with real issues faced by families and I liked the cast including Amanda Seyfried and Marisa Tomei. As Xmas movies go, this was one of the better ones. Not cloying either.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2015
    Over the past decade, we've seen a recent phenomenon in film, where producers cast many big names in a clip film, that all comes together in the end. While this may work well with superheroes, it has yet to be successful in regards to comedy. That is why the film, Love The Coopers can be defined with one saying, too many cooks in the kitchen. This film features a large and impressive cast, and the previews looked terrific, but I assure you, Ed Helm's little girl calling him a dick, is just about the only truly funny moment in this film. The story here has a lot of different angles, and they do come together quite nicely, but this film is not what it was intended to be, as the last thing I would refer to it as is a hilarious holiday film. A lot of people are going to see this film because of it's cast, and from young Timothee Chalamet to veteran Alan Arkin, this cast is remarkable, however the story is not, in fact this whole film was fairly dull. I expect a lot from the cast, but even Hollywood's best and brightest can't make a film work when the writing just isn't there. I love the concept and I really wanted to like this film, but in the end it's just a big disappointment.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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