A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

Robin Williams, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
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Not Really a Comedy More like a Drama6/10
This was pretty hard to watch as it star one of my idols the late Robin Williams who dose a fantastic job a playing this grump old former alcoholic father who was never really there for he's kids, he's performance is as away perfect its such a sad time to see a great actor pass from us. Although i wouldn't really say this is a comedy in a way as it very depressing & bleak at time's but you get why this is as it set a tone more as a drama than a comedy as you see the son Boyd Mitchler played by Joel McHale who seem to hate his father for never being around & always being drunk. The story goes along at a stead pace as you see the character's develop, it soon becomes this family bonding time with his father as he force to go back home to get something for he own son. What clever is this film show just how damaging curtain bad thing happen in family's can be this is where this film start to take on a bleak dark tone of sadness, it not really a funny comedy its more of a black comedy drama type film in a way but still worth watching.

Dislikes : Comedy's are meant to lift you up & make you feel good, this just ended up making me depressed just because of the tone of the film, although i thought it was good film, but this is far from a comedy lack the laughter & light humour.
god bless robin2/10
This is not trolling, neither do i want this comment to sound disrespectful in any way.

Watched the movie for robins sake, as it was one of his last movies. Family Christmas themed comedy, yay! Though, what it really was, is just an awfully written drama.

First thing that came to my mind after finishing the movie was disturbing, but i think there's a lot of truth in it. Basically what i thought was that this movie took a part in what killed him. If i casted in such movie, i'd want to kill myself too.

I didn't find single scene even slightly funny. All it has been is marathon of sadness. Robin dedicated his life to laughter and making people around happy and the opportunities and surroundings have just thrown bricks beneath his feet. If i met the person that wrote this script in person, i'd throw in a few punches. I'm not a violent person, but how can one make Christmas themed comedy with robin williams in cast this sad?

I'm not even going to comment the movie/plot itself, as it's not worthy of words.

I give this movie 2/10, and that one point goes purely to robin and his utter genius. I adored robin while he was around, and forever will.
finally a good Xmas comedy besides bad santa7/10
Going to start this review of by saying that the world is at such a loss without robin Williams as this feel good xmas comedy shows just how great of a actor he was. the film starts off bit slow but then once robin Williams character comes into the plot it becomes interesting. the plot is a simple one which I feel helped this film evan more and you can read the plot above in the info next to the picture. The jokes and one liners are great and funny and despite all the mishaps it gives off a nice message and just in time for xmas as let's face it films like "jessabelle, horns, dumb and dumber too" don't really give you a festive feel. So if you want a original xmas comedy with a great cast a funny drunk santa and a overall feel good film for this time of year then be sure to go watch this film.
Not Robin's Best6/10
I saw "A Merry Friggin' Christmas", starring Joel McHale-The Soup_tv, Ted; Lauren Graham-Evan Almighty, Bad Santa; Candice Bergen-Boston Legal_tv, Miss Congeniality and Robin Williams-The Crazy Ones_tv, One Hour Photo.

This is one of the last 3 movies Robin Williams made before he died on August 11, 2014-This was made before Night at the Museum:Secret of the Tomb and there is one more that he did voice work on as a dog, called Absolutely Anything. This is a comedy where Robin plays a little different than what you are probably used to seeing him in. It is Christmas time and Robin is a grumpy old man in a dysfunctional family that is grumpy because his family, including his son Joel, is coming to visit for the holidays. Joel and his wife, Lauren, want to make a perfect Christmas for their son-it may be his last one to believe in Santa Clause-and of course, everything goes wrong. Besides all the bickering going on, Joel discovers that he left his son's presents at home, which is an 8 hour round trip, if he wants to make it back by sunrise. So Joel and Robin take a road trip while trying to work out their family problems. Candice plays Robin's wife. There are several recognizable actors in cameos; see if you can recognize who is playing the Hobo Santa. At the end of the movie is a dedication to Robin and how he made us all laugh-just not in this movie, though. There is also a scene after the credits involving two other characters, singing in a truck. As I said earlier, it is a different type of role for Robin so if you want a funny send off to remember him by, you will not get it here. It's not a bad movie, just different. It's rated "PG-13" for language and crude humor and has a running time of 1 hour & 28 minutes. It's not Robin Williams' best work but I liked it enough that I would buy it on DVD.
A movie that is very funny but contains an unintentional tinge of sadness6/10
"Get in the truck Gladys, we've got Christmas to save." Boyd (McHale) has just learned that he will be spending Christmas with his father Mitch (Williams) and the rest of his family. What should be a happy time becomes stressful for everyone when Boyd realizes that he left his son's presents at home. After his car breaks down Mitch and Boyd set out on a road trip to save Christmas. I've thought of ways to start this review without starting with the obvious but I can't. Robin Williams was my 2nd favorite actor (behind Al Pacino) and I was devastated at the news. That both helps and hurt the movie. I think it helps because (right or wrong) the movie will get more exposure than it probably would have got otherwise. On the other hand it is impossible to watch this without thinking of what happened and that takes you out of the movie. All that said I thought the movie was very funny and I recommend it, but the comedy is hurt knowing that this is one of the last times you will get to see the genius of Robin Williams at work. Seeing him play a crotchety old man paired with the McHale who plays a father trying way to hard is a perfect combination and the chemistry really works. This is one of those movies where things seem to just get worse and worse but at the same time funnier and funnier. Every member of the family adds something different and that makes it very fun to watch. Overall, a movie that is very funny but contains an unintentional tinge of sadness. I give it a B.