Love the Coopers (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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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 (117) | Top Critics (30)

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…

Ticks off literally every home-for-the-holidays box -- in dutiful, uninspired fashion.

Nov 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If you've been wishing and hoping for a movie in which June Squibb - here playing a dementia-riddled relative named Aunt Fishy - shows her underpants yet again, you'll love Love the Coopers. For the rest of us, to know them is to hate them.

Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Holiday entertainment that feels more like a horror movie.

Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…
NPR
Top Critic

It's part sitcom and part soap opera that pokes mild fun at the season but has a wide sentimental streak.

Nov 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Alas, Love the Coopers focuses too much on interfamily drama to salvage the real Christmas spirit.

Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love the Coopers

½

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 Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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 Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

½

Its leaky Cooperage filled to the brim with fine star performances and a few floaters of good tidings, H'wood's latest obligatory holiday chestnut to audiences goes a bit dark but still manages to taste too saccharine sweet to stand out from the rest of the fruitcakes. Between the overpowering soundtrack, annoying kids, and meandering threads detailing the messed-up lives of a particularly boring family, Love the Coopers comes down to a case of Hollywood re-gifting the dysfunctional family homecoming formula in new gift wrap. It's a bad sign when the title doesn't even know what it wants to be. Is LOVE the Coopers a demand? Did they forget to put a comma in after "Love" as if it were a To/From tag on a gift? Statement or query, no one ultimately cares. The characters and their life problems don't amount to a hill of jelly beans, certainly not enough to love. On the other hand, the dialogue and plot points don't offer much by way of a gift. Trying to watch Oscar winners like Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei try to spin gold out of tinselly lines like "As if you can schedule happiness and joy--can't do it" makes you want for a gift receipt. In this PG-13-rated comedy, four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, but 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. Audiences have seen this sort of spread before, for better and worse. Every holiday season, moviegoers get gifted with early presents from H'wood in the form of star-studded, dysfunctional family, Christmas stories (Christmas with the Kranks, Deck the Halls, Four Christmases, Fred Claus). Franchises excluded (1989's Christmas Vacation), there's apparently only room for one new modern holiday classic every decade, give or take a few years (1983's A Christmas Story, 1990's Home Alone, 2003's Love Actually). Love the Coopers fails to make the cut. Even the big reveal (the parents are separating-scandalous!) For every silver bell (Olivia Wilde and Jake Lacy frolicking in an airport), there's three burned-out bulbs to contend with (Ed Helms enduring sadsack job search, Amanda Seyfried wanting to leave her ho hum small town, Marisa Tomei shoplifting an ugly broach). Bottom line: Lazy Stupid Love

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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