Excerpt: Love the Coopers reminds us that there are few things worse than booze-fuelled family gatherings, but one of them is definitely schmaltzy Hollywood movies about such reunions. Drawing numerous narrative threads towards a climactic yuletide dinner, the film introduces four generations of one family, who must overcome grudges and failings, let slip the odd lingering secret, and possibly realise the true meaning of Christmas.
Excerpt: Even the dog in this movie is depressed. We know that because during two cutaway shots of the canine eating off of someone’s plate, narrator Steve Martin explains that he’s stress-eating. Yes, one such shot was not enough to get the point across.