Fuck the haters. This movie is absolutely lovely. Swanberg has shown himself to be as consistently brilliant at making rich, unassuming masterworks as Hong Sang-soo. HAPPY CHRISTMAS: all about vitality, transcendence, performance, health, getting better. <3
More inane mumble-laden navel gazing for the hipster-dating-set. There are some beautiful moments in this; the baby continually steals the show in several spontaneous, doco-shot scenes and Melanie Lynskey thankfully proves to be a strong rudder keeping it all together. Lena Dunham manages to get the camera up her crotch as you'd expect. 2.5 stars
I like these little 75 minute films that could, but improvised mumblecore isn't really my thing. That said, this looked like a disaster for the first 10 minutes, but then Melanie Lynskey and Anna Kendrick just made it very sweet and enjoyable.
Two words describe the only thing that matters here: Jude Swanberg. The rest is a mumblecore awkward snapshot of a film. It is hard to believe how annoying Anna Kendrick can be after the lovely 'Drinking Buddies'. And being that Swanberg is usually the one filmmaker capable of turning irritating into quirky, this doesn't really work.
Of course it's inconsequential and we only get a tiny glimpse of these (improvised) characters' lives, but for some reason the ride is fun nonetheless. Mumblecore is much derided but Swanberg does just fine here, as far I'm concerned.
Quite entertaining but comes as a bit short. Good chemistry between Melanie Lynskey and Joe Swanberg (who plays Anna Kendrick's brother). First time I'm seeing Mark Webber in a movie, and he's doing good, while Kendrick is cool and funny as usual. It's odd how this movie, with that title came out months after Christmas.