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A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 22 November 2014 (Canada)
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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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Phil Johnston (as Michael Brown)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McHale ... Boyd Mitchler
Lauren Graham ... Luann Mitchler
Clark Duke ... Nelson Mitchler
Oliver Platt ... Hobo Santa
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Shauna Weinke
Tim Heidecker ... Dave Weinke
Candice Bergen ... Donna Mitchler
Robin Williams ... Virgil Mitchler
Pierce Gagnon ... Douglas Mitchler
Bebe Wood ... Vera Mitchler
Ryan Lee ... Rance Weinke
Amara Miller ... Pam Weinke
Mark Proksch ... Trooper Zblocki
Jeffrey Tambor ... Snow Globe Snowman (voice)
Amir Arison ... Farhad


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Spend it with the ones you loathe



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG- 13 for language and crude humor throughout | See all certifications »

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English | Dari

Release Date:

22 November 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Friggin' Christmas Miracle See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sycamore Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


The first of three movies released after the death of star Robin Williams. See more »


In the final scene in the front yard, as Nelson carries the baby, the neighbor's yard shows a blooming dogwood tree and flowering white shrub revealing the Christmas cold-weather scene was filmed in the spring. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits, the 2 singing men in the truck make another appearance See more »


References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »


Silent Night
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber), Joseph Mohr
Performed by Aaron Tippin
Courtesy of Lyric Street Records
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One of our captain's last movies is truly awful.
30 November 2014 | by LouisGurSee all my reviews

I know you're only paying attention to this movie because of one of the greatest actors and comedians of all time, who recently died (Robin Williams if you didn't know) is in it. That's the only reason I even watched this Christmas comedy. Or, I'm actually a fan of some Christmas movies like Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street and I even thought Jingle All The Way kind of worked. However, A Merry Friggin Christmas is a poorly made comedy with a very bad cast. I like most of the actors in the film like Clark Duke , but they all did an awful job. The absolute horrible script. doesn't really help.

The story centers around a father who accidentally leaves all his son's Christmas presents at home, and attempts to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise to get the presents, with his dad who's played by Robin Williams. Since I grew up with Robin Williams, I had to watch this. His death hit me so hard even though I never knew him or met him. I ignored the awful plot at first, but everything is just so bad about this film.

The main problem is that it's supposed to be a comedy with a few touching moments. I can't remember laughing while watching this. All the jokes were either very childish or just dumb. I don't think Robin Williams improvised any of his lines in this film, because I have never watched a movie with him there I didn't laugh at least twice. Since you weren't introduced to the characters in this comedy at all, you didn't really care about them.

This is just an awful Christmas movie everyone should at least try to avoid. I'm giving the movie a 3/10 because I still thought it was nice to see Robin Williams and Oliver Platt (who also starred together in the very good sci-fi film Bicentennial Man). Except for that, there's nothing worth mentioning here. The last years of Robin Williams consisted of poorly made comedies (except for a few movies like World's Greatest Dad), and A Merry Friggin Christmas just proves it.

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