Nothing Like the Holidays

2008 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD

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Nothing Like the Holidays

2008 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD
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John Leguizmo and Alfred Molina head up an all-star cast in this multicultural ensemble comedy that follows a trio of Puerto Rican siblings -- a Marine, an actress and a businessman -- on their way home to Chicago for a Christmastime family reunion.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby True HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, like most contemporary holiday movies, this film features a large, loud, "dysfunctional" family dealing with lots of issues. One son has just come back from Iraq and could have post-traumatic stress, another has a Jewish wife who doesn't get along with his mother, and the parents are on the verge of divorce, to name just a few of the family's problems. While young kids may not be interested, 'tis the season for family movies, so be aware that there's drinking, sexual innuendo, and several passionate kisses, as well as some use of anguage like "s--t" and "a--hole." There's also a subplot involving a reformed gang member's beef with the guy who killed his brother, as well as a few other Latino stereotypes. But overall, it's a mostly positive portrayal of a Hispanic family's Christmas traditions.

Sexual Content

Several characters passionately kiss and talk about sex and adultery. For example, the Rodriguez siblings talk about where they lost their virginity. A married couple is shown in bed the morning after making love (the man is shirtless). A woman looks at her birth control and tries to determine whether she's fertile or not. Several jokes and innuendo about "getting any" and men's "big tools," etc.


A character punches another character; a guy holds a gun up to someone but doesn't shoot; a man almost dies in a car accident.


Language used fairly regularly includes "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "goddamn," and more.

Social Behavior

Portrays a Puerto Rican family's Christmas Eve celebration and traditions. The children deal with being Latino, marrying non-Latinos, and returning to their old neighborhood. The differences between Latino culture and "white" culture are explored. There are strong female characters but also several Latino stereotypes, including a former gang member. Overall, the movie has positive messages about Latino families.


Brands featured or mentioned include Cadillac, BlackBerry, Gateway computers, and Kia.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The Rodriguez clan drinks at dinner/parties and goes to a local bar, where a couple of characters get drunk. The men of the family smoke cigars together, and the sister smokes cigarettes. The siblings reminisce about smoking "blunts" in their attic when they were teenagers.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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