Surviving Christmas

Theatrical Release: October 22, 2004
Surviving Christmas


Drew Latham is an executive leading an empty, shallow life with only wealth on his side. Facing another lonely Christmas ahead, Drew wants to revisit his old childhood home and possibly relive some old holiday memories. But when he arrives, he finds that the house he was raised in is no longer the home he grew up in. Inhabited by another family, Drew offers a nice financial reward that has the family ringing. But is Drew’s generous cash offer only the beginning of an annoying visitor whose a little too overeager to celebrate Christmas?

Dove Review

At first it is very hard to like Drew Latham (Ben Affleck). He is a wealthy, spoiled businessman who expects to get his way as long as he is willing to pay for it. However, as his character develops, you begin to realize that the financial hardship of his youth and the early loss of his parents has tainted his outlook on life. As we watch him manipulate others so he can have the Christmas he has always wanted to have, we also see him appreciate other’s needs and desires. As a result of Drew forcing himself into the lives of the Valco family they become more open to the needs of each other and finally draw closer together. It’s too bad that this sometimes funny and heartwarming film is riddled with foul language and sexual overtones. The story was good but this film will not receive a Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Mild Sexual Content with the son and fake grandfather viewing supposed pornographic images of the mother on the Internet (nothing graphic shown)
Language: Oh God and My God used several times, S-word at least 6 times. Hell and Ass several times. 1 occurrence of biblical profanity.
Violence: Comic violence as man gets hit over the head with an shovel. Bruises on the face from Ice ball fight
Drugs: Beer being drunk in several scenes. Fake Grandpa smokes Marijuana
Nudity: Boy draws outline of upper body of woman on foggy window with nipples. Boy and fake Grandpa look at pornographic pictures of mother on Internet (no nudity shown)
Occult: None


Company: DreamWorks
Director: Mike Mitchell
Producer: Betty Thomas
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe