Christmas In Connecticut

"Weak"

Christmas In Connecticut Review


Per the DVD box: She's hungry for ratings. He's hungry for dinner.

You'll be hungry for a better movie after suffering through this film, a vanity project and made-for-TV remake of a 1945 film, the first and only directorial experience by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

What's Ahnold doing directing a Christmas movie? God knows, and it's something probably best forgotten, like that strange dust that's piling up under the wooden beams in your house.

The story's a total bust -- Elizabeth Blane (Dyan Cannon) is a famous TV homemaker/chef type who, in reality, has a diastrous life and can't cook to save her life. Enhancing the sham is her producer (Tony Curtis), who sells a live Christmas show from Blane's house with her "family." Absurd scam ensues, revolving around Elizabeth's horrible reality and dashing outsider (Kris Kristofferson), who isn't in on the joke.

Kristofferson is a hoot, particularly in the inevitably catastrophic finale, and Curtis is always a joy, but there's so little artistry in this movie that you can't help but feel ripped off watching it. Cannon is ghoulishly scary, and Schwarzenegger's "direction" is nonexistant aside from working in a kid who loves to quote movies including, naturally, "I'll be back."

I will say one thing: Christmas in Connecticut did succeed in distracting my two-year-old daughter for an hour, as she kept watching for the baby to pop up on camera, which it does like clockwork, every five minutes.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 11th August 1945

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer: Cyrus I. Yavneh

Starring: as Elizabeth Lane, Dennis Morgan as Jefferson Jones, as Alexander Yardley, Reginald Gardiner as John Sloan, S.Z. Sakall as Felix Bassenak, Robert Shayne as Dudley Beecham, Una O'Connor as Norah, Frank Jenks as Sinkewicz, Joyce Compton as Nurse Mary Lee, Dick Elliott as Judge Crothers, Jody Gilbert as Mrs. Gerseg, Lillian Bronson as Secretary, Theresa Harris as Delivery Girl

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

On the Road Movie Review

On the Road Movie Review

Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the...

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Skilfully made by Swedish filmmaker Janus Metz (the award-winning Armadillo), this film is essentially a...

Advertisement
The Glass Castle Movie Review

The Glass Castle Movie Review

There are quite a few terrific moments in this true story, based on the memoir...

Home Again Movie Review

Home Again Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon is so likeable that she can carry even the most hackneyed of romantic...

Brimstone Movie Review

Brimstone Movie Review

An unnerving Western with a sharp female perspective, this film is a series of gruesome...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

This biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne may look like the usual lushly...

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.