“ With a near eight year stretch, he has finally taken his directorial chair yet again to bring the whimsical and fascinating Almost Christmas with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd.
“It's a movie well worth watching more than once - there are nuances and side remarks I missed out the first time.
“ And while it seems to get cliché towards the end, it does get to a point that is really good.
“So far, these were the enjoyable parts of the film.
“ I would add more details but I had to turn the sound off of the movie because it was not really a movie, it was more a left wing propaganda movie.
“ Watching 2 down and outs, selling Christmas trees for nearly 2 hours, became pretty boring after a while and the other added elements to the storyline wasn't that great.
“ Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd (the two Pauls) in the role of two rather inept Canadian Christmas tree salesmen and the quirky characters they encounter while in New York City cannot save this flick from the big yawn category.
“ But by the time -=- SPOILER ALERT -=- the money box from the Christmas tree sales gets lifted in the most unbelievably contrived manner and the two Pauls resort to their old thievery habits, stealing, of all things, a grand piano, out of an apartment window, so that Giamatti's young daughter (who's been told by her mother who's now engaged to Rudd's character that her daddy died of some unnameable cancer) can have a piano for Christmas (he promised one to her in his head, see) I was shaking my head in disappointed disbelief.
“ I really struggled to stay awake through this film because the tone was quite glum and it took ages to get going.
“ It has a simple storyline, that is more obscure, but, still has a lot of randomness and boring conclusions.
“ Played in live somewhere, and should be acting as a good back ground, but it's annoyingly bad, and tedious, as well as misfired.
“It's a good plot, but the film is quite too slow for it's own good.
“It's a rather pitiful Christmas story, and I had to stop watching three times because it was so boring, and annoyingly unhappy.
“ Anyway, the chemistry between Rudd and Giamatti was OK but they just kept on bickering with each other, which became a bit tedious after a while.
“ There was a lot of charming elements to it, and a lot of contrived elements.
“The film meanders, is very dull without an ounce of comedy.
“ All is Bright-Dull Until the End *** .