Moving at the speed of a snail might be the biggest reason for the downfall of this movie. But hey, it’s a Christmas movie and that gives it a fighting chance if a few of those characters hit the right cord with the audience. With the bouquet of stories it has to offer, I’m sure that you will relate to at least one of them, no matter how old you are. The big question being, are you ready to slug through the rest of them too?
Coming to the performances, it is almost impossible to cover the complete cast. But as a highlight, Alan Arkin (Argo) and John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.) surely make their performances lovable and believable if not Oscar-worthy. But what makes a Christmas movie kindle the holiday feeling is the narration. Steve Martin nails the role with his charismatic voice (you should watch this clip to believe his versatility).
To sum it up, Love the Coopers is akin to an archer pulling a bunch of polished arrows out of his quiver and firing them all at once, hoping at least one hits the target. Only I’m not sure that works for a movie. But like I said, it’s hard to hate a Christmas movie.