More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” the latest independent film from writer/director/star Edward Burns — not a SNY holiday special starring former New York Mets catcher Mike Fitzgerald.
Director: Edward Burns
Cast: Edward Burns, Connie Britton, Kerry Bishé
Current Criticwire Average: B (out of 1 critic)
Official Synopsis: “With ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,’ Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of ‘The Brothers McMullen.’ Reuniting with ‘McMullen’ co-stars Connie Britton (‘Friday Night Lights’), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (‘Little Children,’ ‘Beautiful Girls’) and Kerry Bishé (‘Newlyweds,’ ‘Red State’), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, ‘The Artist,’ ‘The Longest Yard’) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.”
“A perfect fit for smallscreen platforms.”
“Britton and Burns have wonderful chemistry.”
“This movie is more about forgiveness and the uphill climb towards equilibrium towards the perfect holiday. It earns its way enough into our hearts.”
“Burns doesn’t have much time for filial piety, but he can write dialogue that will make you laugh as long as you’re not its target.”
“Like a conventional seasonal special of a television drama.”
“The Fitzgerald Family Christmas” is now available on VOD. It opens in limited theatrical release on December 7th.