Almost Christmas

Almost Christmas
After the death of his beloved wife, Walter has only one wish for Christmas—to have a nice, civil holiday with his family. That’s easier said than done when his two daughters, Rachel and Cheryl, barely get along, his son Christian, is consumed with running for Congress, and his youngest son, Evan, is hiding a secret after being injured playing college football. Will Walter get what he’s wished for and be able to make the perfect sweet potato pie? Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “Almost Christmas”.

· Walter is making sweet potato pie for the first time. In the first close-up, he’s rolling the dough and the bottle of vanilla extract is on the counter, in front of him. He’s shown using the extract, then the bottle can be seen on the counter next to the glass bowl as he’s flipping through the pages of the recipe. In the close-up of the bowl, when Walter is adding the eggs, the bottle of vanilla extract is still next to the bowl. It cuts to a front view as he’s mixing and the bottle has moved farther away and is closer to the carton of milk.

· Christian and Sonya arrive with the kids and his campaign manager. In the front view of Christian and Sonya walking toward the front steps, Christian is carrying Aunt May’s black suitcase with his left hand and a red one with his right hand. It cuts to a farther, rear view, and the suitcases have switched—he’s carrying the red one with his left hand and the black one with his right.

· Rachel pulls her luggage into the house after talking with Malachi. The red bag is standing in front of the blue bag, with the blue bag closest to Rachel. It cuts to a farther view and the red bag is now beside the blue one, with the red case now closer to Rachel.

· Near the end of the movie, Walter is sitting at the dining room table when Aunt May brings out two cups of coffee. In the right side view, Walter’s hands are down on the table. It cuts to a farther view as Aunt May sits down and Walter’s hands are elevated in front of him.

“Almost Christmas” (2016) stars Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, J.B. Smoove, Jessie Usher, Nicole Ari Parker, and John Michael Higgins. It runs 111 minutes and is rated PG-13 for suggestive material, drug content, and language.

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