Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens. Universal Pictures. Your privacy is important to us. Katarina "Kate", a young aspiring singer, works a dead-end job as an elf at a year-round Christmas shop in Central London, whose owner calls herself "Santa". Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents. Thompson adds in plenty of pleasantly odd and funny bits (one customer asks, “Do you have anything … dissimilar”) and throwaway skits between beat cops are a reminder that before working with Wham!’s hit holiday earworm or the Jane Austen material that earned Thompson her best-screenplay Oscar, she was a writer on short-lived sketch show Alfresco and is brilliant at improv. But not before she starts volunteering at the local shelter where Tom apparently works and becomes grateful that, unlike so many others, she has a home to go back to. Families can discuss the connection between gratitude and happiness. Thompson came up with the story and wrote the script based around the music of her friend, the late George Michael. [9][10] Filming locations included Piccadilly Circus, the Strand, Regent Street, the Thames Embankment, Covent Garden (where the Christmas shop is located), West London Film Studios, St Marylebone Parish Church and the Phoenix Garden. Kate believed Tom was a real man the whole time. We're see that the bench has a plaque on it dedicated to Tom. Discuss the romantic comedy genre: How does this film stack up? ... Wham! He praised Clarke for her performance, saying "she succeeds in the only real meaningful test of rom-com skill, in that she makes us want her to be happy. [14], An official soundtrack album was released by Sony Music on CD, two-disc vinyl, and digital formats on 8 November 2019. Last Christmas is a 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, who co-wrote the story with her husband, Greg Wise. The website's critics consensus reads, "Likable leads, terrific behind-the-scenes talent, and an intriguing musical hook aren't enough to save Last Christmas from its poorly conceived story. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to, To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Then they sing George Michael's "Last Christmas," and we see Kate later spending time with her family for a holiday dinner. It’s a riff on the mix of gallows humour, social commentary and heartwarming uplift perfected by Frank Capra. There’s the parade of cameos, from Patti LuPone as a nativity-obsessed customer to Peter Serafinowicz and Rob Delaney as a theatre producer and director who heckle Kate during her audition. Which is good because you’ve got to have faith to push through the central literal contrivance and the treacly third act, which even by Hallmark Channel standards is cloying in its exhortation to goodness, community caring and random acts of kindness. We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Emma Thompson co-star, and the film heavily features music from George Michael and Wham! Some of these are eventually answered, but some will be left hanging over us until the next fluffy Christmas film arrives and we forget all about this. The key to happiness is helping others. What's disappointing is that the film is based on a Captain Obvious-level pun.

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