Release date:December 12, 2008
Director:Alfredo De Villa
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references)
Screenwriters:Rick Najera, Ted Perkins, Alison Swan
Starring:John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez, Vanessa Ferlito, Luis Guzman, Jay Hernandez, Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Peña, Melonie Diaz
If there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's that family time isn't always a walk in the park. In "Nothing Like the Holidays," two of today's most talented actors, John Leguizamo ("The Happening," "The Take") and Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under," "Bobby"), join Debra Messing ("Will & Grace," "The Starter Wife"), Alfred Molina ("The Da Vinci Code," "Spider-Man 2"), and director Alfredo de Villa (the award-winning "Washington Heights") to tell the humorous and heartwarming story of one unforgettable family holiday. It's Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents' home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother's safe return from combat overseas. For Jesse (Freddy Rodriguez), coming home has rekindled feelings for an old flame, although she can't seem to forgive him for leaving. His older sister Roxanna, a struggling actress, has been chasing her Hollywood dreams for years with little to show for it. And much to the dismay of their mother Anna (Elizabeth Peña), eldest brother Mauricio (John Leguizamo) brings home a high-powered executive wife (Debra Messing) who would rather raise capital than a child. In the course of one eventful week, traditions will be celebrated, secrets revealed and major life decisions made. It all begins when Anna announces to her children she is divorcing their father Eduardo (Alfred Molina). The shock waves from this familial upheaval prompt Roxanna, Mauricio and Jesse, each in their own way, to reevaluate the past and rethink the future. But when the Rodriguezes learn that one of their own is facing a true crisis, they instinctively pull together: Old resentments are forgotten, familial bonds are re-affirmed and the healing power of laughter works its magic as the family discovers they are much stronger than they ever realized.