Suzanne Tenner
Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 21, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

This Christmas

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
120 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/21/07
performer
Loretta Devine, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba
director
Preston A. Whitmore II
distributor
Screen Gems Inc.
author
Preston A. Whitmore II
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Can I be adopted by the Whitfields? Everyone in this madly good-looking clan has got soapy problems as befits an aspirational, say-amen holiday movie. But reunite the family This Christmas in the big, beautiful L.A. house of the indefatigable matriarch known as Ma’ Dere and it’s all good. Mostly because the cast is such a powerhouse group, beginning with a blazing Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) as Ma’ Dere, Delroy Lindo as her man, The Wire‘s Idris Elba as prodigal eldest son, and the great Regina King (24) as bossy oldest sister. B

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