LOVE THE COOPERS was directed by Jessie Nelson and stars Ed Helms, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Olivia Wilde, Alex Borstein, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Diane Keaton, and Marisa Tomei.
This multi-generational dramedy follows four generations of the Cooper clan who get together for Christmas. The movie focuses on the family members and their journey to get to this holiday reunion. Sam (John Goodman) and Charlotte (Diane Keaton) are playing the hosts of the family get together even though their marriage is nothing less than stressed these days. There’s Hank (Ed Helms) and Angie (Alex Borstein) who have ended their marriage but still make an appearance with their kids in tow. There’s also Bucky (Alan Arkin), the patriarch of the family who has this unique bond with his favorite waitress (Amanda Seyfried) who is 60 years younger than him. Bucky is also the glue that ultimately holds this family together.
There’s also Emma (Marisa Tomei) who is a helpless kleptomaniac that ends up getting a lift from her very patient arresting officer, Officer Williams (Anthony Mackie), who ends up sharing some of his own personal drama with her. Emma is also full of little white lies but means well. There’s the delightful and lovely Aunt Fishy ( June Squibb) who trades fart blames with the family dog. Last but not least there’s Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) who is her own worst enemy but ends up meeting Joe (Jake Lacy), a soldier that has been dispatched. The two strike up conversation in an uncomfortable kind of way at the airport and then keep running into each other, to the point Eleanor invites him to the family gig to make things less uncomfortable for her. In the end, the two really do hit it off but it’s their journey to get to this point that is so much fun to watch.
The story for Love the Coopers is a fun one that gives each family member their time to shine. Jessie Nelson did a great job balancing out the time for each family member here too. She did a great job telling this story that focuses on the importance of family. The fantastic cast also gives an amazing performance that will warm your hearts and make you laugh. While each family member is dealing with their own personal issues and drama, it’s the journey to get to the Christmas party that’s so much fun to watch. The funny moments are hilarious and the dramatic moments might get a tear out of you but in the end, all is well with this normal, everyday family who rediscovers their joyful family bond and the magic of love at Christmas.
The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The two discs also feature matching artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good.
Bottom line is, Love the Coopers ended up being a charming and heartwarming comedy drama (more comedy than drama) that focuses on this one family, their relationships, and a few strangers some of them meet along the way. It’s all about rediscovering what matters most and that’s the people you care about the most. The story was fun and all of the characters were really interesting and easy to follow. There’s some extremely silly moments in the movie as well as a few more dramatic moments but the movie never gets too serious thank goodness. FYI, Love the Coopers is narrated by the family canine (Rags the Dog) voiced wonderfully by Steve Martin. This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on February 9th and is definitely worth a watch. I’ll keep this one on my Christmas time watch list for now on.
Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films
Run Time: 107 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation
DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s three fun featurettes that focus on the making of the movie and the family dog. There’s also a music video and digital copy of the movie.
- “Making the Coopers” Featurette
- “Rags the Dog” Featurette
- “Fun on Set” Featurette
- Music Video by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
- Digital Copy