After making itself available in November through various on-demand viewing options,
If the film, a seasonal ensemble affair, feels extremely familiar, it's because Burns consciously revisits the vibe, concerns and intentions of the one that made his name back in 1995, "The Brothers McMullen."
The seven grown siblings in the titular family are faced with a slew of domestic crises. Burns, as is his wont, has written for himself the role of the "golden boy who can do no wrong," as he's referred to. Mom (
Then comes the reappearance of the father (
Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue. Primarily "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" can be enjoyed for the screen time afforded Gillette and Lauter, veteran performers with great faces and hardy character-actor pedigrees that go back to millions of childhoods (mine, certainly).