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'A Merry Friggin' Christmas' includes Robin Williams shtick
'A Merry Friggin' Christmas' includes Robin Williams shtick

Despite its brash title and eccentric bent, "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" is, at heart, a pretty traditional holiday picture. At less than 75 minutes (plus end credits), this flatly shot film plays as if much of its connective tissue was jettisoned to minimize the damage. Still, what remains is mostly enjoyable if familiar stuff sporting a limber ensemble cast. Joel McHale stars as Boyd Mitchler, a hedge-fund manager living in Chicago with his affable wife, Luann (Lauren Graham), and two kids. When Boyd must return to his Wisconsin hometown on Christmas Eve at the request of his loopy younger brother (Clark Duke), he's thrown back in with the scrappy, dysfunctional...

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