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This article is about the 2007 film. For other uses of This Christmas, see the disambig page.

This Christmas is a 2007 comedy-drama film written & directed by Preston A. Whitmore II. It stars Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown, Columbus Short, Regina King, Sharon Leal, Lauren London, Jessica Stroup and Keith Robinson.

Summary

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This is the story of a solidly middle-class African-American family that reunites for Christmas for the first time in several years. Ma'dere is the Matriarch who's Los Angeles home is where the vast majority of the story takes place. As with any family gathering there are topics that are best not discussed. When they are discussed here they end up in fights -verbal or physical (an excellent sister-on sister catfight stands out here). One sister is encouraging the siblings to sell the family dry cleaning business and split the profits. One brother is running from loan sharks. One brother is AWOL from the Marine Corps and one sister has brought along the man she's dating at a historically black college. Despite what the trailers and TV commercials may lead you to think this is not a warm syrupy comedy. There are dramatic moments, violence and course language. It is however very much a slice-of-life that not enough Hollywood features present. This family, warts and all, is definitely not a Hollywood feel-good film with blackfaces. It is authentic in it's portrayal of themes facing African-Americans in particular, but Americans in general.

Songs

Title(s) Performed by
"O' Tannenbaum" The Unified Jazz Ensemble
"Santa Baby" Lina
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Dion
"Deck the Halls"
("Smart Like You" version)
"Joy to the World"
  • "Kitchen Degree" version
  • "Kool Aid" version
"O' Tannenbaum"
("Got a Name Holmes" version)
Selections from The Pursuit of Happyness:
  • "Opening"
  • "Welcome Chris/Rubik's Cube-Apartment"
Andrea Guerra (composer)
Oscar Peterson
"Get Down on It" Kool & The Gang
"Merry Christmas Baby" Charles Brown
"He Christmas Song"
"Go Getta" Jeezy feat. R. Kelly
Blue Magic (Sample of "Born on Halloween")
"I Proceed" Ciara
"Try a Little Tenderness" Chris Brown
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  • O. Peterson
  • The Ramsey Lewis Trio
"Sleigh Ride"
  • The Ronettes
  • TLC
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" O. Peterson
"Please Come Home for Christmas" Aaron Neville
"White Christmas"
"Jingle Bells" ('Girlfight' Version)
"Jolly Holly (Deck the Halls)" Mike Strickland
"Never Loved a Man (The Way That I Love You)" Aretha Franklin
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Me" Stevie Wonder
"Powell's Return" (from K-PAX) Edward Shearmur
"Wifey"
"Silent Night" Aaron Neville
"Moody's Mood for Love" Quincy Jones feat. Brian McKnight, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6 and James Moody
"O Holy Night" Denetria Champ
"This Christmas" Chris Brown
Donald Barrett (Drums)
"Got to Give It Up" Marvin Gaye
"Jingle Bells" (uncredited)
"O Christmas Tree"

Home video releases

Cast

Actor/actress Character
Delroy Lindo Joseph Black
Idris Elba Quentin Whitfield
Loretta Devine Ma'Dere Whitfield
Chris Brown Michael 'Baby' Whitfield
Keith Robinson Devean Brooks
Laz Alonso Malcolm Moore
Columbus Short Claude Whitfield
Sharon Leal Kelli Whitfield
Lauren London Melanie 'Mel' Whitfield
Lupe Ontiveros Rosie
Jessica Stroup Sandi
Mekhi Phifer Gerald
Regina King Lisa Moore
David Banner Mo
Ricky Harris Cousin Fred
Ronnie Warner Dude
Haskell Anderson III Reverend Caldwell
Ambrosia Kelley Tori
Javion Francis Keshon
Amy Hunter Karen
Stacy Meadows Jr Troy
Brandon Fobbs Raynard
Mark Craig Officer #1
Aviva June Tree Lot Attendant
Nicholas Harvell Clerk
Brandon Jackson El Rey MC
Shelina Wade Jazz Songstress
Denetria Champ Gospel Singer
Garry Guerrier M.P.
Mirtha Michelle Bartender
Uncredited
Don Abernathy Churchgoer
Imia Edwards Club Girl
Pegah Sahebi Clubgoer
Tatiana Varria Singer

External links

Sony Pictures
Movies
Columbia Pictures Christmas with the KranksThe HolidayArthur ChristmasPaul Blart: Mall CopThe Night BeforeThe Star
Screen Gems This Christmas
Direct-to-Video Buster & Chauncey's Silent NightThe Nuttiest NutcrackerThe Swan Princess Christmas