Last week I turned down the opportunity to attend the press junket for Les Mis and interview the celebrities. I hated the play when I saw it in high school and was desperate to leave before intermission. I was ecstatic when The Mom’s invited me to the Mamarazzi screening of The Fitzgerald Family Christmas which Ed Burns will be attending. I have had such a crush on Ed since She’s The One. I didn’t care how bad my morning sickness was. There was no way I’m missing this lunch date with Ed Burns!
Burns’ eleventh film, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, about a tribe of adult siblings debating whether or not to include their dying dad who abandoned them all some 20 years ago in their holiday celebration, is promised in press materials as a return to “the Irish-Catholic/working class milieu” of The Brothers McMullen and She’s the One.
Wearing all three hats as writer, director and actor, Burns presents a holiday story of a divided dysfunctional family. In other words, a story all his viewers can relate to in some way, shape or form. It is truly family dysfunction at its best.
if you are looking for a light, fun, upbeat, jolly and merry holiday flick, this is not for you. It’s very real and emotional (exceptional for a hormonal pregnant woman) The characters are all so well-developed and very likeable. And speaking of real, Ed could not have been any nicer or more down to earth in person. He happily agreed to take individual photos with each blogger who attended the screening.
A treat for Ed burns fans in the film is wedding footage of his real parents! I had to ask him if his wife, supermodel Christy Turlington, would ever appear in one of his films. He said, “On our second date, I had to promise Christy that I wouldn’t put her in any films.”
Ed, who went to school to be a novelist, said that writing, which is the one part of the film making process that isn’t collaborative, is his favorite. He does like to work with his friends, hence why we see so many familiar actors’ faces in his movies. His favorite holiday film is It’s A wonderful Life. When writing this film, he decided Christmas was a wonderful way to get seven adults under one roof together. For Christmas, let’s put aside the bullsh-t and celebrate each other.
After seeing this movie about seven siblings and such strong, fierce family dynamics, I am so happy to be giving Ian a sibling. Something for everyone to look forward to is Ed is about to begin working on The Brothers McMullen 20th reunion sequel. (Crazy that it’s been almost 20 years! Boy does that make me feel old!)
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is currently On Demand and is opening in select cities December 7th. The running time is 103 minutes. For more information, please visit the film’s website.
Disclaimer: I did attend a complimentary screening of the film, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.