Father Christmas Is Back

Father Christmas Is Back

Four sisters – Caroline, Joanna, Paulina, and Vicky – reunite for the Christmas Holiday in a Yorkshire mansion. However, their estranged father, James, joins in for the first time since he left the family behind decades prior. The group attempts to get through the holiday despite comedic misunderstandings, while also uncovering the long-buried secret that tore their family apart, so many years ago.

  • Released: 2021-11-07
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Stars: Nathalie Cox, Talulah Riley, Elizabeth Hurley, Kelsey Grammer, John Cleese, Caroline Quentin, April Bowlby, Kris Marshall, Ray Fearon, Katy Brand, Ania Marson, Naomi Frederick, Amelie Prescott, Janie Booth, Bryan Samson
  • Director: Philippe Martinez, Mick Davis
  • goshamorrell - 27 December 2022
    Funny Netflix film
    They are an exciting mix of characters, each one is quirky in their own way, but each of them has their baggage revealed as the movie progresses. The film also features a variety of other characters, including some old friends, some holiday shoppers at the market, a few strangers on the street, along the father, who returns after a hiatus. The director is known to create unconventional, intelligent and funny films. This is true for Father Christmas Is Back too. It's chaotic and charming at the same time. These four women have distinct personalities that are played well by each actress. Everyone shines as they display their dry wit throughout the film. All in all, it was a great ensemble cast that delivered laughs throughout the movie despite the dark undertones that were hinted at now and then. The movie is well cast, and the performances are all excellent. It's an entertaining film that feels like something we've seen before, but it has got charm and warmth in spades. The film has been well received - it won't blow you away, but Father Christmas Is Back is worth watching this holiday season. Father Christmas Is Back feels like it wants to be a Family Stone/Love the Coopers style big holiday melodramedy. It ends up feeling more like your least favorite Love, Actually plot filtered through the last half hour of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation-y'know, when a cat gets electrocuted and Clark tries to bash a squirrel's brains in. The Christmases cannot miss the annual Christmas fair in Howden, and-this being a UK Christmas comedy-you bet there's a Nativity play. Father Christmas Is Back truly captures the feeling of spending the holidays with a bunch of family members who can't stop bickering, where damning things are said that can't be taken back, and where every well-intentioned plan gets ripped to shreds. That probably doesn't sound like a holiday you want to experience or dwell on, and it's probably not one you'd want to spend two hours of your holiday time watching on Netflix.
  • Sarah423 - 16 November 2022
    Average Holiday Fare
    For me, this is a Christmas "background" movie--not a recommend, but not horrible enough to wreck.

    The main problem is that I don't like these people. They are tense and pretentious.

    Chemistry is totally lacking between the cast.

    Further, their problems seem ridiculous, and therefore don't really build any tension for the movie's plot.


    On the other hand, there are a lot of the typical holiday tropes scattered through. And the scenery is pretty.

    It's a lovely castle and panoramic grounds, lots of pretty woodwork and architecture.

    So, well, "background" it is.

    Turn it on. Wrap presents. Glance over now and again.

    It's not painful. It will do.

    And they tried.
  • koltonbrett - 25 December 2021
    This Father Won't Be Back
    What we have here is a simple British comedy about a dysfunctional family who struggle to get along during their family Christmas gathering. I would describe the comedy as silly and naughty. For most of the movie, it is slow going. It took too long for things to get interesting. The characters are very flawed and hard to like for much of it. The sentimental, sweet moments at the end are not worth the time it takes to get that far. If you enjoy cheesy reality tv drama, you may enjoy what this movie offers.
  • ShanklinPJB - 21 December 2021
    Very poor
    Had high hopes as I saw some big names in the cast but was very disappointed. Massive overacting by all. Thoroughly unlikeable characters and basically very little in the way of funny moments. Supposed to be a Christmas movie but outside shots show green leaves on the trees. I'd have been embarrassed to have my name associated with the film.