Like one of Chevy Chase’s Vacation flicks, the bulk of the laughs here are refreshingly retro. And thanks to director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) who’s great with comedic set-ups and Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love) who penned the script, there’s also some genuinely heart-warming moments that won’t incite your gag reflux—just in time for Christmas.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking. In one scene, Joyce has a bit too much to drink.
  • Language/Profanity: A handful of uses of sh--, one “f” word, the occasional use of God’s name in vain.
  • Sex/Nudity: None, but there is a bit of discussion about Andrew’s genitalia. One scene takes place in a gentleman’s club in Nashville (there are pole dancers briefly shown in the background). Andrew turns down one girl’s offer for a “private dance.” The book that Andy and Joyce are listening to in the car, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, has a bit of risqué dialogue that makes Andy uncomfortable since he’s in the car with his Mom. While checking into a hotel, there are a couple of jokes about Andy and his mom “being together.”
  • Violence: Only of a comedic variety

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

Publication date: December 19, 2012