Love, Actually is a good one too, and that is probably the closest template to the latest holiday offering Love The Coopers , which revolves around the traditional Christmas Eve dinner of an extended family but tells the stories in a segmented-type form. Set in snowy Pittsburgh, the film stars Diane Keaton and John Goodman as a long-married couple who hold their Christmas Eve family dinner but have not yet revealed to the family that they plan to separate. Alan Arkin is the family patriarch who is upset his favorite waitress at the local hangout (Amanda Seyfried) is leaving.
- The film written by Steven Rogers and directed by Jessie Nelson weaves from comedy to drama with ease, thanks to Nelson’s nice balancing act putting this all together.
- Ed Helms and Olivia Wilde are Keaton and Goodman’s grown kids, but Helms is out of work and Wilde feels she is unloved; most of her role is played in the airport where she meets cute with an Army guy (Jake Lacy) on leave.
- June Squibb adds some laughs as the dotty aunt, and then there is Bolt, who plays Rags, the family dog — he has secrets of his own.