The film opens with the cast gathering after the funeral of Jude to see a film he had been working on for two years. It turns out that the film is secret videos of all those gathered ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
A group of friends gather for a wake, and are shown a video shot by Jude (Jude Law) and starring them before he dies. Things go rapidly downhill.
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Robby R (es) wrote: When it comes to long, slow-paced, spare films, this one is int he top echelon. The hazy, langorous, narrative is indeed trying, despite some arresting images; and ultimately I have to admit that maybe this film is outside my level of astuteness.
Annetta K (de) wrote: If you weren't prepared before watching the film it will come as a surprise to see Danny De Vito pop up in an Italian speaking film surrounded by Italian actors. Even more surprising is his dialogue, which has been dubbed over into Italian. His character is hilarious like in the Dinner Game (French language), only in Christmas in Love he knows he is the butt of everyone's jokes and actively participates and cleverly turns the put downs round on his so called girlfriend's dad. Ron Moss (Ridge on Bold and the Beautiful), playing himself, is also one of the ensemble cast - it's all really fun, silliness and sexy shenanigans. I liked the divorced plastic surgery couple the best. -------------- Christmas in Love Producer Aurelio De Laurentiis Italian Film Festival Oct 2007 Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand Seen by me on Sun 14 October 2007
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Toucan C (fr) wrote: I love the realism of this film. It's pretty much the first teen film I've seen where the teens look like teens and act like teens. The romance is brilliantly written and acted, keeping me enthralled throughout. Yes, it gets a bit cheesy at the end. But cheese can be done well, and I like a bit of good cheese.Now I want some chocolate milk!
Jason S (ca) wrote: so bad that you have to see it to believe it.
Mark P (br) wrote: A strange and interesting British film. Another that affects the subconscious more than anything. A film about a mystery but is more a sombre moody character film.
Barry H (us) wrote: Loved it as a boy, still love it now. A classic.
Collier W (nl) wrote: The sting of the switch and the cold water bring a heavy-browed aspect to the moments of humor and grace. Textured and richly felt.
Catherine S (it) wrote: I should note before I begin this review that I'm not a huge watcher of horror movies. Generally speaking most horror movies don't suit my taste and I need to be in a certain mood to watch them. Because of this while I'm aware of some of the genre's tropes and repeated cliches, I'm not exactly versed in them.That being said it doesn't take a horror movie aficienado to understand that "The Gallows" is shamefully unoriginal and generic, with unlikable and forgettable characters, and misuses any potentially cool ideas it might've had by rehashing various tropes of both the horror movie and "found footage" genre.I will be talking about spoilers ahead so if you want my opinion, don't bother with this movie. Admittedly I'm not feeling any sort of shame by spoiling this movie so I really don't know why I'm warning anyone about spoilers. In 1993, tragedy strikes when a student dies during a high school production of a student play (also titled "The Gallows"), after a prop noose and gallows fail and the student is accidentally hung. 20 years later the school is putting on the production again, despite numerous reports of ghostly activity and strange occurences surrounding the drama department (doesn't anyone in horror movies ever question how stupid it is to go ahead and run a production of a play where a student died? If not just because it's tasteless, but because running the play on the anniversary of a student's death only asks for bad news?)The first half of the film takes place mainly from the perspective of student Ryan's hand-held camera, and for my first criticism of the film I have to say that Ryan is a horribly unlikable character. For the first third of the film all his dialogue is composed of him snarkily making comments at various things he sees or basically being a jerk. While the other three kids are either disposable (aka Cassidy, his generic, blonde, dumb cheerleader of a girlfriend who is quickly axed off with no one really caring) or just boring (Reese and Pfeiffer, our two sympathetic protagonists), Ryan is obnoxious and leaves you begging for his death. Luckily, the film axes him off first after he violates Horror Movie Law #1: Never taunt the ghost that's chasing you. And the audience rejoices.The film follows our four protagonists as they're chased by the ghost of Charlie, the kid who was hung in the 1993 production of "The Gallows". Why is he chasing them? Because our "heroes" were morons who tried to destroy the set. Our heroes, everyone. Speaking of Charlie, as an antagonist he fails to create any sort of emotion within his audience, whether by frightening them or by rousing sympathy. Charlie never has a personality set for him by the film (all we see of non-ghost Charlie is a quick videotape of him before the ill-fated production and we don't get any idea of his character) so you can't feel bad for the guy. As a villain, his motive is weak (why doesn't he go after the set designer who created the faulty gallows?) and his presence is just not scary. Part of the blame could be shifted to how often they show Charlie, which destroys any tension and potential doubt as to who is chasing the kids, and only shows how silly Charlie looks.If I could give some credit to the film, the setting is a pretty awesome idea. I remember working as part of stage crew back in high school and finding the deserted hallways rather creepy, especially late at night. Given a competant director and cinematographer this film could've had at least a decent atmosphere and could've been an interesting location for a horror film. Of course, the people behind "The Gallows" do nothing with its location and give us predictable jump scares and characters acting stupid (i.e. running off on their own, taunting the antagonist, running onto high ledges when they know the villain kills with a noose, etc.)However, my biggest grievance with this film is its ending, and how it botched up everything by not quitting while it was ahead. Near the end the film hits a point where Reese and Pfeiffer are on stage (in the same positions their characters were in the rehearsal earlier in the movie) and they slowly come to the realization that they need to enact the ending of "The Gallows" to appease Charlie's spirit. Reese sacrifices himself by being hung by Charlie's ghost, and Pfeiffer eerily turns to face the audience (not us, the seats) and bows with Charlie, as a lone audience member is heard clapping. Had the film ended here, I could've given props to the film for ending on an unexpected yet somber note.Of course they couldn't do that. Instead the film ends on a boo scare after revealling some incredibly confusing and stupid information in a bizarre twist: Pfeiffer is the daughter of Charlie and his girlfriend. Which would have made Pfeiffer at least 20 years old. In high school. She's the super-super-super-super-senior. Also for whatever reason Charlie's ghost is not at rest. It's sequel bait for a film which I hope never receives a sequel.My overall recommendation is do not watch this film, not even out of morbid curiousity. Clocking in at two hours long this film is a snooze-fest at best and insulting at worst. Save your time and look for something better. And to Hollywood, I have one message: Please stop making found footage films. Invest your time and money into something with more of an identity and more of an idea. Quit before you allow another film like "The Gallows" to be released to the public. It'll be less embarassing for everyone.