Coopers' Christmas


Using a professional grade video camera, a dysfunctional family records their Christmas Day in 1985, which descends into total chaos.

BOOS! & WHOOP-DOOS!: The Search for a New Christmas Classic Part II

Christmas should only come once every two years. It would make the season more exciting. And it sure would save on gas, electricity, food, and the general good spirits of all involved. That's a Scrooge-mentality, sure. But don't worry. It's easy to shake as soon as that first yuletide special hits the airwaves seconds after Thanksgiving dinner is consumed. Then comes the hunt for a Christmas tree, the outdoor festival of lights, gift competition, and a hatred for all things 'relative'. I wanted to abandoned Christmas this year. I shot at the idea with a pellet gun for about five seconds. Before I could penetrate plastic, and puncture a hole worthy of a gulp of beer, I was back in the shed, pulling out that white plastic tree, along with the festive donkey ears, the mistletoe, and a trash can full of ornamental memories not fit for the faint of heart.

Heading back into the storage unit of my youth also had me revisiting the wintertime DVD box. Twelve months ago I was broke and none-too-eager to spend 18 bucks on Robert Zemeckis' gut-green and awful Disney's a Christmas Carol. In Disney 3D and IMAX, no less. Though I did, and I hated it with every ounce of my Ebenezer being. I refused to return to the multiplex for the rest of November and all of December. After sifting through that soulless experience, I instead decided to rely on my DVR for unexpected holiday fare. Which you can read about Now, as last year's Christmas theatricals begin to hit store shelves, I truly understand that Hollywood really isn't interested in making good, solid snow-themed entertainment anymore.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Foley Talks ‘Cooper's Christmas’

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday movie-watching season. If you're tired of looking at A Christmas Story, Elf, or Christmas Vacation for the millionth time, director Warren P. Sonoda has created the perfect alternative with Coopers' Christmas, a hilariously off-kilter holiday comedy that is now available on DVD. Written by The Daily Show's Jason Jones and Mike Beaver, this harrowing true-life fairy tale follows Gord Cooper as he captures his family's Christmas day festivities with a VHS camcorder he accepts in lieu of a $2000 debt way back in good ol' 1985. It's a strange, wonderful, and very wrong trip back in time that will please those looking for something a little different this year. Since its 2009 theatrical release in Canada, it has become a true yuletide cult classic.

Iconic funnyman Dave Foley guest stars in the movie as Bill Davidson, the amorous opportunist who bestows the gift of VHS moviemaking on Gord and his brood. We recently caught up with Dave in Toronto, where he is currently working on another Warren P. Sonoda comedy titled Servitude. We chatted about Coopers' Christmas, his want and need to be naked in front of an audience, his love for Jason Jones and Mike Beaver, and his recent appearance on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jason Jones Talks ‘Coopers' Christmas’

A big hit in Canada, the shamefully outrageous holiday mockumentary Coopers' Christmas finally arrives in the States on DVD November 16th. Set on December 25th, 1985, this yuletide tale tells the story of Gord Cooper and his brood as they slug through one of the worst Christmases ever caught on VHS tape. A mash-up of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Cloverfield, director Warren P. Sonoda has perfectly captured this bygone era with loving detail in what is surely the funniest found footage of the season.

Destined to become another go-to yuletide classic in the tradition of A Christmas Story, Die Hard, and Gremlins, you better make room on your Christmas shelf for this truly hilarious look at family dysfunction. Co-written and starring Jason Jones of The Daily Show, Coopers' Christmas has a blacker heart than the The Grinch, more laughs than Elf, and an off-sweetness that never out-smarms the grotesqueries on display.

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