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'Happy Christmas' trailer

Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham star in Joe Swanberg's new film

By Andrea Tim | Published: 22 May 2014

Video: Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Joe Swanberg recruits Anna Kendrick – who also starred in his 2013 film Drinking Buddies alongside Olivia Wilde – again in comedy drama Happy Christmas. Like Drinking Buddies, Joe wrote, produced, directed and acted in (phew!) Happy Christmas.

The plot is simple, but looks really charming, so we're not giving it a pass. Jenny (played by Anna), an irresponsible young woman who stirs things up in her married-with-a-kid brother Jeff's (played by Joe) normal, quiet life when she moves into his home.

Happy Christmas also stars Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham, and Mark Webber (no, not the F1 driver).

It's too early for a Christmas film; or you might say that it's too late for Christmas film, but either way, we don't really care. Christmas is every day, if we have any say in it.


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