Sundance red carpet photos, review: ‘Happy Christmas’ with Anna Kendrick

First Published Jan 21 2014 12:12PM      Last Updated Jan 21 2014 12:12 pm

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Anna Kendrick is interviewed before the screening of "Happy Christmas" at the Sundance Film Festival premiere at the Library Center, in Park City, Sunday, Jan. 19 January 19, 2014.

"Happy Christmas" (U.S. Dramatic)


The prolific director Joe Swanberg and his improv-ready cast conjure up an engaging comedy about women probing their identity in "Happy Christmas."

Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and Jeff (played by Swanberg), married with a two-year-old (Swanberg’s scene-stealing son Jude), welcome Jeff’s screw-up sister Jenny (Anna Kendrick) to their Chicago home for Christmas. Jenny’s a mess, prone to binge-drinking and just over a break-up, but she’s also a creative spark that Kelly, a novelist stuck in her stay-at-home mom status, needs to get going.

The byplay between Lynskey and Kendrick, with a boost from Lena Dunham as Jenny’s best friend, opens up funny and emotionally authentic conversations about the perils of women "having it all."





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