With The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
So little action takes place that really, the setting could just be adjoining couches, with characters shouting affectionate quips and insults at each other.Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 12.06.2012
An unpretentiously ingratiating dramedy about members of an Irish-American clan drawn together, whether they want to be or not, for a yuletide celebration.Joe Leydon, Variety, 12.03.2012
Manages the considerable feat of interweaving the personal dramas of nine members of a boisterous Irish-American clan into a coherent mosaic with a streamlined narrative drive.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 12.06.2012
A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 12.10.2012