Holiday movies about dysfunctional families are reassuring because their batty characters make our own relatives look harmless by comparison; this seasonal comedy delivers those tidings of comfort if not always joy. A recently widowed patriarch (Danny Glover) hosts his fractious clan for a Christmas celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, where high temperatures collide with the arctic tension between his sniping daughters (Kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union). Their conflict drives the narrative but also generates the most cliches; more fun are the scenes with Mo’Nique as their bossy aunt and child actor Alkoya Brunson as the unwilling victim of her culinary experiments. As you might expect, Christmas dinner goes thermonuclear, thanks mainly to the shenanigans of J.B. Smoove as a philandering husband. David E. Talbert directed.