A Merry Friggin' Christmas

A Merry Friggin' Christmas is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Tristram Shapeero and written by Phil Johnston. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Candice Bergen and Robin Williams. The film was released by Phase 4 Films on November 7, 2014.[2]

A Merry Friggin' Christmas
A Merry Friggin' Christmas poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTristram Shapeero
Produced byAnthony Russo
Joe Russo

Tom Rice
Michael Flynn
Written byMichael Brown
StarringJoel McHale
Lauren Graham
Clark Duke
Oliver Platt
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Tim Heidecker
Candice Bergen
Robin Williams
Music byLudwig Göransson
CinematographyGiovani Lampassi
Edited byChristian Kinnard
Distributed byPhase 4 Films
Entertainment One Films
Release date
  • November 7, 2014
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States


Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.



Principal photography began in April 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.[3] Williams died on August 11, 2014, before the film was released.[4]


The film was released by Phase 4 Films on November 7, 2014.[2] It is the first film starring Robin Williams to be released posthumously, following the actor's death on August 11, 2014.


A Merry Friggin' Christmas received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 17%, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 3.1/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 26 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[6]


  1. ^ "Amazon.com: A Merry Friggin' Christmas [Blu-ray]: Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Clark Duke, Lauren Graham, Wendi McLendon-Covey: Movies & TV". Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Robin Williams Leaves Behind Four Movies Including 'Night at the Museum 3'". TheWrap. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "'A Friggin' Christmas Miracle', starring Lauren Graham & Robin Williams, filming in Atlanta". onlocationvacations.com. April 10, 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  4. ^ ""Watch: Robin Williams in 'A Merry Friggin' Christmas' Clip"". August 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Merry Friggin' Christmas". Rotten Tomatoes. November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "A Merry Friggin' Christmas Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 8, 2014.

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