T’was The Chaos Before Christmas

Release Date:  12/7/19; BET & BET Her
Genre:   Holiday/Family
Rating:  NR
Director:  Terri J. Vaughn
Studio(s):   May 3rd Films, Octet Productions
Running Time:  83 mins
Cast:   Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Jayla Mitchell), Sherri Shepherd (Valerie Russell), Affion Crockett (Ed Russell), Victoria Rowell (Hazel Mitchell), Malachi Malik (Morgan Mitchell).

Story:   When polar opposite families book the same vacation home for the Christmas holiday, chaos and confusion ensue as they both attempt to celebrate the holiday in their own way under the same roof.  Morgan and Jayla Mitchell are an affluent family from New York City. In an effort to keep the family together over the Christmas holidays, they decide to rent a luxurious home in Washington, DC. Morgan’s mother can easily join the Mitchells and their teenaged daughter, Raven to celebrate Christmas there. Val and Ed Russell are a working-class family and parents to teenagers Deshawn and Destiny Russell from Walkertown, North Carolina.

When Val hits the lottery, she chooses to spend her winnings on a luxurious rental in Washington, DC over the Christmas holidays. That way, they can spend time doing free tourist activities and celebrate Christmas with Ed’s sister Shanice, a Howard University student who can’t afford to go home for the holidays. In the perfect storm, Jayla and Val, one unbeknownst to the other, book the same holiday rental on different websites, but over the same period of time. When the families all arrive at the same property, chaos erupts. The two families cannot be more different. With the holidays in full swing, the families are stuck trying to figure out how to celebrate their Christmas holidays in their respective manners without losing it.  Source:  Blackfilm.com.


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