Uncle Nick

Are you in the mood for a creepy Christmas movie? Not murderous abortion creepy, worse: lecherous\incestuous\underage creepy.

Nick’s brother has recently become a trophy husband. His rich wife is hosting Christmas dinner for her 2 kids, her new and improved (and needless to say younger, and useless) husband and Nick the alcoholic brother (Brian Posehn) is invited, against everyone’s better instincts, as well as Nick’s sister and her podcasting husband: a real blended-family Christmas. Nick’s sole goal, besides soaking in gin, is to fuck his new niece. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Set in the dumpster fire that is Cleveland Ohio (sorry Cleveland, it’s only sort of personal: mv5bmtu3mza4ntuymv5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjy0otaznze-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_the last time I visited it was for massive surgery, which naturally didn’t leave me with a fond impression), the Christmas festivities are twinned with a retelling of 10-cent beer night at an Indians game back in 1974. That’s a real baseball game where the drunken fans rioted and mayhem and nudity and violence broke out and the game had to be forfeited and abandoned: not a “traditional” Christmas pairing. It can’t have looked right even on paper but in practice it’s downright untenable.

I suppose this was meant to be a raunchy comedy, only someone left out all the comedy. We never truly know any of the quirky characters either, or how any of them consented to spending the holiday in such an insufferable way.

I can’t think of a single nice thing to say about this movie, so instead I’ll dig deep and say something nice about Cleveland: while you’re there, you can visit the house used in exterior shots of a monumentally better holiday movie called A Christmas Story. Watch it. Watch it again. Even if it’s the 20th time you’ve seen it (even if it’s the 20th time this year!) it’ll still be a better experience than even 5 minutes with slimy Uncle Nick.

 

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11 thoughts on “Uncle Nick

  1. Christopher

    The sad thing is I’ve found Brian Posehn pretty funny in a weird often disturbing way—but his jokes are definitely the type that only work in standup where the visuals are left to the imagination.
    And watching A Christmas Story is an annual tradition. It’s the only thing that ever made my Uncle Henry laugh. He was the grimmest, most serious person ever. One year he sat down to watch A Christmas Story with me on TV and he laughed so hard it was frightening. Just the fact that he was laughing was frightening.
    Then a commercial would come on and he’d go back to his grim self and he’d yell at me, “THAT’S EXACTLY HOW IT WAS TOO!”

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    1. Jay Post author

      Hehe, I feel like watching you watch that movie would be better than watching Uncle Nick!
      Posehn didn’t write this movie but it was written with him specifically in mind, so I have a feeling you’re right about how he’s best appreciated.
      It’s also just hard to combine Christmas and raunchy and do it well.

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