CF D: Warren P. Sonoda w/ Jason Jones, Samantha Bee. Canada. 95 min. Sep 7, 8:15 pm Varsity 8; Sep 10, 2:45 pm AMC 2; Sep 12, 6 pm AMC 6. Rating: NNNN
The people who brought you the very sharp (if little-seen) mockumentary Ham & Cheese return with a painfully accurate study of a dysfunctional family's meltdown on Christmas Day, captured forever on glorious VHS. And it's 1985, so the attendant fashions and hair styles are almost as tragic as the characters.
The titular camcorder is a shabby present from hapless Dad Gord (Jones, who wrote the script with co-star Mike Beaver) to his uncomfortably pregnant wife, Nancy (Bee), and deeply broken kids (Nick McKinlay and Dylan Everett). As friends and relations arrive to drink themselves into confessional rages, all manner of family secrets start spilling out, turning the movie into a Mississauga version of The Celebration. But even that film didn't have a cameo from Dave Foley's penis.