As we say goodbye to autumn and Halloween-themed movies and shows, we enter the winter season, which means theaters are gearing up to release a slew of holiday-themed movies. Recently, the trailer for the movie Uncle Nick was released. And while it may have some Christmas carols and snow, it is definitely not your typical heartwarming holiday story. What’s interesting is that it’s Exec Produced by Errol Morris…yes, the same one who did the amazing documentaries The Thin Blue Line and Fog of War.
Much like 2003’s Bad Santa starring Billy Bob Thornton, Uncle Nick centers on a drunk, lewd and obnoxious middle-aged man who is thrown into the cookie cutter traditions that accompany the holiday season.
The movie is about Nick, who is invited to join his brother’s family for their annual Christmas get-together. While Nick doesn’t necessarily fit into with his brother’s conventional family, he decides to go to the party in hopes of scoring with a “super-hot” party guest.
Nick joins his equally off-putting sister, as they impose their crazy antics on their brother’s gathering. As the liquor begins making its rounds, the hilarity ensues, and unflattering family secrets are shared amongst the guests. Unfortunately, a bit too much is shared and disaster strikes, as Nick’s brother tries to keep his siblings under control.
Uncle Nick stars established comedian Brian Posehn as the lead holiday troublemaker, Nick. Brian has starred in numerous films and TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory, Bob’s Burgers, Reno 911, and had a reoccurring role as Brian Spukowski on The Sarah Silverman Program. The movie also stars Paget Brewster (Community, Grandfathered), Beau Ballinger, and well-known funny woman Missi Pyle (Gone Girl, Two and a Half Men and also The Sarah Silverman Program).
Chris Kasick, who is known for his role in numerous commercials shot by well-established director Errol Morris, directed the movie. However, Errol joined Chris on Uncle Nick, by taking on the role of executive producer. In addition, Mike Demski wrote the screenplay for the film (he has written for TV shows such as X-Play and Attack of the Show! in the past).
In the official green band trailer, audiences get their first glimpse at the one and only Uncle Nick. He is definitely an outspoken, in your face kind of guy, which is a big contrast to his brother’s sweater-vest wearing family. Jacob Houston, who plays Nick’s step-nephew, puts it into perspective when he describes his Uncle Nick to be like, “a weird homeless dude who kind of just wandered in here.”
Next, we see Nick trying to score some Vicodin from his sister-in-law, who works in pharmaceutical sales. However, she points out that just because she works with medicine, doesn’t mean she is qualified to prescribe/supply it. He proceeds to ask for Viagra for “buddy,” as he politely refers to his southern region. It becomes pretty evident that Nick’s sister-in-law didn’t know what she was in for when she married Cody (Nick’s brother).
Later in the teaser, Nick is seen “corrupting” his step-niece, who happens to be an attractive and rebellious teenage girl. Right away, it becomes obvious that the dinner guest that Nick is described to be trying to get with is actually his step-niece (played by Melia Renee).
Throughout the trailer, we get to see comedians Brian and Missi play off of one another. They bring their own humorous chemistry, as they both embody over-the top, embarrassing relatives.
The sneak peak ends with Uncle Nick proclaiming, “If I have to hear ‘Chestnuts’ one more time, I am going to roast my head in the open fire.”
Uncle Nick seems to have the potential and makings of another crude-humor holiday hit like Bad Santa. Luckily, it will be out a bit later than Seth Rogen’s latest holiday comedy The Night Before, which will probably win over most of the comedy seeking holiday crowds and potentially might outshine Uncle Nick based on star power.
Uncle Nick Movie Trailer