Yes, I realize how silly it is to review the Always Sunny Christmas episode, which was released on DVD last year. But for those of us who couldn't afford, or were too cheap to pay the near $30 retail price of the two episode DVD, this was our first chance to view.
So I'm going to keep the relatively review short because most Always Sunny fans have had a chance to watch the DVD and weigh in with their opinions throughout the web. So here's my take on the two part Christmas special.
So yes, this has been the only time I have seen the episode and can only comment on the edited version. I missed out on cursing. I possibly missed out any more naked Frank that my poor eyes were submitted to during the screener I received. I really hope for your guys' sake the unedited version did not include full frontal.
The gang was basically divided in two throughout the first part and most of the second half for the two stories. Mac and Charlie were exploring their childhood memories of the holiday, while Dennis and Dee seeked revenge on Frank for ruining theirs.
While it's clear that Dennis and Dee's adventure was the A story, dominating more of the screen time, Mac and Charlie had us laughing more. We always knew Charlie's mother was a bit of a whore, but really? Santas running a train on her? An elf? Or at least what glue-sniffing Charlie remembered as an elf. Too funny.
Mac's fond memories of his father's holiday tradition was also equally disturbing from a childhood scarring position, but not nearly as funny. You can definitely view these flashbacks as a little insight into what makes these guys as messed up as they are.
All grown up, Mac and Charlie were equally entertaining to watch them harassing poor Rick as they tried to "fix him" or Charlie biting Santa in the neck.
Meanwhile, Dennis and Dee's attempt to give Frank the old Dickens' A Christmas Carol was definitely very entertaining, but not nearly as many laugh-out-loud moments. There were definitely at least some great Always Sunny quotes like Frank wanting to be thrown in the trash when he dies, but the story served more as the emotional core of the episode.
It was sweet to see Frank turn around and surprise his kids by decorating Paddy's with the Christmas decorations. But, of course, things had to end in Always Sunny fashion as the gang lost everything.
Fun fact from the special? Learning how Frank made his millions. Running a real estate office where he screwed over his business partner and stole millions? Never saw that one coming.
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