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Robin Williams sadly passed away this past week, and while we've spent a lot of time looking back on his long career in the film industry, the truth is that we haven't actually seen his full body of work yet. While he didn't leave behind any incomplete films, there are still three movies that Williams finished shooting but haven't made their way to theaters yet. One of those titles is the upcoming holiday comedy Merry Friggin Christmas, which, as you can see above, just released its first clip.
Directed by Tristram Shapeero (perhaps best known for his work on the series Community), Merry Friggin Christmas stars Joel McHale as Boyd Mitchler, a family man grumpy that he has to spend the holiday with his estranged family, most notably his dad Mitch (Robin Williams). When Boyd realizes that he has forgotten his son's presents at home, he goes on a eight-hour round trip road trip with his father to try and collect the gifts and make it back in time to put them under the tree Christmas morning. In the scene above, which was posted by Entertainment Tonight, Williams shares a scene with Pierce Gagnon's character, credited as Douglas. While I'm not entirely sure, I wouldn't be too shocked if he is Boyd's son (his mother, Luann, played by Lauren Graham).
It's pretty obvious that this clip is being released now as a means of taking advantage of Williams' passing, but I wish it did a better job of selling the film. This is a pretty boiler-plate gag, and in addition to all of the talented actors mentioned above, the film also stars Oliver Platt, Clark Duke, Matt Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeffrey Tambor. Basically, I wish we were seeing a trailer now instead of just a 40 second clip, but perhaps the marketing team behind the film just didn't have time to put one together. It may be a while until we get a full-fledged look at the feature - November is still far away - but hopefully the next one will be better.
With its November date, A Merry Friggin Christmas will be the first of the final three Robin Williams performances to hit the big screen. In December we will see the legendary comedian once again play President Theodore Roosevelt in A Night At The Museum: Secret of The Tomb. After that, at an unspecified date, we will get to hear Williams' voice performance in the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, which is being made by the members of Monty Python, but isn't a Monty Python film. In the feature, Williams will be voicing a talking dog named Dennis, who presumably speaks to the lead character - a teacher who somehow winds up with magic powers. We'll have more on all three projects as they find their way to theaters.