So were they trying to make a Christmas turkey?? Proving that the Christmas story has limited parameters?? I don't know. I mean I know it bombed, but I'm not sure. A lot of this is funny and a lot more of it appears to be tongue-in-cheek. Just look at the cast involved, so many great actors. Some of the 'dramatic' scenes are so humorous they must have been playing us. At the end of the day people, it's a time for fun, family and kids. So run with, I love it!!
I don't think they ever really explained why Elizabeth Banks was hanging around in that sexy Xmas number, and I really don't think they needed to.