Decking the Halls with the It's Always Sunny Gang

By Conor Griff

Nov 18, 2009

The holiday season is upon us, and with it come many traditions: spending time with family, gift-giving, and throwing rocks at trains. Well that last one really only applies to Mac and Charlie, as we learn in A Very Sunny Christmas, the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia DVD special released yesterday.

In the 43-minute, DVD-only Christmas special, Mac and Charlie are excited to engage in their annual ritual of waiting until the last minute to decorate, getting blackout drunk, and then waking up on Christmas morning to, that's right, throw rocks at trains (which is not advisable despite looking really fun). Their holiday revelry is ruined, however, when they realize that the childhood Christmases they remember weren't exactly akin to how other people celebrate. Let's just say they involved a lot more larceny and prostitution than what is considered normal for Christmas. Or childhood.

Meanwhile, Dennis and Dee are tired of Frank's holiday tradition of buying himself the presents his former son and daughter ask for. When Frank buys himself a Lamborghini and an expensive handbag, Dennis and Dee enlist Eugene—Frank's former business partner—for revenge. However, Eugene has annoyingly found God and would rather evangelize Frank than take any revenge.

Everything devolves into insanity, as Sunny plots tend to do, with the highlight being Frank's Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer-style claymation hallucination. Despite kind of just coming to an end, A Very Sunny Christmas is hilarious, and fans of the show will love it. That said, while some of the very few extras on the DVD—especially the deleted scenes with young Mac and young Charlie—are worth watching, the overall package seems a little slight for its almost-$20 price tag. Which means the best plan is to wait until your neighbor gets a copy and then steal it. It's how Mac's family would want you to spend the holidays.

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  • muggle421 Nov 29, 2009

    I can't wait to watch this!

  • VenomRitual Nov 19, 2009

    i've only seen about 15 episodes scattered form the 2nd,3rd, and 5th season on hulu but i love theo show now and once school break starts im starting my netflix subscription and catching up on the show.

  • G_23 Nov 19, 2009

    I absolutely loved this Christmas special! Everyone keeps on talking about Frank's couch scene but I personally think Charlie's scene at the mall with Santa was the best! I very highly recommend watching this special especially if you watch the show on TV.