Family Ornaments (2023) Movie Script

The cake is delicious.
You ate my cake?
No, that's just what
I hear people saying.
I still can't believe how
big the kids are getting.
Dad really dotes on them.
You know, I was thinking
with Christmas coming up,
Dad could probably use
a change of scenery.
Maybe spend it with me this year.
Halfway across the world? In Japan?
No, no, no.
Christmas in this big
old house without mom.
It'd be good for him.
Home with his family is exactly
where he needs to be on Christmas.
You know, some of us have
fond memories in this house.
Yeah. They're all
picture perfect, I'm sure.
I don't think this is the time or place,
but the would've could've
should've speech.
Reminiscence and dismiss.
You know what?
Girls, I'm
so sorry for your loss.
Thank you.
Dad's not much of a traveler, Shannon.
He doesn't share your sense of wanderlust.
He's content being a homebody like me.
Look around, Meredith.
Things change.
Honey, have you tried
Shannon's chocolate cake?
It's, it's incredible.
This is the Christmas store.
According to the map.
Oh, hush. It's got great reviews.
For what? Dumping bodies.
Okay. Who's coming?
No one wants to help me pick out
this year's family Christmas keepsake?
I'm cool with whatever you want.
It's not what I want.
We're family. It's what we want.
Yeah, right. We.
How about you put down that
phone and join this family.
Why don't you send us pictures?
You do tend to dismiss our
suggestions in a very nice way.
How about considering letting
someone else pick out this
Like last year's mitten ornament?
It was a limited edition on sale.
How are we mittens people?
We live in a desert.
I'll pick out the ornament.
Rotating who picks the ornament,
that's a good idea, right?
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
We are not breaking Grandma's tradition.
Like she'd even know.
This is what I'm talking about.
Be nice to your mom.
Wow. Okay, that is a
perfect color there, Meredith.
(Trickster speaking foreign language.
Uh, excuse me.
Ah, the English.
I said, you have exquisite taste.
You're quite the salesperson.
Proprietor since 1840.
It's been in the family since 1840.
Oh, that is amazing.
How come I've never heard
of this place before?
We're a traveling emporium.
Oh, a pop-up store.
If you like.
We circumnavigate the
globe offering our wares
to those in holiday yearning.
And you chose to set up shop here.
We serve all manner of class
from kings to paupers alike.
Even the bourgeoisie.
Perhaps if you were to inform
me as to what you desire,
I may have what you truly need.
Window shopping. Thank you.
We have all manner of
keepsakes and forsakes.
What harm could come?
You're not gonna let up are you?
Indulge me.
What do I want?
What do I want?
I want what every parent wants.
A picture perfect holiday.
No stress. Everything
effortlessly falls into place.
The whole family getting
along and wearing silly smiles
while appreciating all
of the hard work I do
to make Christmas merry.
You got that hanging around?
There's one.
I was gonna call it.
Too slow.
What's the, uh, big idea?
You shouldn't be up there.
And you shouldn't be
parenting your father.
House rules.
Well technically I'm
visiting, not living here,
so I don't think they apply.
We're here to visit Grandpa,
not be on our phones.
Hey. Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.
Hold on.
Remember no ball in the house
and stay out of the
carriage house pass way.
Yes ma'am.
Yeah, who builds a tunnel
under their house anyway?
Oh, well, actually
used to be really common
in the turn of the century,
they would build it so...
Hey, sports star!
How many Christmas
trees you count this year?
- 14.
- Whoa! That's a record.
And it's not a competition, buddy.
Yes, it is.
Good to see you, Dave.
- You too, Pat.
- Yes, it is.
- Merry Christmas.
- All right.
It's a competition.
Hey, don't make a mess in there, huh?
- Hey, stranger.
- Hi.
- Have you seen my granddaughter?
- She's about, yeah high.
Come here.
Uh, hello.
These suitcases are not
gonna unpack themselves.
Please tell me I'm adopted.
You're family.
And there's
nothing we can do about it.
Okay, I found the reinforcements.
We can avoid the annual sweaters
versus thermostat debate.
She's not that little girl anymore.
And apparently I'm Mom-Zilla.
Come on.
All teenagers are surly,
some are more gifted.
You know, she's been texting my sister
since mom's funeral.
Now they're all besties.
You don't know that.
I check her phone.
Don't, David, she's 16.
She still needs parenting.
Well, there's no pause
button on parenting.
No pause button on parenting.
Where'd you get that one?
I read it in a parenting book.
Okay. A T-shirt.
Look, I know things aren't great
between you guys right now,
but don't beat yourself up.
It's a normal teenager phase.
It won't last long.
Sure feels like it will.
Things change.
That wasn't from a T-shirt.
You know, Halloween's
over, right, Shannon?
It's an abstract design, Meredith.
I'm sorry your provincial mind can't see
beyond red and green.
Shannon, why don't
you try some gold paint?
What for?
It could make your ornament
look more like a star.
I'm not making a star.
- Clearly.
- Brown-noser.
You know, don't hate on
me just because I got all
of mom's talents.
Is it true, Mom?
Is Meredith more talented than me?
Sweetie, we each have
our own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Why is nothing I do
ever good enough for you?
All I said was that each
of us has our own unique
What about this? Hmm?
Was this good enough for you? No.
I was eight.
Oh, what about this?
Oh, no, I didn't smelt the silverware.
- Weirdo.
- Brown-noser.
Girls, don't!
Let the festivities begin.
Ho, ho, ho!
Oh, no, no, no.
Come on. Let's go.
It's gonna be fun. It always is.
It always is.
- This is family-
- Where are you gonna sit?
This is family tradition.
I'll sit on the end.
Did grandma ever have any other hobbies?
No, sweetie, she loved crafting so much.
It was her passion.
Kinda like doing sports.
Oh, grandma had other hobbies.
Oh yeah, Dad? Like what?
Shopping for crafting materials.
What's that?
Grandma says it is time
to find out what theme
you'll be crafting for
this year's ornament.
Are you ready?
Drum roll please.
Come on. Get excited.
Are you ready?
Okay, there we go.
Two, three.
Let me see what you get.
A cell phone. Really?
- How cliche?
- Come on, don't grouse.
This is so you.
Dad, it's a flip phone.
A flip phone.
Don't complain. Look at grandpa.
He's been crafting car
ornaments for 50 years.
Oh, mom's card.
Some of us have fond
memories in this house.
Picture perfect, I'm sure.
Reminiscence and dismiss.
Reminiscence and dismiss.
Are you gonna be finished
with that anytime soon?
Just gotta, gotta level up.
You know what? I am
gonna go check on the kids.
Are you hiding in the dumb waiter?
License and registration.
Sleep driving.
That's a new one.
Mary, I, I didn't want
to bring anyone down this afternoon.
No apology needed, Dad.
We all miss mom.
Besides, what do you always say?
We're a family.
And there's nothing you can do about it.
Your mother would be thrilled
that you're carrying
on with the ornaments.
It wouldn't be Christmas
without traditions.
You are your mother's daughter.
It's funny how the mind works.
Towards the end,
there were days where
didn't remember who I was,
but she remembered this car.
Orange was her color. Right?
So I, I'd take her for drives.
There's the church We got married.
The hospital where you girls were born.
Ah, the park where we,
where we played with the grandchildren.
And she'd say, that's nice to hear.
Like I was, I was talking
about the weather or something.
Oh god.
But you know, I, I
don't know what's worse.
Forgetting the one you love
or being forgotten by the one you love.
That is a beautiful memory.
You got to literally stroll
down memory lane with mom.
A merry Christmas Eve to one and all.
That's, that's genius.
What's in the box, Mary.
It's called a wish locket.
You make a Christmas wish and
then you put it on the tree
in hopes it'll come true.
I wish to win the World Cup.
I'll take a convertible.
Money. Always wish for money.
You're all wrong. Infinite wishes.
It's not meant to enrich ourselves.
It's a Christmas wish meant to be used
for the good of the whole family.
Good luck getting this
bunch to agree on anything.
Okay, let's keep it simple.
Wish for a merry Christmas.
No, Grandpa. It's a wish.
You gotta go big.
He's got a point. You
don't wanna waste a wish.
See, this is what I mean.
We're discussing. We're not arguing.
You know what I wish?
I wish the whole family
would come together.
Oh, for god's sake.
Probably a power surge.
Nice surprise, Dad.
We all needed a little Christmas spirit.
You should definitely plug those lights
into a surge protector.
Carolers on Christmas
Eve. Ah, this is perfect.
- This is perfect.
- Come on.
Christmas carolers. Let's go.
Come on, come on, come on, come on.
I wish this whole family
would come together.
- Oh, whoa, whoa.
- Easy.
You came.
Did I?
Mom, your wish.
Your wish came true.
The whole family came together.
Hey, sweetie.
The last thing I remember
was getting butter cream
from the walk-in fridge, then being here.
That's just like in "The Lion,
the Witch and the Wardrobe."
A portal. Cool.
More like, uh, teleportation
or that beam me uppy
thing from "Star Trek."
Bermuda Triangle, maybe?
Come on.
I wish for season tickets.
Did you get fired?
Is this some sort of
Japanese saving face thing?
You felt bad about not
being together on Christmas
like a normal family?
I can't explain it. Really.
Okay, then let me see your phone
because I bet there's a
boarding pass on there.
She wouldn't have flown from Japan
with her work clothes on, would you?
Well, you're not seriously
buying the story, David.
Why don't you believe her.
Um, logic?
I'll even bet that her luggage
is sitting out there
on the porch right now.
It's Christmas Eve, Meredith.
Can we just enjoy the rest of
the evening with your sister?
Please? For me.
Who wants some more dessert?
Dad. Wait.
Aunt Shannon doesn't have an ornament.
Now is not the time, Owen.
We don't craft on Christmas Eve.
That's not fair.
No, no, no, no.
Christmas Eve is for hot cocoa
and opening up our stockings.
Ever hear that rules
are made to be broken.
Haven't you ever heard that
that sounds a little self-serving.
Can't we make an
exception for Aunt Shannon?
Aunt Shannon turned her back
on this family's tradition years ago.
It's okay.
I don't need to make an ornament.
See? There you go.
She doesn't even wanna make an ornament.
You can use my silver star,
the one I made outta
mom's wedding silverware.
She, she, she didn't think
that was funny at all, Shannon.
That doesn't count.
You made that in, like, third grade.
There. Now it's a snowflake.
That's not.
You can't just do that.
That I mean that, that is not right.
Okay, you don't just get to bend the rules
to fit your excuses.
Who here likes my snowflake?
Grandma would never allow this.
Well, we're family
and there's nothing you can do about it.
Oh, that's not fair.
If you all wish to break family
tradition, then I wish...
I wish to
forget this family.
Stay calm. It's probably a fuse.
Or an earthquake.
Why are only the tree lights on?
They're on different circuits.
But why are they purple?
Where's your fuse box.
In the cellar.
I got two flashlights in the pantry.
Everybody stay
put. We won't be long.
Anyone have any bars?
I'm going to my room.
Better signal.
Watch out for the traps, Dave.
Yeah. Yeah.
It's for the squirrels.
Digging in through the carriage
house pass way over there.
Please, please.
Please, please, please.
Oh, please. Come on.
Aunt Shannon?
Yes, Owen.
Why did you turn your back
on our family traditions.
But you said.
Don't listen to him.
You still hang these?
Mom always insisted.
Of course she did.
Hey, come here.
I'm starved.
I'm gonna go eat some leftovers.
Well, what'd she say?
I don't think I'm supposed to tell.
She said they stopped
bringing holiday joy.
- Girls, don't!
- Some things cannot be undone.
That's blown.
I can fix it with some copper wire.
Or we could just replace it, Dave.
Yeah, yeah.
You have any more spares?
There should be some
more in the carriage house.
Be careful putting that in.
You don't cause any more trouble.
Oh, that's promising.
Less promising.
It's pretty dark.
I think Grandma has candles in the attic.
I'll go get my headlamp.
Good plan. Meet back here.
Let's go.
Forget this family.
Joanie, where the heck
did I put those fuses?
Dave? I'm still looking.
I know they're here somewhere.
It's a squirrel. It's a squirrel, right?
That might be a rat.
No ball in the house.
Can you hear me now?
Whoa. Whoa, whoa.
We are not breaking Grandma's tradition.
Well, we're family
and there's nothing you can do about it.
Reminiscence and dismiss.
Help! Somebody, help please!
Mom, I'm in here.
Kate, I'm not gonna keep
picking up after you.
If you want your clothes washed,
the least you could do is
put them in the hamper.
Yeah! Wahoo!
Sunday. Sunday, Sunday.
See top fuel and alcohol burning dragsters
pound the speedway.
- Open!
- In all out battle
for top spot in the
national quarter finals.
Feel suicide machines burn
down the quarter mile.
Be there or be annihilated.
We each have
our own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Shannon turned her back
on this family's tradition years ago.
Is Meredith
more talented than me?
Why is nothing I do ever good enough?
Ever hear that
rules are made to be broken?
Hey, boy,
Here, boy.
Hey, boy.
No, no, no, no.
Hey, what?
What are you doing?
Where are you?
Shannon turned her back
on this family's tradition years ago.
Shannon, I know you are upset
with Meredith, but to
break all of her ornaments.
Get her knees.
Let her go.
No, no, no, no, no!
- Mom, the ball was crazy.
- This is insane!
Sh! Sh!
What is happening?
What the hell is that?
Back door. I'll lead.
Go, go, go!
Are you ghosting me, Kate?
Are you ghosting me?
Are you ghosting me, Kate?
I can't hold it.
The front door. Now!
Now! Now, now, now!
Wait, not through the kitchen!
Hey, Mister.
- Are you talking to me?
- Yes. Oh my God.
Yes. Yes.
We need help.
What's going on here?
We're under attack by, by...
Never mind. Can you call the police?
You're a
naughty girl, aren't you?
Uh, what?
Yes, you are.
Yes, you are. Yes, you are.
- Wait, wait, wait!
- Wait, wait!
- Wait, wait, wait.
- No, no, no, no!
- Hey!
- Wait!
- Wait!
- No, don't leave us!
Where's Grandpa?
He's not in the house?
He's in the carriage house.
How many of these things are there?
Owen! Owen!
I got this, Mom.
Get back.
- Owen!
- Stand back.
Owen, go! Hide yourself.
The dumb waiter.
What about Owen?
He, he's locked in the dumbwaiter.
He'll be fine.
What now?
We have to find dad.
Um, hello?
He's in the carriage house.
We can't get out of this house.
Remember the porch?
Do you remember, uh,
playing Spider House?
The carriage house pass way?
- Yeah.
- Yes.
Come on. Come on!
After you.
What was the name of this
game you used to play as kids?
Spider House.
We should check upstairs.
I'll take the lead.
Now you'll take the lead.
Dad, Dad.
Look at me. Look at me.
Dad, look at me.
- Dad, unlock the door!
- Dad!
David, do something.
Who are you?
We're family.
And there, there's...
Nothing we can do without it.
How is this happening?
What did you wish for?
What do you mean?
I, I wished, I wished
this family together.
No, the other wish.
I, I don't remember.
I was angry.
You wished to forget this family.
No, no, no.
I, I didn't say that. I didn't say that.
No, I didn't.
I said forget.
Forget this family.
You can take it back.
The wish. You can take it back.
No, I can't.
Yes, you can. You already
changed the wish once.
You can change it again.
No, I can't.
I smashed the ornament into pieces.
Well, lucky we have a handyman.
Oh, back to the spider house again.
To the attic?
Kate, we're going.
How did that get there?
This can't be happening.
This can't be happening. David!
We're gonna get our son back.
I've just realized we
haven't been together
in this room since you and I, um.
Ancient history, huh?
Is it?
There's something in here.
She lied.
I threw the other halves out.
You'll have to hang these.
Let it be a reminder that in this family,
what we cherish comes from the heart.
Kintsugi, it's the Japanese art
of mending broken pottery
with silver or gold.
I think that's hot glue.
The idea of being you
don't hide the flaws.
Every crack becomes part of its history,
making it more beautiful, stronger.
Because it has been broken.
But why would mom hide
it from us all these years?
I guess we're all entitled
to keep a few things to ourselves.
Okay, now take your wish back.
Or make a new wish.
I wish.
I wish none of this ever happened.
Did it work?
It's hard to tell.
Ow. Ouch.
Ouchie, ouchie. Ouchie.
Nope. Didn't work.
Are you sure you have all the parts?
I'm sure.
Perhaps you have to be more specific.
I don't know. Maybe.
It's not like it came with instructions.
Did anyone check?
Found it!
To begin again?
Reset again.
That's it?
What does that even mean?
It doesn't really imply a
new wish or taking back a wish.
Again. Reset.
Again. Again, reset.
Be in.
Gin be.
Buh, buh, buh.
It's gotta be something
about starting over again
from the beginning, right?
Resetting the Wish Locket.
A redo.
That would explain why it's not working.
- I'm not sure.
- No, no, no. Think about it.
When you made the first two wishes,
the wish locket was on the tree.
So we have to put the wish
locket back on the tree.
What if nothing changes,
then Owen and Dad would be
To begin again.
Reset again.
One question.
Who's going first?
Because I've already gone first
and Shannon hasn't gone first, like, ever.
Jump, jump.
Dad, come on.
Now go. Run!
I'm not leaving you.
You're the only one who can fix this.
I love you.
I love you too.
Now run.
Hey, sucker.
My mom eavesdrops on me.
I have no privacy.
I wouldn't put it past her
to put spyware on your phone.
I wish I could
live with you in Japan.
I love you, Aunt Shannon.
I love you, Aunt Shannon.
I love you, Aunt.
I love you, Aunt Shannon.
I love you, Aunt Shannon. I love you.
I love you. I love you.
I love you. I love you.
I love you. I love you. I love you.
Come on! We gotta go!
That's it! Come on!
Which branch?
If we're resetting again,
don't I have to put it on the same branch.
No. No.
It's, it's over here.
It, it was here.
No. No.
Meredith, I don't think it matters.
Just put it here.
Okay. Wish it.
I wish to save my family.
- Did it work?
- No.
How can you be so sure?
Any ideas?
- Meredith-
- Don't!
I know why it didn't work.
You said begin again
and look what happened.
I know, I know.
But we didn't reset again.
I don't wanna hear this.
Look, that's why it didn't work.
We have to put all the
ornaments back on the tree.
Why trust anything you say. Huh?
I reset like you said.
I rehung like you said.
And now my Kate is gone because of you.
Yes, I was wrong.
I was wrong.
But we have to do something
to get our family back.
Our family?
You walked away from this
family a long time ago.
Because I had to.
You were the favorite.
You had mom's talent.
It was you she reflected
back in her eyes. Who was I?
The icebreaker, the black sheep?
The weirdo?
I couldn't find myself here.
So I went and now my only regret
is allowing myself to live
for so long with only
half a sister.
If not for me, just do it for them.
What do you think I've been doing?
If you have to do it to spite me.
And what are you suggesting?
We just ask them to politely
get back on the tree.
We're the hunted, not the hunters.
I think I may have already captured one.
Don't ask.
Okay, so here's my plan.
If we could freeze them,
we'd have enough time to
hang them back on the tree
and you can redo the wish.
Oh, is that all?
Are you insane?
First we'd have to capture them.
And may I remind you, my ornament is huge.
It wouldn't even fit.
Does dad have a, a, a meat freezer
in the basement or something?
Better yet?
Does he have a liquid
nitrogen ice cream maker?
That would freeze them instantly!
Snap out of it.
Look around.
Mom and Dad haven't bought
a new appliance in 30 years.
Okay, I gotta think of something. Um.
- What are you doing?
- What, what are you doing?
What are you doing?
Sh, sh, quiet!
You'll attract their attention!
Let them come. Then we
don't have to find them.
- What are you talking about?
- Shannon, you've lost it.
No, I found it.
Shannon, will you just
calm down? Calm down!
Shannon! Shannon!
Got it.
Mon and Dad's anniversary gift.
Crochet this!
Hey brown-noser.
Hey weirdo.
Why does this smell like that?
I don't know. It's your ornament.
Okay, so do you know
what you're gonna say?
Should I take back my wish
or just ask for a new wish?
I don't know. Aren't they
kind of one and the same?
What would you wish?
I would wish
to save the family.
It sounds about right.
Okay, Meredith, you can do this.
Just concentrate.
I wish to save my family.
Look around,
Meredith. Things change.
But to break all
of her Christmas ornaments?
Young lady, you are grounded.
It's my fault.
It's my fault.
You don't hide the flaws.
Every crack becomes part of its history,
making it stronger.
I wish none of this had ever happened.
I wish none of this had ever happened.
Guys, let's make silly faces.
Come on, Mom. You can
do better than that.
Do this.
Oh, that will make for fond memories.
I'm sure it'll be picture perfect.
Thanks, Mom, for all your hard work.
This is the best Christmas morning ever.
You know, some
of us have fond memories
in this house.
They're all
picture perfect, I'm sure.
Honey, you okay?
I just had the strangest
feeling of deja vu about Shannon.
Yeah, your Aunt Shannon.
Shannon who?
No, no, no.
Where is it?
Where is what?
Shannon's silverware star. I
can't begin again without it.
Shannon's dove. No.
Oh no.
Oh, almost forgot.
This was perfect.
Maybe a little too perfect.
We're family, Shannon.
And there's something I can do about it.
I wish my family were together and safe.
Mom? Dad?
That's her. She sold me the locket.
- Wait!
- Wait, wait, wait!
- Come back! Come back!
- Don't go!
Okay, that is a perfect
color there, Meredith.
That's beautiful, Shannon.
Shannon, Meredith, look,
I am a Christmas tree.