Four Christmases

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Four Christmases

Family plus Christmas equals nightmare. That seems to be the calculation guiding this festive frolic, in which

Vince Vaughn

and

Reese Witherspoon

tell their respective folks they’re doing charity work so that they can avoid the usual get-together. Alas, their ruse is uncovered, so they end up visiting all four post-divorce enclaves in one fateful Christmas Day.

Playing out a seasonal riff on the same comedy of embarrassment as ‘Meet the Parents’, Vaughn’s mean old coot of a pater

Robert Duvall

and wrestling-freak sibling

Jon Favreau

, along with

Mary Steenburgen

as Witherspoon’s lubricious yet church-happy mom, supply plentiful warning of the dangers of procreation. As we grind through the gears of consecutive drop-ins, however, behind the strained knockabout lurks a none-too-subtle conformist agenda, assuring the unmarried, childless couple that their only chance for genuine happiness is to get with the family programme.

‘Humbug!’, we say. Dismaying, indeed, that a movie purportedly selling itself on refreshing nay-saying scepticism should so cravenly succumb to the same old schmaltz, without the craft even to make the process seem anything other than a series of empty would-be ‘feelgood’ platitudes. Still, there are occasional felicities en route, with some ably delivered ‘trailer moment’ slapstick – watch out for that baby vomit! – and the cast do their best with the uneven material, even if Vaughn in particular makes the patter a tad too effortful. Nostalgic for some to have him and Favreau reunited here, yet seeing the ‘Swingers’ duo desperately mugging away in such mainstream mulch, their catchphrase ‘You’re so money’ takes on an awful new resonance.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday November 28 2008
Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Seth Gordon
Screenwriter: Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Vince Vaughn
Reese Witherspoon
Robert Duvall
Jon Favreau
Sissy Spacek
Jon Voight
Mary Steenburgen
Dwight Yoakam
Tim McGraw
Kristin Chenoweth
Colleen Camp

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:13
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:0
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Definitely the worst film I have seen in a long time. Very juvenile humor - do not waste your money on this one.


Definitely the worst film I have seen in a long time. Very juvenile humor - do not waste your money on this one.


Unfunny drivel, no chemistry, depressing at times. I was persuaded to risk this last year and we all utterly regretted the decision. I like reese, and the guy is usually funny but do not expect either of their talents to be utilised in this drab concoction. I can't belive it merits a re-run at the cinema, in all justice it should've gone straight to dvd the first time round. Avoid at all costs.


Unfunny drivel, no chemistry, depressing at times. I was persuaded to risk this last year and we all utterly regretted the decision. I like reese, and the guy is usually funny but do not expect either of their talents to be utilised in this drab concoction. I can't belive it merits a re-run at the cinema, in all justice it should've gone straight to dvd the first time round. Avoid at all costs.


I don't care what everyone says I really enjoyed this film and am thinking about getting it on dvd. I don't listen to anyone else's reviews anyway


I don't care what everyone says I really enjoyed this film and am thinking about getting it on dvd. I don't listen to anyone else's reviews anyway


nice film.its entertaining and funny as well.its wroth watching it once.both the actors have done a gr8 job!!


nice film.its entertaining and funny as well.its wroth watching it once.both the actors have done a gr8 job!!


It was alright, at some parts I was laughing, at some parts I was bored. Still, if you go see it with your friends you'll have fun. :)


It was alright, at some parts I was laughing, at some parts I was bored. Still, if you go see it with your friends you'll have fun. :)


a brilliant film, funny in bits, i definatly watch it again, i don't know what some of them are watching up there ^ !! :) 5 star :)


a brilliant film, funny in bits, i definatly watch it again, i don't know what some of them are watching up there ^ !! :) 5 star :)


This must rank as one of the worst films I have seen. Completely predictably and totally unfunny. Quite shocking given the line up of stars in the cast. It is amazing how this one made it through into distribution.


This must rank as one of the worst films I have seen. Completely predictably and totally unfunny. Quite shocking given the line up of stars in the cast. It is amazing how this one made it through into distribution.


It is soooo funi go watch it now!!!!! i gonna watch it again 2moz!!!!!!!! lol


It is soooo funi go watch it now!!!!! i gonna watch it again 2moz!!!!!!!! lol


This has got to be one of the worst films I have ever ever seen and I see loads. Reese Witherspoon must be desperate to appear in this total garbage


This has got to be one of the worst films I have ever ever seen and I see loads. Reese Witherspoon must be desperate to appear in this total garbage


Went to watch this with my bro and we laughed throughout. Thought it was great, will go and see it again :)


Went to watch this with my bro and we laughed throughout. Thought it was great, will go and see it again :)


mega funnni loved the film i would watch it ova and ova again!!!


mega funnni loved the film i would watch it ova and ova again!!!


Never pre-judge a film based on the professional critics. The film wasn't the greatest but it was good entertainment


Never pre-judge a film based on the professional critics. The film wasn't the greatest but it was good entertainment


Was really looking forward to this after great films such as wedding crashers but was greatly dissapointed. More romance rather than pure comedy, the only good thing is vince vaughn. Seen a lot better im afraid.


Was really looking forward to this after great films such as wedding crashers but was greatly dissapointed. More romance rather than pure comedy, the only good thing is vince vaughn. Seen a lot better im afraid.


I thought that this film was really good it had poor reviews but i reely enjoyed it


I thought that this film was really good it had poor reviews but i reely enjoyed it


not much of a christmas courtesy of hollywood -vince vaughn is the saving grace which relieves this very contrived cming of home movie for a white middle clas couple contemplating marriage , all the cliches about sexual insecurities and female anxieties abound and the topping is provided by nosy meddlesome realtives with typical cynical attidudes that prevail in current american cinema . there is a hilarious sequence in a church with a well acted sequence about religious biases and the inflated male ego which is better then the rest , i do think witherspoon was both miscast and wasted as she looks miserable throughout the flick which is a pity as she shines in the legally blonde series in similar comic adventures . but it is rather luke warm and tepid compared to wedding crashers though vaughn is a good comic in the present milieu of miserable cinema . usman khawaja


not much of a christmas courtesy of hollywood -vince vaughn is the saving grace which relieves this very contrived cming of home movie for a white middle clas couple contemplating marriage , all the cliches about sexual insecurities and female anxieties abound and the topping is provided by nosy meddlesome realtives with typical cynical attidudes that prevail in current american cinema . there is a hilarious sequence in a church with a well acted sequence about religious biases and the inflated male ego which is better then the rest , i do think witherspoon was both miscast and wasted as she looks miserable throughout the flick which is a pity as she shines in the legally blonde series in similar comic adventures . but it is rather luke warm and tepid compared to wedding crashers though vaughn is a good comic in the present milieu of miserable cinema . usman khawaja

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