His father, her mother, his mother and her father all in one day.
Brad and Kate have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust -- big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is embarrassed to see their ruse exposed to the world by an overzealous television reporter. Now, Brad and Kate are left with precious little choice other than to swallow their pride and suffer the rounds.
No. Just... no.
I mean, with families as these I'd rather see Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon go on a Fiji vacation, lying to their families for the rest of their lives. And I don't think that was the point; to show how god-awful families are to spend Christmas with.
Furthermore, I think I was supposed to laugh. I didn't. Much. I was more annoyed.
And the ending... What a hamfisted way of ending it.
Never watch this. Trust me. It's shit.
It's November. I know it's November. However, my wife loves Christmas movies so for the next two months we have ten randomly chosen Christmas movies to enter into our continuing movie lottery. Randomly, this came out of the movie lottery today.
Is this a good movie in terms of craft? Not really. It doesn't package itself as such though. It packages itself as a typical Vincent Vaughan comedy, which it is. We watch the pair bundle through a series of increasing awkward family lives which did have me laughing out loud. Jon favreau and robert Duvall really standing out.
This comedy suffers from a lack of cohesion. It feels more like a series of very funny skits (which they genuinely are). I just wanted more of a film from this but worth the watch at Christmas time!
Week of Christmas - Film 6
Nothing hugely fancy, but an enjoyable way to spend 1½ hours. A DINK couple have to go and "do" Christmas with each of their divorced parents, making it 4 in a row. Some bits are quite good, others fall flat, but overall enough of it works to make it fun.
Favourite bit: Denver and Susan playing the Taboo Card game.
Another mediocre Christmas film. Not much to say.
Romantic comedy, Vince Vaughn, Reese Whitherspoon. Do I need to say anything else? Nothing special about this one, just a typical romantic comedy. It's fine to watch with your partner, it won't stick in your memory for too long.
Four Christmases is the holiday-movie equivalent of reheated leftovers: there’s nothing here you haven’t consumed before, but this time around it’s just not as palatable. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as Brad and Kate, a couple so happy-in-love, and so scarred by their dysfunctional upbringings, that they don’t want to muck it all up by thinking about getting married and having kids. They see the turmoil brought about by each of their parents’ divorces and they don’t want that to happen to their own relationship, let alone pass it along to a new generation. Part of their strategy to resist the outside influences and negative vibes of their kinfolk is their annual tradition of taking an exotic vacation during…
"Extremely hilarious, one of Vince Vaughn funniest roles. Reese Witherspoon is fine comedic form. Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Favreau & Robert Duvall were off the hook."
Boy, Reese Witherspoon has been in some really crappy, crappy movies.
This is a good movie to show your fundie uncle who rails against the Godless Nihilism of Hollywood. Hollywood movies almost invariably reinforce traditional gender roles and family values. Has the Dream Factory EVER produced a movie where people who start a movie, say, wanting to settle down and have kids ends with them deciding to stick with premarital sex? (Friend With Kids might qualify, but I haven't seen it).
It may not be consistently funny, but it manages to be more humorous than I expected. The script could've used a lot more work though.
About as festive as a pumpkin