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Four Christmases [DVD] [2008]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (157 out of 165)

    Synopsis


    Four Christmases
    A crafty couple run the Christmas Day gauntlet by racing to visit their divorced parents' four separate households in this Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon comedy that proves the holidays are no time for relaxing. Brad (Vaughn) and Kate (Witherspoon) 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. Along the way, they perform in a church nativity play at the behest of Kate's mother's (Mary Steenburgen) pushy pastor Phil (Dwight Yoakam), contend with Brad's gruff father, Howard (Robert Duvall), and bullying brothers, Dallas (Jon Favreau) and Denver (Tim McGraw) -- a pair of trained UFC fighters -- and pay a visit to Brad's spacy, New Age mother, Paula (Sissy Spacek), who recently made waves in the family circle by marrying her son's childhood friend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Vince Vaughn
      Vince Vaughn - Brad
    • Reese Witherspoon
      Reese Witherspoon - Kate
    • Robert Duvall
      Robert Duvall - Howard
    • Sissy Spacek
      Sissy Spacek - Paula
    • Jon Voight
      Jon Voight - Creighton



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 165 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Christmas Movie

      Posted
      Drew8730

      All of the above would fit in the case of Four Christmases. But it's the themes that could have been a highlight but aren't that are especially frustrating because of the values they mock. One case in point is marriage. Actually, the lack thereof. Brad and Kate have seen poor matrimonial examples—and suffered the consequences of their parents' splits—so they want nothing to do with rings and licenses. Their motto? Be together because you want to be, not because you're tied to the old ball and chain! "I'd rather be stuck on an island with some weird millionaire hunting me trying to kill me and me trying to escape than be involved with [marriage]," Brad insists. "'Cause that's just a time bomb waiting to explode." In other words, they want to remain responsibility- and commitment-free for as long as they can. Have fun. Steer clear of knowing someone too intimately or entrusting your life to your lover, because that would lead to messiness and disappointment and divorce. And though both do eventually begin to overcome their fear of domesticity, they still shun marriage. Another potentially positive theme gone awry is the celebration of Christmas itself. Rather than seeing it as a chance to remember Christ's birth and bless others with gifts and love, Brad and Kate are in it for themselves like a couple of big thirtysomething kids. They scoff at sacred tradition and family, and for all intents and purposes, ridicule charitable causes by lying about their involvement with them. Because, in Brad and Kate's world, Christmas is about avoidance and fun. If that means trampling on what others hold dear, so be it. They might have discovered—this year—that cardinal rule of Christmastime: It is better to give than receive. But they don't. By way of a sneak peek into the future at the end of the film, we see the self-centered duo right back at their old tricks the following year. Life has thrown a twist at them—and it's New Year's instead of Christmas. But no real lessons have been learned. And no real changes are made. It's another repeat of the same old same old—just like Vaughn's movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      It's Charming Enough

      Posted
      DebraY
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      So this probably won't be your all-time favorite Christmas movie, but it's also not a complete waste of your time. It's cute, has a nice little message, creates a bit of suspense and has an ending that feels good. If you see it on sale, buy it. Why not? It's good. But don't pay full price... it's not THAT good. Would I recommend it? Well, sure. If you're in a snow storm with nothing to do and no where to be, it's charming enough to invest your Friday night watching.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Absolute Trash

      Posted
      grp2015

      How does it fall short, "let me count the ways." 1. Nothing to do with Christmas except to use it as a prop for crude juvenile humor. 2. Predictable plot lines. 3. One dimensional characters, or should I say caricatures. 4. No redeeming values or original thoughts. 5. Even at $4.99, it was overpriced. It was so bad that I threw it in the trash, a first for me. They couldn't pay me to watch it again. I have to say it makes my bottom five of all time bad movies.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely hilarious

      Posted
      ThePictureAunt
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      I really love this movie. I think the writing and acting are excellent, and it's hilarious, with wonderful performances from wonderful stars. It could not be considered one of the *best* movies of all time, but I believe this is due to a score that does not gel the movie together enough. Absolutely worth owning and watching every Christmas! :D

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Ok but not nearly funny enough.

      Posted
      fireonthetrack
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      This movie is ok at best. The plot is entertaining and the acting is par for the course with these actors. It seemed that the laughs just weren't as good as these actors normally get. The quality of the blu ray disc is good. I got this movie at a decent price so it was worth the price. Overall it was just an average Christmas movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Loved it

      Posted
      Klyne21
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      This movie was funny. I'm sure a lot of people who watch this can relate when they are forced to spend any amount of time with relatives or in-laws at Christmas. Plus, you see a glimpse of what it's like for people who come from split families.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Christmas movie

      Posted
      Autie7
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      I liked this comedy about a couple that finally visits family and sees the extreme dysfunction of both families. Lots of laughs and the next scene tries to outdo the pervious scene, many times successfully. And I like Reece.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love it

      Posted
      highmyster

      I love movies about X-Mas, and this one did not disapoint. It was very funny, and did a great job showing christmas spirit. Vince Vaghn and Reese Witherspoon were very funny in this movie. Even though it turned more serious in the end it was still very funny.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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