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Four Christmases [Blu-ray]
Four Christmases
Blu-ray
Actors: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Seth Gordon
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2009     1hr 28min

Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 11/24/2009 Run time: 120 minutes Rating: Pg13

     

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Actors: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Seth Gordon
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: New Line
Format: Blu-ray - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/24/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 11/26/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 3/28/2014...
I thought this movie was funny and true in a alot of the situations.
Donna T. from APO, AE
Reviewed on 3/7/2013...
We LOVE this movie! Laugh out loud funny. Corny. Fun. Hilarious. Representative of about every aspect of anyone's family in an over the top way. And LOVE the ending.

Movie Reviews

Four Christmases
Michael Zuffa | Racine, WI United States | 12/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Brad (Vaughn) and Kate (Witherspoon) are heading to Figi for Christmas so they do not have to spend time with their family. A dense fogbank grounds all flights out of San Francisco and destroys their plans. A local television report from the airport seals their fate, and soon they are off to see their families - Brad's divorced mom and dad and Kate's divorced mom and dad. Brad's dad (Duvall) and brothers (Favreau and McGraw) are hell on Brad, but Kate finds amusement in his discomfort. Kate's mom (Steenburgen) is a bit of a cougar, making things uncomfortable for everyone. By the time they have survived Brad's mom (Spacek), their relationship is hanging by a thread. Kate's dad is not so bad, but by then it may just be too late.

"Four Christmases" is a pretty funny holiday film. Vaughn and Witherspoon are two likeable, funny leads. A star-studded supporting cast keeps the humor coming as well. The humor is of the squirmy, uncomfortable kind. You feel bad for these two as they are forced to deal with their families. This is an entertaining film for fans of holiday movies. If you are in the mood for something Christmassy, check it out.
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Veteran cast shoulders holiday film
J. Bledsoe | Knoxville, TN USA | 09/27/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Resulting from a Fiji flight cancellation, Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) are forced to act out a Christmas tradition: visiting their families. Although Brad and Kate have been dating for three years (and are currently living together), neither one of them has met the other's parents. And for good reason.

Including Brad's mishap with a satellite dish, Kate's upsetting several babies and even an overly evangelical performance of the nativity, the four-stop tour to each of their divorced parents' houses is exaggerated to say the least.

In typical fashion, the parents are eager to share baby and childhood pictures with their child's significant other. This causes some complications for Brad and Kate when they each discover that neither one of them has been completely honest about their childhoods. Some of the epiphanies are more or less embarrassing than others, but ultimately the arguments drive away Brad and Kate's perfectly pre-rehearsed happiness during the first scene of "Four Christmases."

There is little chemistry between Vaughn and Witherspoon. This may have been intentional, to show the deterioration of their relationship. Nonetheless, Vaughn is guilty of his trademark outbursts of hilarity. Vaughn is the master of unknowing misunderstanding and resulting miscommunication. As in "The Break Up," his and his cohabitating co-star's connection breaks down in the face of his never-ending, albeit hilarious, soliloquies.

Witherspoon plays a fairly comedic role as well, although Vaughn overshadows her (literally). Kate does, however, offer most of the substance of the movie, ruing past Christmases spent away from family and contemplating the future of Brad's and her relationship.

The all-star cast holds the film together. Brad's parents are played by Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, while Kate's parents are played by Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen. In a way, both fathers and both mothers play the same role. The mothers are very welcoming to their child's better half, while also being overtly sexually open and thus entertaining for audiences. The fathers, on the other hand, offer the most advice and life lessons, causing Brad and Kate to realize the importance of family.

The siblings are also worthy of mention. Brad's brothers, played by Tim McGraw and Jon Favreau, execute their cage fighting routine on Brad when he arrives to exchange gifts. Kate's sister, Kristin Chenoweth, brings out Kate's motherly tendencies while simultaneously embarrassing her with sisterly teasing. In his role as Pastor Phil (Dwight Yoakam), Kate's mother's boyfriend, is undoubtedly an amusement.

The couple's four Christmases are a lesson in the reality and difficulty of relationships. However, with a year-later scene tacked on the end, the viewer questions how much Brad and Kate actually learned from their previous holiday."
Funny holiday movie
Wiseguy 945 | Cedar Rapids, IA | 05/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was not enthusiastic at first to see this movie, but was suprised that it actually was pretty funny. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon play a couple of typical american couple that tries to hide their families from eachother...then the holidays hit. Not quite an "Old School" or "Wedding Crashers", but this should get a few good chuckles for anybody."