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A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.

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Brad and Kate have been together three years, in love, having fun, doing all sorts of things together with no intention of marriage or children. Christmas morning, they're on their way to Fiji, having told their two sets of divorced parents that they're off to do charity work. Through a fluke, they have no choice but to visit each of their four idiosyncratic parents. As the day progresses, Brad and Kate remember growing up, each learns more about the other, and Kate realizes that her life may not be as good as it could be. Do they know each other well enough to weather the storms families bring? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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His father, her mother, his mother and her father all in one day. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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26 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,275,585 (UK) (28 November 2008)

Gross:

$120,136,047 (USA) (6 February 2009)
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All four actors portraying the parents are Oscar winners for acting. Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies (1983)), Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)), Jon Voight (Coming Home (1978)), and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)). See more »

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Breast pumps need a tight seal in order to work; they would not stick to a knitted sweater as depicted. See more »

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Darryl: Look, Brad. I'm not trying to be your father, you already got one of those. I'm just hoping for a chance to be your friend.
Brad: You were my friend, Darryl. You were my best friend. We grew up together, we rode bikes together, we used to smell each others hands. But now you're sleeping with my mom and it's a little bit weird for me. Can you appreciate that?
Darryl: I never had a sexual thought about your mom until I was 30.
Brad: Can you leave it alone? You can't be my friend anymore. You can't be sleeping with ...
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References Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) See more »

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Sleigh Ride
Written by Leroy Anderson
Performed by Art Ferrante (as Ferrante) & Lou Teicher (as Teicher)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Have Your Christmas Cake And Eat It Too
26 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sigh. Another potentially funny Hollywood comedy hits the skids when it encounters a message. The message here seems to be, "Families Are Hideous And Awful, But Everyone Should Be Forced To Have One". No, I don't understand the logic of that either.

The families are made up of 4 sets of familiar comedy archetypes - the yokels, the interfering women, the religious kooks and - um - the fourth set who the writers couldn't be bothered to make interesting or unusual. I suppose you can't blame them for losing interest - I know I had.

Phoned-in performances and a faxed-in script result in a charmless, pointless holiday film. The only good thing about it is the charisma of the leads, and a funny appearance by Jon Favreau. But seriously, you would be better advised to watch National Lampoon's Xmas Vacation again instead.


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