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Four Christmases (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 November 2008 (USA)
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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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Anywhere But Home  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,275,585 (UK) (28 November 2008)


$120,136,047 (USA) (6 February 2009)

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The director of this film (Seth Gordon) also directed the acclaimed documentary 'The King of Kong'. One of the subjects in this documentary was Steve Wiebe who also appears in this film See more »


When the family is playing Taboo at Brad's mother's house, the Taboo Timer isn't visible until Brad says "Our time is up" at which point the hourglass timer appears to be just started. See more »


Kate: Cassie! That marker in your mouth, I peed on it!
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References Dora the Explorer (2000) See more »


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Bounce Bounce and Baby Barf
28 November 2008 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Vince Vaughn is starting to remind me of what Woody Allen went through ... "I liked his funny movies". Just wasn't a fan of "Wedding Crashers" or "The Break-up", but I certainly recognize his comedic talents. Here, his quirks play a little better, though I never really bought off on he and Reece Witherspoon as a couple.

Low expectations, a strong cast, a few clever lines, easily relatable family strain, and a true sight "gag" make this one enjoyable enough. The trailer gives away the set-up of the film as Reece and Vince are forced to visit all four pieces of their disjointed families on Christmas. For some reason, director Seth Gordon ("King of Kong") casts Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek as VV's parents and Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen as Reece's. The curiosity stems from the age difference between these actors ... a 15-16 year span. Just struck me as odd. Though not quite as odd as Jon Voight offering parental advice. Now THAT is comedy! Despite the hi-jinx, the messages abound: we all have the weirdest family, it is never easy to really connect with another person, and it's always a good time for cheese whiz. This is really VV's film as Reece has little to offer save for the bounce bounce scene. Mr. Vaughn is truly at his best in the moments of rapid fire dialogue as he helplessly tries to avoid another ridiculous situation.

One warning to parents: the film is rated PG-13 and there is a segment regarding the Santa secret, so be forewarned. The unwritten rule is broken. The quick lines and uncomfortable family moments make this one worth a few giggles. Not a Christmas classic, but a decent comedy.

I must mention the tribute to the classic "A Christmas Story" as the kids peer into the toy store window early on. That scene is followed by the airport scene, where the ticket agent is played by none other than Peter Billingsley, a grown up Ralphie from that movie (and producer of this film).

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