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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Pour eux les fêtes sont un vrai cauchemar. (For them the holidays are a real nightmare.) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When talking about not being married after the dance lesson, Brad refers to the famous short story "The Most Dangerous Game", written by Richard Connell in 1924. The story deals with a wealthy Cossack who hunts men on his private island, the scenario Brad is referring to. See more »


Brad referred to Burma as an Asian "island nation". It is not an island: its southern border is its only coastal border (although this might be due to the fact that he's lying to his parents about going to Burma - his lie is so ill-conceived that he doesn't even know this basic fact). See more »


Brad: My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Deck the Halls (2012) See more »


I'll Be Home For Christmas
Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of and under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Four too many Christmases
9 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie has all of the potential to be a great comedy classic, but it seems to have to much Vaughn influence in the writing. Jon Favreau should have taken more control in creating this movie because his character was the best and funniest and we all know he can write a screenplay. Vince's shtick is getting really old and I didn't find him funny at all, Vaughn is becoming very very predictable.

Reese Witherspoon is withering and her cutesy faces are not so cutesy anymore. Her lines are humorous but she is not. Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Voight, and Sissy Spacek have solid performances. Duvall was hilarious.

However, since Favreau & Duvall have minor roles in this movie, this movie is weak in the laugh department.

Usually, I tell people to wait for the movie to come out on DVD or HBO. In this case, don't buy it; if you miss it on HBO or Showtime, TBS or ABC will have it on in 2 years.

Too make a long review short, if you miss this movie, your life and your wallet will have more to give.

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