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Four Christmases (2008)

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

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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 »

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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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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 »

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When "Ken" and "Daphne" were having sex in the bathroom, "Daphne" ripped "Ken's" shirt off. You can see the buttons flying. Yet in the next scene when they are coming out of the bathroom, "Ken's" shirt was buttoned up nicely. 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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Features Donkey Kong (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
(The Declan Crawls Mix!)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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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