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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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,275,585 (UK) (30 November 2008)

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$120,146,040 (USA) (12 February 2009)
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In order to develop the characters and give each of them an identity, director Seth Gordon drew up detailed timelines of their lives. See more »

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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 »

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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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References Pretty Woman (1990) See more »

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It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
Written by Meredith Willson
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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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