A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.
An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Sarah Jessica Parker,
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
Seth Gordon inspired himself from memories of his own family Christmases, where the mood was tense, where his sister would always be after him, and where no one would want to go get his grandmother for dinner, to approach the directing on this film. 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 »
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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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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