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Four Christmases (2008)

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

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Storyline

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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Anywhere But Home  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,069,826, 30 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,146,040, 12 February 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,733,697
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

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 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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