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Four Christmases (2008) Poster

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Many of the film's key scenes were improvised.
During the filming of the dinner sequence, Reese Witherspoon was hit in the face with a ceramic plate. She required 5 stitches as a result of the injury, which delayed the shoot for 3 days.
According to director Seth Gordon, the film's subject is the difficulty all people have of reconciling who they are and the person they're supposed to be, which is why it's so hard to spend Christmas with one's family and why it can engender uneasiness. Naturally, he also felt Christmas was an amazing playground for comedy.
Cast includes two Country-Western singers (Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw) and three people who have won Oscars for playing Country-Western singers (Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005), Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies (1983) and Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980))
Vernon Vaughn - Vince Vaughn's real-life father - makes a cameo as a Church Goer during Christmas play. He is sitting right behind Reese Witherspoon. He has had cameo roles in several of Vince's films including Swingers (1996), Made (2001), and The Break-Up (2006).
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.
Star/producer Vince Vaughn, actor/executive producer Peter Billingsley and actor Jon Favreau are all very good friends in real life and have collaborated on several other projects together, in different capacities.
Vince Vaughn didn't go out to promote the film after it was rumored in gossip columns that he and Reese Witherspoon did not get along throughout filming.
Howard's house was built from scratch in the Shadow Hills area of south California, with a reinforced roof that could stand the weight of the actors and the camera crew. Some of the crew were unaware of this and were surprised when they went into the house to find it completely empty, something which director Seth Gordon is very proud of.
In order to develop the characters and give each of them an identity, director Seth Gordon drew up detailed timelines of their lives.
The film started production during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, which meant that there could be no changes made to the script during filming.
All four actors portraying the parents are Oscar winners for acting. Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies (1983)), Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)), Jon Voight (Coming Home (1978)), and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)).
Be it the screenwriters, the director or the stars, everyone contributed if only slightly to the film's story by sharing their own experiences.
Seth Gordon was hired as director at Vince Vaughn's insistence, Vaughn being a fan of Gordon's acclaimed documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007).
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.
According to star/producer Vince Vaughn, the film's message is that the point of Christmas is to get together with all the members of one's family, be they good, bad or ugly, to be thankful of their love, and of course to have fun.
One of three screenplays mentioned by Blake Snyder in his book Save the Cat as an example of a good logline. It is the only one of the scripts mentioned that became a completed film. He also says that all three spec scripts sold in the 6-7 figure range.
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Reunites Vince Vaughn with his Swingers (1996) co-stars Jon Favreau and Patrick Van Horn.
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Jon Favreau played Monica's millionaire boyfriend Pete in Friends (1994) but they broke up when he wanted to become the ultimate cage fighter. In this movie, he plays a cage fighter.
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Rock'm sock'm robots were in both this movie (Howard's house) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002) (on the wedding cake), also starring Reese Witherspoon.
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The director Seth Gordon also directed the acclaimed documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007). One of the subjects in this documentary was Steve Wiebe who also appears in this film.
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