Optometrist Steve Finch loves those Christmas traditions he has set up with his family and his town. As such, he has a schedule of activities for his family starting on December 1st, and is the official unofficial consultant for anything Christmas related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move in to the house across the street from the Finch's. The Halls in general are different in outlook and temperament than the Finches. Unlike Steve, Buddy Hall scams his way through life and never follows through with anything he starts. While Kelly Finch and Tia Hall - Steve's wife and Buddy's wife respectively - and their children begin friendships based largely on those differences, Steve and Buddy butt heads based on those differences. It begins with Buddy striving to have his house seen from outer space by decorating it as lavishly and brightly as possible. One of the results of Buddy's task his that he becomes the new go to guy for anything ... Written by
According to Gillian Vigman, the main actors were unhappy on set. Kristin Chenoweth was still coping with her split from Aaron Sorkin, Danny De Vito flew in to film his scenes rather than interact with anyone, and Matthew Broderick could be found on set shaking his head in disbelief, repeatedly stating "I've hit rock bottom." See more »
When Steve takes out Buddies power with the snow ball all the lights go out. There should still be some lights as we know that Buddy is stealing part of his power via extension cord from Steve's house. See more »
[about her daughters]
I pray every day for the strength to not run them over with the truck.
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Shame on Matthew and Danny for making this awful film. However did the cool Ferris Bueller turn into this silly,unfunny character? It is bad in so many ways but the biggest sin is pinching most of its material from Lampoons Christmas Vacation. What an insult to Chevy and the gang, who's classic is a Christmas tradition. Did the makers not realise that true comedy must have a tiny shred of believability to be remotely funny? This was a blatant case of jumping on the bandwagon. Cramming in one situation after another without thought for continuity or subtlety. I only watched it through so as not to offend my wife who had suggested the film. But I was desperate for it to finish.
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