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Deck the Halls (2006)

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Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

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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 Huggo

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The battle of the bulbs begins November 22nd. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for some crude and suggestive humor, and for language | See all certifications »

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22 November 2006 (USA)  »

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All Lit Up  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,001,256, 24 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,092,918, 4 February 2007
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Matthew Broderick is married to Sarah Jessica Parker, who is Kristin Davis' co-star and good friend from the Sex and the City franchise. See more »

Goofs

Steve in the runaway sleigh slides across a frozen pond and then falls through the ice. He does so just a few feet away from a man ice fishing on that same lake with a small lodge, which would weigh nearly as much as the sleigh. However, the lodge hasn't just scraped the ice with sleigh runners, which would cut through the ice. The lodge would have been there for a while and the ice would have formed under it and be thicker. See more »

Quotes

Tia Hall: This is the most clothes they have worn in years!
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas with the Kranks (2009) See more »

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Written by Francis Scott Key (as F.S. Key)
Arranged by John Cacavas
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A comedy with no humor...
27 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

...unless you're maybe 8 years old, in which case the sight gags might keep you amused. For a while. Matthew Broderick should be ashamed for getting himself mixed up in a mess like this. He's good at playing straight men, but his deadpan delivery of this lousy script will have you checking your watch frequently. It's a particular waste of his comedy talent, which is well-documented. Danny DeVito once again demonstrates that his career peaked about 10 years ago as he mopes his way through the story. Just when you think you've got his character figured out, he does something that takes you back to square one. Is he a nice guy? A scumbag? A criminal? It could be any of those things, or none. God knows the ending doesn't give you any ultimate idea. I don't really know, and I don't really care. Avoid this film unless you have nothing better to do at the mall except wait for a swollen molar to subside. It's about the only thing that seems less appealing than sitting through this turkey.


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