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Four Christmases (2008)

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

Director:

Seth Gordon

Writers:

Matt Allen (screenplay) (as Matt R. Allen), Caleb Wilson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Brad
Reese Witherspoon ... Kate
Robert Duvall ... Howard
Sissy Spacek ... Paula
Jon Voight ... Creighton
Jon Favreau ... Denver
Mary Steenburgen ... Marilyn
Dwight Yoakam ... Pastor Phil
Tim McGraw ... Dallas
Kristin Chenoweth ... Courtney
Katy Mixon ... Susan
Colleen Camp ... Aunt Donna
Jeanette Miller ... Gram-Gram
Jack Donner ... Grandpa
Steve Wiebe ... Jim
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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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Four families, one day, no mercy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When talking about not being married after the dance lesson, Brad (Vince Vaughn) refers to the famous short story "The Most Dangerous Game", written by Richard Connell in 1924. The story dealt with a wealthy Cossack who hunts men on his private island, the scenario to which Brad refers. See more »

Goofs

When Kate first enters the "Jump-Jump", she has her shoes on. When she is attacked by the kids and falls out of it, her shoes are off. See more »

Quotes

Howard: Boys, I don't want to speak ill of your mother on Christmas, but she's nothing but a common street whore.
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Alternate Versions

The French release, distributed by Metropolitan Filmexport replaces the opening title card with one featuring the French title "Tout...Sauf En Famille" (which translates to Anywhere...Except Amongst Family) instead of having the original English title and subtitling it with the French one as is more common. Also, while an English title is displayed during the end credits, that one is not "Four Christmases" but "Anywhere But Home", the international English title for the film. See more »

Connections

Features The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby It's Cold Outside
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Dean Martin with Martina McBride
Courtesy of Capitol Records and RCA Nashville
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Great Cast, Questionable Script
30 November 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Four Christmases (2008)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

It's hard to believe that a comedy like this would feature five Academy Award winners but that's the case and the end results aren't as bad as some critics made them appear. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play the perfect couple who enjoy their lives together, which doesn't include their family. After a lie they've been telling is blown, they're forced to visit all four of their divorced parents in one day. This comedy is certainly as light weight as they come but the terrific cast makes it worth watching even though you'll still be scratching your head wondering how so many Oscar-winners ended up in one film. You have Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen playing all the parents but you also have famous faces like Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam filling out supporting roles. With all these famous faces you can't help but stay mildly entertained throughout the rather short 89-minute running time. The jokes are all rather childish but this is a family comedy after all. We get several jokes with Witherspoon not liking children yet having to hold them only to get screamed at or puked on. We have other small jokes like Vaughn's brothers being wannabe wrestlers. We get jokes dealing with showing pictures that all parents show to embarrass their kids. Some of the humor is a darker, sexual related but it all gets minor laughs. There's certainly nothing here that's going to make you fall on the ground laughing but if you enjoy cheap humor then you'll certainly want to check it out. The cast has Vaughn leading the way giving his best Vaughn performance that only Vaughn could give. Witherspoon once again proves to be better than the material at hand, which is something happening quite a bit. Spacek and Voight doesn't get too much screen time but Duvall ends up with a pretty good role as the redneck dad. Again, this isn't the greatest comedy in the world and I'm sure it'll soon be forgotten but if you have a Redbox near you then it's certainly worth a dollar.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,069,826, 30 November 2008

Gross USA:

$120,146,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,112,721
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1.85 : 1
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