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Four Christmases (2008)

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

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Seth Gordon

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Matt Allen (screenplay) (as Matt R. Allen), Caleb Wilson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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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Taglines:

Pour eux les fêtes sont un vrai cauchemar. (For them the holidays are a real nightmare.) 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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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Four Christmases See more »

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:

$163,733,697
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Patrick Van Horn appeared in Swingers (1996). See more »

Goofs

When "Ken" and "Daphne" were having sex in the bathroom, "Daphne" ripped "Ken's" shirt off. You can see the buttons flying. Yet in the next scene when they are coming out of the bathroom, "Ken's" shirt was buttoned up nicely. See more »

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Howard: Your grandmother's boyfriend is a first-class ass sniffer! And you can tell him that I said so.
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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 »

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It's Christmas . . . and we want to watch them suffer
22 November 2008 | by javaman-7See all my reviews

Java Man Reviews "Four Christmases" (PG-13) Directed by Seth Gordon. Written by Matt R. Allen & Caleb Wilson and Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek, Jon Favreau, Carol Kane, Kristin Chenoweth and Tim McGraw. Originally appeared in LakewoodBuzz.com November, 2008.

OVERVIEW:

Brad and Kate (Vaughn and Witherspoon) are a happily UNmarried San Francisco couple who have a unique holiday tradition: Every year they embark upon a Christmas vacation to a sunny locale after fibbing to their families about where they are bound. This year they say, Burma for charity work, but it's really Fiji for frolicking. As they head for the airport, we see the Golden Gate bridge shrouded in fog. All flights are canceled, and worse yet, they get caught on camera when the nightly news does a segment on stranded passengers. They're busted . . . and expected to show up at each of their four divorced parents' homes for Christmas. If you are part of a dysfunctional family (and you know that you are), then just imagine your worst Christmas ever, and multiply that by four.

REVIEW: 2.5 out of 4 Java Mugs

You would think that when Brad and Kate find that their flight to Fiji has been canceled, it would arouse sympathy in the audience. Well, forget it! If we have to live through another family Christmas, so do they. In fact, we want to watch them suffer, because, as it turns out, their Christmas Day is going to turn out much worse than yours or mine.

The story is simple, and we have seen much of it before. With four divorced parents, their partners, and an array of siblings and step-siblings, every archetype of family dysfunction is on display. Brad gets ambushed and assaulted by his cage-fighting brothers (Favreau and McGraw), as Kate looks on in shock. Kate is humiliated about her childhood eating habits by her sister and mother (Chenoweth and Steenburgen), as Brad looks on in shock. There are children behaving badly and projectile vomiting babies. You get the idea.

There are a few truly humorous scenes, such as a family game of Taboo, during which Brad and Kate discover that they really don't know one another that well.

Performances are lively, and much of it seems improvised. The four parents are played by academy award winners Duval, Steenburgen, Spacek and Voight. While each did a respectable job, I don't think they need to figure on limousine-pooling to the Oscars next year. One of the most memorable characters is created by Chenoweth, as Kate's stressed-out big sister.

After a day of quadruple Christmases, Brad and Kate will surely decide to NEVER get married and NEVER have kids.

But what's that I hear? Tick . . . tick . . . tick.


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