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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 »
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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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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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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anywhere But Home 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,146,040, 12 February 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,733,697
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 is referring. See more »

Goofs

When Brad and Kate are playing backgammon on the sofa he shows her where to move her pieces by moving one clockwise and one counterclockwise. In backgammon a player's pieces move in one direction. See more »

Quotes

Brad: I'm sorry, I didn't know there was a ten dollar spending cap.
Howard: Well, maybe if you came home more than once a decade, you'd know crap like that!
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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

References When Animals Attack! (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bell Rock
Written by Joe Beal (as Joe Beal) and Jim Boothe (as Jim Boothe)
Performed by Bobby Helms and The Anita Kerr Singers
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cute movie but interesting editing or lack thereof..
13 December 2008 | by motherlee2001See all my reviews

My friend and I saw this movie tonight and did get a few laughs. We really liked the cast and thought overall the movie was "cute".

We both noticed how Reese Witherspoon's hair kept "changing".. In the same clip the camera would be on her and her bangs would be straight and side-swept. Camera goes to Vince Vaughn. Camera goes back to Witherspoon and her bangs are fuller and covering her forehead. The color would change from scene to scene. It was bizarre. We laughed more at the hair issue than the movie itself. We wondered how many others in the audience noticed. It was really obvious.

Clearly we are easily entertained... ;-)


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