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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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John Whitesell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Buddy Hall
Matthew Broderick ... Steve Finch
Kristin Davis ... Kelly Finch
Kristin Chenoweth ... Tia Hall
Alia Shawkat ... Madison Finch
Dylan Blue ... Carter Finch
Kelly Aldridge Kelly Aldridge ... Ashley Hall
Sabrina Aldridge Sabrina Aldridge ... Emily Hall
Jorge Garcia ... Wallace
Fred Armisen ... Gustave
Gillian Vigman ... Gerta
Ryan Devlin ... Bob Murray
Sean O'Bryan ... Mayor Young
SuChin Pak ... Herself
Jackie Burroughs ... Mrs. Ryor
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

This Christmas when the lights go on . . . the gloves come off See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Lit Up See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the Christmas competition theme of this film, Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito are actually Jewish in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Steve and Kelly Finch are first talking about getting a Christmas tree in their kitchen, you can see Carter Finch starting to walk toward the kitchen; as soon as you see his foot land on the step down into the kitchen the camera transitions to a wider shot and Carter is now about two or three feet back from the step and is still walking toward the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Tia Hall: [about her daughters] I pray every day for the strength to not run them over with the truck.
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Connections

Referenced in October Road: Deck the Howls (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Baby
Written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer (as Phillip Springer) and Tony Springer
Performed by Transcenders featuring Terry Dexter
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There could have been a few more laughs
23 November 2006 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

Every year there is a Christmas movie released, and it's always the typical family friendly flick that gets pretty annoying and predictable, in fact there really hasn't been any good Christmas movies past Home Alone and Christmas Vacation. When I saw the trailer to Deck the Halls, I was so excited, because I'm a fan of Danny and Matthew, they're both great comedic actors and this seemed like a great film for Christmas and how obsessive people are over the holidays.

Steve is a family man who is intending to make the holidays brighter for his depressed kids and over shadowed wife, he is also love by the community. A new family moves in across the street, Buddy and his family are genuinely nice people but rub Steve off the wrong way, especially since Buddy is upset that his house cannot be seen from outer space and figures that Christmas lights will fix that problem. While all the other family members of both guys are getting along great, the guys end up competing with each other to see who will be the Christmas King of the town.

Matthew and Danny who you'd think would be the perfect comedic duo actually didn't spark anything that grabbed me and the jokes were pretty predictable. While this movie was over all a slight disappointment, actually, I'd say there are a few good little laughs her and there, it is a cute Christmas movie, but like I said, just stick with the classic Christmas comedies.

5/10


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