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 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 ... Ashley Hall
Sabrina Aldridge ... Emily Hall
Jorge Garcia ... Wallace
Fred Armisen ... Gustave
Gillian Vigman ... Gerta
Ryan Devlin ... Bob Murray
Sean O'Bryan ... Mayor Young
SuChin Pak ... Self
Jackie Burroughs ... Mrs. Ryor
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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 1, and is the unofficial consultant for anything Christmas-related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move into the house across the street from the Finches'. 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 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 is that he becomes the new go-to guy for anything Christmas-related in Cloverdale, usurping Steve's coveted ... Written by Huggo

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The brightest holiday comedy of the year! (DVD) 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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Trivia

This is the second film Kristin Davis and Lochlyn Munro both appear in; the first was Blacktop (2000) See more »

Goofs

When Steve takes out Buddy's power with the snowball, all the lights go out. There should still be *some* lights, as Buddy is stealing part of his power via extension cord from Steve's house. See more »

Quotes

Tia Hall: I used to do a bit of modeling, mainly for college classes. That's how I met Buddy.
Kelly Finch: Oh, was he a professor?
Tia Hall: No, he was the one they caught peeping in the windows.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Krampus (2020) See more »

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
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Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin
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My family thought it was cute
25 November 2006 | by amicon-1See all my reviews

The reviews and the comments were quite harsh, so I decided to take the gamble and go see it. Glad I made that decision. I laughed and so did my wife and 13 year old daughter. The 11 year old boy didn't spend nearly as much time laughing.

Some of the funniest scenes are in the trailers, as with the majority of movies, but there were a number of surprises.

It starts out great and does slide downhill just a bit. Maybe they ran out of good material towards the end... Or possibly they wanted to actually make a statement, about the seriousness of Christmas. Either way, I would not pay to see it again, but I would rent it or watch it on TV.

Merry Christmas...


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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, 26 November 2006

Gross USA:

$35,093,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,232,776
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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