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
This is the second film Kristin Davis and Lochlyn Munro both appear in; the first was Blacktop (2000) See more »
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 »
I used to do a bit of modeling, mainly for college classes. That's how I met Buddy.
Oh, was he a professor?
No, he was the one they caught peeping in the windows.
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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.
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