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- Four Christmases
- Runtime:88 min
- Release Date:2016-12-08 20:58:50
- Director: Seth Gordon
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
MOVIE REVIEW:Four Christmases
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as a career couple who never
want to spend Christmas with their families. A trip to Fiji goes awry
due to weather problems and they are interviewed on live television
which blows their cover. So the two agree to visit their various
families on Christmas day which leads to all kinds of unforeseen
disasters. Robert Duvall is Vaughn's tough dad, Jon Favreau and Tim
McGraw his trained fighter brothers who love to bully him, and Sissy
Spacek as his mom "robbing the cradle" married to his childhood friend.
Reese has a foxy mother(Mary Steenburgen)dating a preacher(Dwight
Yoakam who has one of those giant congregations), a
sister-in-law(Kristen Chenoweth)who tells Vaughn all sorts of
uncomfortable details about his girlfriend's past, and a father(Jon
Voight)who has never been fooled by her excuses on why she hadn't
visited him over the last few years. This mega-cast appear in
light-hearted bits, each incorporating their minor parts with enough
quirks and personality to leave a decent impression. Vaughn's mishaps
putting up a satellite dish for his disapproving father(and the damage
resulting to his house) and performance as Joseph(to Reese's Mary)are
highlights, as is Reese's incident inside a "Jump-Jump" trying to
commandeer a pregnancy test while the kids gang up on her(playing
keep-away). There's nothing particularly memorable which beckons repeat
viewings at Christmas time, because even the supporting cast have such
limited time to truly work their magic–while their star power is quite
an asset, and certain individual scenes give the characters some
moments, the film really never quite utilizes them to the fullest. The
"conflict" regarding Vaughn and Reese feels rather forced(as if the
filmmakers needed to include complications to have them return to each
other having "learned a valuable lesson"), but I think they have some
good scenes together. I didn't buy the ending where the couple decide
to "add a third member" because it seems they aren't keen on "being
tied down" as if it was the only way to keep them together after what
they endure throughout the movie.
I don't normally write bad reviews, but this one deserves it.
First off, an actor like Vince gives Hollywood a bad name considering
all the movies he's been in have been extremely raunchy and crude. The
only good movie he was ever in was The lost World; Jrassic Park.
Secondly, there are countless remarks of unsettling opinions to the
other characters – excluding the fact that Vince's best friend in the
movie, basically marries his mother. That in itself is more than
twisted – that's gross! The scenes that include Mary Steenbergen are a
complete mockery to the Bible and she doesn't even make much of an
effort to pretend to be much of a quote on quote Christian.
In the long run, I hope the movie comes back to the producers to haunt
them for ridiculing the most sacred holiday that mankind has ever
known. It was a waste of m y money and I would say that there's nothing
good about this film, even though the producers are tying to get an
important message across.
After reading good and bad reviews regarding this movie, I see now
where the discrepancy lies. If this movie is reviewed on the merits of
a classic, feel-good holiday flick, it is going to come up short. If it
is viewed as a romantic comedy about a couple having to endure their
displeasing family members for the sake of Christmas, I think it works
well and is enjoyable. Vince Vaughn and to a lesser extent, Reese
Witherspoon bring their usual charm to the movie. Vaughn's usual
swagger is present and keeps the movie fresh and fun. Only in the last
20 minutes after some classic, romantic comedy soul-searching, is there
some drag. As a romantic comedy goes, this is a movie you can sit down
with your girl and it not become a painful experience. For that, it
gets a good rating.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
WOW? One would think that a cast of Oscar Winners, in a film set at
Christmas time would be a pleasurable movie. I really wanted to like
this, BUT it was so lame, it just was not that funny or enjoyable.
The director was Seth Gordon, there were four writers of the
screenplay,Maybe if it was all 'ad libbed' it would have been funnier.
The cast are all top draw persons. Vince Vaughn & Reese Witherspoon are
the leads, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Mary Steenbergen Sissy Spacek,are
their parents, Jon Favenau & Dwight Yoakum are featured..
With this cast, we should have been treated to a gem of a movie,.
We never feel the joy of the season.
The best thing I can say is that the movie is short only 82 minutes
before the credits roll.
It really should have been a much better film.
Ratings: **1/2 (out of 4) 72 points (out of 100) IMDb 6 (out of 10)
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