Four Christmases

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Overview

A crafty couple run the Christmas Day gauntlet by racing to visit their divorced parents' four separate households in this Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon comedy that proves the holidays are no time for relaxing. Brad Vaughn and Kate Witherspoon have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust -- big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is embarrassed to see their ruse exposed ...
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Overview

A crafty couple run the Christmas Day gauntlet by racing to visit their divorced parents' four separate households in this Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon comedy that proves the holidays are no time for relaxing. Brad Vaughn and Kate Witherspoon have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust -- big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is embarrassed to see their ruse exposed to the world by an overzealous television reporter. Now, Brad and Kate are left with precious little choice other than to swallow their pride and suffer the rounds. Along the way, they perform in a church nativity play at the behest of Kate's mother's Mary Steenburgen pushy pastor Phil Dwight Yoakam, contend with Brad's gruff father, Howard Robert Duvall, and bullying brothers, Dallas Jon Favreau and Denver Tim McGraw -- a pair of trained UFC fighters -- and pay a visit to Brad's spacy, New Age mother, Paula Sissy Spacek, who recently made waves in the family circle by marrying her son's childhood friend.
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Editorial Reviews

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Holiday comedies are basically a pass/fail situation; almost no movie produced exclusively for people who are already at the mall and feeling seasonally inclined from hearing the Muzak version of "Santa Baby" 18 times is going to be an opus of hilarity. Holiday movies can, however, be really bad or at least really mediocre, which is arguably worse, so it's not like there's nothing to strive for in the genre. Lucky for Four Christmases, it passes -- not with flying colors, but not by the skin of its teeth either. It's well acted and it's entertaining -- and who can resist a movie where Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are brothers, and Robert Duvall is their dad? It probably helps that the premise is fairly unique. Happy couple Brad and Kate Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon have a great relationship, full of enjoyed mutual activities like ballroom dance classes and sexual role play. Like a lot of young people, they're long past admitting that their respective families are a zillion kinds of crazy, so every year the two orchestrate an alibi, drop gifts in the mail, and hightail it out of town for Christmas. Unfortunately, this particular year turns out a little differently when their airline gets grounded by fog on the morning of their departure -- an event that would only minorly change their plans, if it weren't for the local news anchor broadcasting live from the airport who catches Brad and Kate in the camera's crosshairs and effectively announces to their families that they'll be very much stuck in town for the holiday. So now, with no excuse to get them out of it, they have to visit all four homes of their collective parents in one day which is an hour and 22 minutes in audience years. Each household is a different breed of funny/crazy/terrifying, starting with Brad's father, a grumbling old blue-collar retiree played by Robert Duvall. This stop consists of streaking redneck children, dad insisting he can install his own satellite dish, and continued attacks by Brad's amateur UFC brothers Jon Favreau and Tim McGraw. Next it's off to Kate's mom's house, a WASPish, doily-covered suburban home full of catty passive-aggression and cougary repressed flirtatious outbursts mostly toward Brad, since all other men in the house have been long since broken. Kate's mom Mary Steenburgen has recently discovered religion, which is to say she's dating Pastor Phil, a reverend/local celebrity from the neighborhood Pentecostal rock-concert-style revival church, and this creates an extra dose of weirdness for the couple, when she drags them to mass. So then Brad and Kate visit the next parent on the list, then the next -- you get the idea. It's a cleverly written movie, and outside the awesomely gross vomit gags and just-painful-enough-looking slapstick, there's always the underlying feeling that what you're seeing is eerily familiar. These are people you've been stuck with at parties or meals, trying desperately to avoid talking about politics, money, or any other disastrously substantive topic; the trashy ones who serve food you don't want to touch, the backbiting ones who talk smack about your marital status, the super normal ones who wait years to throw an awkwardness curveball at you by suddenly getting way, way into religion. It's spot-on "funny because it's true" humor, which may not be a particularly genius page out of the comedy playbook, but after a day of unwrapping presents with people who share your DNA -- and sap your will to live -- it doesn't have to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2009
  • UPC: 794043130113
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,118

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Katy Mixon Susan
Kristin Chenoweth Courtney
Colleen Camp Aunt Donna
Jeanette Miller Gram-Gram
Jack Donner Gandpa
Steve Wiebe Jim
Zak Boggan Cody
Skyler Gisondo Connor
True Bella Kasi
Patrick Van Horn Darryl
Cedric Yarbrough Stan
Brian Baumgartner Eric
Peter Billingsley Ticket agent
Technical Credits
Seth Gordon Director
Simone Aemekias-Siegl Makeup
Matt Allen Original Story, Screenwriter
Michael Atwell Art Director
Gary Barber Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Peter Billingsley Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Oana Bogdan Art Director
Bob Bowen Musical Direction/Supervision
Dan Bradford Set Decoration/Design
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Gretchen Davis Makeup
Sophie De Rakoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Disco Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Derek Evans Co-producer
Shepherd Frankel Production Designer
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Daniel B. Gold Camera Operator
Geoff Haley Camera Operator
Mark Helfrich Editor
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography
Mark Kaufman Executive Producer
Melissa Kent Editor
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Jon Lucas Screenwriter
Scott Moore Screenwriter
Rip Murray Asst. Director
Leo Napolitano Camera Operator
Udi Nedivi Co-producer
Andrea Pino Makeup
Guy Reidel Executive Producer
Guy Riedel Executive Producer
Mary Rohlich Associate Producer
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Vince Vaughn Producer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Caleb Wilson Original Story, Screenwriter
Alex Wurman Score Composer
Seth Yanklewitz Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four Christmases
1. I'm Talkin' To You [3:49]
2. Why Marry? [2:47]
3. No Families Without Lies [4:17]
4. Grounded [3:17]
5. Orlando In A Headlock [4:06]
6. Tag Us In [4:06]
7. Gift Thrift Blues [4:11]
8. Breaking Point [4:54]
9. Cougar And Cooties [3:36]
10. Making Stinky [2:50]
11. The Past and the Curious [3:36]
12. Katie Jump-Jump [3:33]
13. Do Not Throw Rocks [2:02]
14. Nativity Volunteers [3:31]
15. Swaddling This Baby [3:53]
16. Little Bit Weird [4:04]
17. Buzzwords [:02]
18. Tired Of One Foot In [4:57]
19. Family Time [4:00]
20. Talking Appraisals [4:45]
21. Talking About It [3:17]
22. We're Doing Great [2:39]
23. End Credits [1:37]
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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    I don't buy movies, but when I got having a B&N gift card, I

    I don't buy movies, but when I got having a B&N gift card, I thought of getting movies. This was one of the first movies I thought about because it just gushes with comedy; has one of those messages that makes you look at your life and how you can make it better. Reese and Vince just have a great connection. One of my favorites.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hilarious!

    I finally watched this movie, even though Christmas has since passed. Exceptionally funny movie, I thought. If you are into Christmas movies or various romantic comedy & such, this movie is pretty darn funny, and heart felt in the long run. It has a good message about being honest to the ones your love, and the importance of family. I would recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it

    It was funnier than I expected.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Relatable

    The movie is hilarious and though there are outrageous characters that are much more comical than most peoples families in real life, its very relatable. I wish I could go out of town for the holidays too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved it.

    Its a great Christmas movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Some funny stuff

    Honesty i've got to say this is the funniest movi I have seen in a long long time. Was skeptical on getting because I thought Couples Retreat was horrible. Vince Vaughn horrible once horrible twice right?? Not the case. This is worth adding to the collection!!

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