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Four Christmases
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12.14.2009 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Seth Gordon

Actors:
Vince Vaughn
Reese Witherspoon
Jon Favreau

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When their annual tradition of tropical vacationing during Christmas goes awry, a couple must instead visit all four of their divorced parent’s families in one day.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You know those lazy improv-driven comedies that Vince Vaughn started making once he put on a few pounds? What about those horrible rom-coms Reese Witherspoon has wasted her Oscar on? Combine those two with your stereotypical annual holiday movie and you have FOUR CHRISTMASES—forgettable entertainment for the easily amused masses.

Ironically, this shares pretty much the same setup as another horrible seasonal film, the Ben Affleck snoozer SURVIVING CHRISTMAS. Both are about people who avoid Christmas by going to Fiji learning about the importance of family, and both are horrible, inappropriate films for the holidays. It can’t be that bad right? Highlights include Reese Witherspoon beating up children in a moon bounce and a young girl putting a peed-on pregnancy test in her mouth. Great fun for the whole family! And as bad as the majority of the movie is, they still manage to shoehorn a ridiculous feel good ending that’s completely unearned and undeserved. It’s like the screenwriters got to the end of the movie and were like, “Oh crap, we forgot the Christmas family message. Let’s make the guy afraid of commitment and having kids. That’s fresh…”

The actual comedy in FOUR CHRISTMASES is about as subtle as the plot. One family is made of inbred Neanderthals (UFC fighting hilarity!), one family is made of religious cougars (ironic sex jokes!), one family consists of Vince Vaughn’s mother banging his lifelong best friend (more uncomfortable sex jokes!), and…well, you get the picture. There are a couple funny one liners courtesy of Vaughn, and some funny sight gags (fat baby Reese), but everything is incredibly cliché, predictable drivel. As is the case with many movies, the best parts are when Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn get together. Even if most of the scenes involve Favreau mounting or humping him.

Besides Vaughn and Favs, there’s a plethora of wasted talent in this movie. The four parents are all played by Oscar winners (Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen) and none of them are given anything to do. Same goes for Kristen Chenowith and country stars turned actors Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw. Granted, everyone has limited screentime, but no member of the supporting cast besides Favreau does anything memorable. In fact, nobody involved with this movie does anything memorable.
THE EXTRAS
Holiday Moments (10:50): A lot of random stuff is shoehorned in to this featurette—interviews with the cast, their Christmas memories, behind the scenes footage, set design, plot summary – the works.

HBO First Look (13:02): A generic Making Of with lots of fluff.

Deleted Scenes (8:20): Seven quick scenes… more of fat Reese, Gram-Gram being inappropriate, and an alternate ending where the family all comes together four years later. A couple funny moments, but mostly the same stale comedy.

Gag Reel (2:34): A lot of improv gone wrong and Vaughn and Favreau making each other laugh, but most of it’s tame and lame.

Seven Layer Holiday Meals in a Flash (10:08): Food Network star Paula Deen and Katy Mixon’s character from the movie (Favreau’s wife) get together to teach you how to make a healthy holiday meal. Just kidding, they make a salad using mayonnaise, bologna, bacon and cheese.

A Digital Copy is also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Just as bad as you expect a generic Christmas movie from Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon to be. A waste of a great cast, especially Vaughn and Favreau.

Extra Tidbit: Director Seth Gordon also helmed the fantastic documentary KING OF KONG, of which Vince Vaughn was a big fan.
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