Non-Stop Hilarity That Will Jingle Your Bells! (by zardoz-13)
Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon generate chemistry galore as a couple of cute yuppies who're afraid to get hitched in first-time director Seth Gordon's hilarious new holiday hootenanny "Four Christmases," a raucous, PG-13 rated, romantic comedy of errors complete with Three Stooges style slapstick routines. Although our protagonists think they have it made as live-in lovers, they learn eventually that the road to happiness is paved with marital vows and infants. The source of the wit in "Four Christmases" grows out of what this pair doesn't know about each <more>
other. They're compelled to cancel an exotic trip to Fiji and endure four episodes with their dysfunctional families. Quadruple the hilarity of the Ben Stiller & Terry Polo comedy "Meet the Parents," and you'll have some clue about how much you'll cackle. The cast bristles with Oscar-winning celebrity thespians such as Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Jon Voight. Mind you, "Four Christmases" isn't aimed at children, but grown-up audiences will guffaw at the misguided misanthropy of the irresponsible protagonists.Although they've been dating each other for three years, neither Brad Vince Vaughn of "Fred Claus" nor Kate Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon of "Walk the Line" have any intention of approaching the altar. Marriage would merely complicate matters for this free-spirited twosome. Anyway, marriage didn't work out for their parents who wound up divorcing. Brad and Kate shy away from that kind of commitment. Every Christmas for the last three years, they send their regrets to their parents that they won't be able to visit because they're performing charitable acts for destitute people in third world countries. Brad goes so far as to research his lies so they contain a ring of veracity. Our couple arrives at the airport to pick up their tickets when they discover to their chagrin that a pea-soup fog has grounded all flights. Matters worsen when a TV news crew captures them 'live' on camera commenting about their Fiji holiday disaster. No sooner have Brad and Kate been exposed as hypocrites than their respective family members contact them and invite them out for a bit of Christmas cheer. Reluctantly, Brad and Kate set out to make the best of a bad predicament with no idea that their lives are about to change beyond anything that they had imagined.The screenplay by Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, Jon Lucas, and Scott Moore turns out to be funnier than you'd expect considering that "Four Christmases" is formulaic frivolity from start to finish. Virtually everything that can go wrong for our heroes does, but everything works out for the best by fade-out. The comedy is predictable but nevertheless entertaining. Gordon and his writers depict our couple in the worst case scenarios.Brad and Kate visit Brad's divorced dad who keeps a stuffed skunk on the wall as well as rabbit hunting trophies. Brad has to contend with his two muscle-bound, Neanderthal-minded brothers Denver "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau and Dallas Tim McGraw , who're semi-professional cage wrestlers. They constantly embarrass poor Brad by pinning him to the floor in humiliating head and body locks and then bringing in their obnoxious brats to slap him silly. Kate learns that Brad's real name is Orlando. Brad's redneck pappy Howard Robert Duvall of "Open Range" , who drives a combine for a living, named his sons after the city where he sired them. Brad gives Howard a satellite system, but he winds up wrecking his father's house trying to install it.Things fare no better for Kate when they visit her mother, Marilyn Mary Steenburgen of "Stepbrothers" , who reveals the secrets of her daughter's past. Brad learns that Kate grew up as a goofy little fat child who got shipped off every summer to Fat Camp. Brad laughs hysterically at Kate's obese baby pictures and pokes fun at Kate's only friend, a butch gal pal, who wears an incriminating haircut. Worse, Kate's sister Courtney Kristen Chenoweth of "Stranger than Fiction" , divulges Kate's mortal fear of being trapped in an inflatable trampoline with the neighborhood kids who accused her of having cooties. Kate relives that horror after Courtney's infant barfs on her after a breast-feeding and sends her off to the bathroom for an apparel change. While she is in the bathroom, Kate experiments with a pregnancy kit, only to have Courtney's older daughter steal the kit and seek the sanctuary of a trampoline teeming with noisy urchins.As it turns out, Marilyn's latest beau is a Pentecostal minister, Pastor Phil Dwight Yoakam of "Sling Blade" , who wants volunteers to impersonate Joseph and Mary for their annual Christmas play. Marilyn volunteers Kate because her daughter played a tree in her high school play and Pastor Phil summons Brad to join her. A real child is thrust into Kate's arms, and she is clueless about what to do even when Pastor Phil provides her with instructions in the manger scene. Surprisingly, this church scene is played fairly straightforward with the laughs on our couple instead of what they are doing. Afterward, they visit Brad's mother, Paula Sissy Spacek of "Coal Miner's Daughter" , who has married Brad's best friend, collects New Age objects, and bakes marihuana in her brownies. Brad hates his best friend for tying the knot with his momma, and Kate roars when Paula tells her that Brad never wanted to stop breast feeding.Seth Gordon's claim to fame is a documentary called "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" about a father in the suburbs who struggles to rack up the highest recorded Donkey Kong video game score. The secret of Gordon's success with this hackneyed material is the way he maintains a swift pace so the gags follow each other in rapid succession. "Four Christmases" will tickle your ribs and jingle your bells for every second of its comically crisp 90 minutes.
This is one of THE movies you have to watch this year! Its just unbelievably funny. Yes I can see people whining in the forums about it but come on, get a life. This movie is made to make you laugh, not to compare it with your life and cry about it.Vince Vaughn's character is just superb. Acting is excellent as usual. All the characters have acted their best. The story was good, the direction was excellent, overall its a tenner!! Trust me, you have to watch it in the theaters and not at home. There is nothing explicit or hardcore about the movie, no x-rated scenes, no violence, no gore, <more>
don't believe what other people are writing about it, just watch it for yourself! I would keep it in my list of funniest movies of all time. If you cant really understand how Vaughn speaks because he is too fast, you probably wont understand his lines and you wont find him funny. But don't whine about the movie, learn to appreciate others and accept their good work! If you think its not funny, how about YOU go and make a movie then? Stop whining! Watch it! Its AWESOME!! 10 out of 10! Kind Regards.
I really don't know what else to say other than it was a really funny movie, even funnier than I thought it was going to be. Vince Vaughn played a really funny role, and Reese was good as well although not as funny . The actors had good chemistry together.The only thing that I didn't understand about the movie was how it was obviously set in California Bay Area , however, for some reason many members from both of their families sounded like they were from Georgia or North Carolina--didn't seem like it fit in with the plot, but whatever. It was funny and that's why I wanted <more>
to see it, and I was not disappointed. I love Christmas and I love funny movies so this was a perfect combination for me. This film will probably be the best Christmas movie of the season. So, Merry Christmas!...and see this movie!
Not the funniest movie of the year but an extremely funny & film to watch!! (by michael11391)
Vince Vaughn funniest film yet and he brought the house down in this one!!! Witherspoon was good, too & probably her funniest film since the first Legally Blonde. As mentioned, there's five Oscar winners in this film: Witherspoon, Duvall, Voight, Spacek & Steenburgen. The only ones that did their part well Duvall was very funny!! , Spacek did her part very well , Steenburgen did OK & of course, Witherspoon. For the rest of the supporting cast, Kristin Chenoweth always been a big fan of her and Jon Favreau were absolutely hilarious!! Four Christmases is NOT your typical <more>
Christmas movie, it had lots of crude dialogue & definitely not for kids who are under 13. Sure, this movie had a crazy script, too much gags and a few plot holes but it worked for me and anything with Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon & Kristin Chenoweth, I'm all right it!! Four Christmases is a extremely hilarious and fun holiday flick to watch, it's a must-see!!! 9/10!!
A great Christmas movie with a great vibe (by robertallenandersonjr)
Four Christmases was an extremely funny movie. This movie was perfect for Christmas time and had all the vibe of Christmas spirit in it. I think the story lacked a little bit and the movie really never did have much heart in it. It did have many funny parts in the movie but could've been better. I thought the movie was mostly selfish with all of the characters. If you erase all the flaws though then you will absolutely love this movie. I did love this movie to a certain extent. The acting was very good. All the actors played their parts very well. I thought that the idea of the couple <more>
running back and fourth from house to house was great. They easily could've added more to the story then just that though. Overall the movie was entertaining and great to watch.
Not for the family, but very funny! (by Bleeding_Rubies)
It is definitely not your average Christmas movie, but Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon did the best they could with it. Although it had very Tropic-Thunder-esquire humor and made jokes of some mildly controversial topics, it was not a bad film. It told the story of two people who wanted nothing more than to spend their vacation in Fiji, away from their divorced parents and four families. Personally, I thought that this movie was borderline rated-R. I was a little shocked when I walked out of the film, wondering how it could've gotten a PG-13 rating, when in fact, I would never take my <more>
13 year old brother to ever see this movie.I loved it though! The Joseph scene with Vince Vaughn was the absolute best! Be warned also that almost all of the characters are somehow obsessed with sex or are the center of some sexual joke. Also, although, in the beginning, I did think that Reese and Vince made an odd couple their height difference was hilariously noticeable, especially when Vince consistently put his hand on Reese's head , I fell in love with them in the end. Very nice movie, but very, very dirty humor. 9/10 stars.
To be fair, I should explain right away I had no intention of seeing this movie at all not to mention Vince Vaughn hasn't done anything very good like Swingers and Made in some time to me, Wedding Crashers and The Break Up were just O.K. . In fact, the bitter taste from last year's disappointing Fred Claus was still present when my girlfriend said she wanted to see this movie tonight. Of course, I cringed at the idea while mildly protesting but eventually gave in with the prospect of secretly indulging in an unspoken "I told you so". Only kidding, that thought never crossed <more>
my mind...Anyways, I didn't even really know what this was about before seeing it but it didn't take long for the plot to be outlined after a pretty funny scene at the airport. Basically, after 3 years of avoiding spending time with their families on Christmas remember, you can't spell families without "lies" , Kate and Brad find themselves in an unfortunate situation this year that forces them to spend Christmas with their divorced parents and very dysfunctional siblings. This concept could go either way for me because I really liked Christmas Vacation but disliked The Family Stone. Fortunately, just as it started out great this continued to be more like Christmas Vacation all the way through with several laugh out loud funny dialog and various slapstick that had the whole theater roaring with laughter. One of my favorite parts was a Nativity play where Vince Vaughn effectively delivers some hilarious over the top scenery chewing that had everybody in stitches... well, except Kate.As funny as I thought this was, it wouldn't be a real Christmas movie without delivering some sort of constructive message among all the chaos. Since I can empathize with Vaughn in his situation with Kate, the film's resolution probably had more personal impact for me. I can also understand the criticism that most of the talented cast was wasted in comparison because the family situations were not addressed equally. What I liked the most about the film's brief serious turn is it wasn't syrupy while providing some genuine touching moments thanks to the believable acting skills of Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn and of course the two screen legends, Bobby DuVall and Jon Voight. Best Christmas movie I've seen since Bad Santa and yes, I will listen to my girlfriend's suggestions without being such a Scrooge from now on:
This very funny, very sharp little comedy is fast becoming the underrated cult film of the year. Though a couple of high-profile critics have embraced its sophisticated blend of funny lines, great performances, and occasional forays into dumb-ass slapstick, the majority of folks seem to reject it. It will be a classic in years to come, however. Vaughn and Witherspoon are an odd couple for the ages, and the all-star supporting cast boasts at least two incredibly accomplished performances, Sissy Spacek's and Jon Favreau's. Seth Gordon fulfills the promise of "The King of <more>
Kong." I expect fantastic things from him in the future.The movie is a criminally underrated gem. Not great, but very, very good. And a keeper for sure.
I originally had no intention of seeing this file at all; especially since Fred Claus felt like a lump of coal in my proverbial stocking. But I'm glad I did. I agree with some comments about it lacking Christmas spirit but seeing as how I'm a big Scrooge at heart, that's one of the reasons why I loved it. I laughed a lot at the darkness of their anti-Christmas humor.The shining light in this film is Vince Vaughn himself who's fast talking wit is incredible. Like in Wedding Crashers a fav of mine , he's mouths off a million words a minute. It's hilarious. Vince's <more>
on screen family is a total crack up with the whole MMA fighting and spray cheese. Love it.Reese Witherspoon never disappoints either she's got the personality to keep Vince on his toes. Snappy and smart.Don't go into this one looking for heartwarming, yuletide cheer, but if you want a good laugh at some crazy characters and snappy dialog then this is the one to see.