Thursday, December 6, 2012
Christmas Movie Review: Four Christmases
I can't remember if I first saw this on TV or rented it, but it is a really funny movie and has become one of my must sees for the Christmas season. It has already been on TBS several times.
Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) never spend Christmas at home. They always go on exotic vacations, but tell their families they are doing charity work, like innoculating babies in 3rd world countries. This year they are going to Figi and leaving on Christmas Eve, but dense fog cancels all the flights. On top of that, a reporter sees them at the airline desk and puts them live on the air, exposing their charade to their families. So now they must visit EVERYONE.
First they go to Brad's dad's(Robert Duvall) where his 2 brothers (played by John Favreau and Tim McGraw) are as well. They beat up on Brad (whose real name is Orlando!) and give him a hard time. Brad overspends on the Christmas presents (there was a $10 limit) and accidentally tells his nephews there is no Santa Clause! It culminates in his dad's house getting trashed.
Next up is Kate's mom's (Mary Steenburgen). here we also meet Kate's sister (Kristen Chenowith) and her family. We learn that Kate was a fat child named Cootie Kate who was traumatized in a Jump Jump and had a lesbian best friend as a teenager. Kate's nephew throws up on her which disgusts Brad. Kate's mom is dating a pastor(dwight Yoakam) of a contemprorary church. Kate takes a pregnancy and then must get it back from her niece by going in the Jump Jump. After that they go to church and Brad and Kate end up playing Joseph and Mary on stage. Kate nearly tanks, but Brad OWNS it. My favorite line of the movie is where he says "Woman, swaddle this child!!" LOL.
After that they go to Brad's mom's(Sissy Spacek) cabin. She is in a relationship with Brad's former best friend. They play a game of Taboo and it goes south quickly. In the car on the way to their next stop Brad and Kate get in a fight and Kate ends up at her dad's (Jon Voight) alone and Brad goes back to visit his dad.
There are some really hilaious moments in this movie and I think everyone can relate to the dysfunctions in each family.
Have you seen this movie? What did you think of it?