MOVIE CORNER

December 4, 2008

5. Four Christmases – $7.7M

Filed under: Box Office Stats — movie_critic @ 3:06 am

Documentarian Seth Gordon (THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS) makes his feature film directorial debut with FOUR CHRISTMASES. Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughn) are a happily unmarried couple who avoid spending Christmas with their families at all costs and instead travel to exotic locales. But when they find themselves fogged in at the San Francisco airport and their flight to Fiji cancelled, they have no choice but to spend the holiday with their divorced parents and the rest of their dysfunctional relatives. From his wrestling brothers and cradle-robbing mother to her oversexed grandmother and perfect sister, the couple is forced to face their worst nightmare head-on. Kate and Brad’s greatest fears are realized as their families share their most personal secrets.<br><br>This film addresses broader themes of how people really know each other and the importance of connecting with family, no matter how crazy they might be. Vaughn and Witherspoon have nice chemistry as a couple that thought they had everything they wanted, improvising and playing off of each other well. Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek appear as Brad’s parents, while Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen play Kate’s parents. Jon Favreau and Tim McGraw are a hoot as Brad’s tormenting brothers, and Kristen Chenoweth fits the bill as Kate’s sister. Parents should be aware that the film includes adult language and themes, and some comments about Santa that may upset young children.

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