Four Christmases is one of those obligatory "feel-good" movies Hollywood is churning out every Christmas season and while the film does have its share of laughs, you'll ask yourself "That was it?" once the credits start rolling.
The film comes with a strong cast: Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn are the leads who play Kate and Brad respectively. They are the couple stranded in town to spend the holidays with their parents. The catch of the film is that both their parents divorced and they have to go each of their moms and dads' holiday celebrations. The parents are also played by a roster of Oscar-winners: Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek as Brad's parents and John Voight and Mary Steenburgen as Kate's parents.
The film feels like "Meet the Parents" for the holidays because the meat of the humor is on the things Brad and Kate discover about each other while visiting their folks. The ironic thing I found about the movie is that it's main theme is "There is nothing more important than family," but it shows four divorced parents and children that were emotionally burned in the process. I don't know if that's the way to go... in America perhaps.
Four Christmases is a film as novel as some of the Christmas gifts you receive: It may be cute and all, but it's not so useful.
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