This is a story of a commitment-phobe just-want-to-have-fun couple as the rules change and the reasons for the commitment phobias jump out and grab them by the throat. Sometimes literally.
The cast of characters playing small parts makes the movie fun to watch. The physical humor is hilarious in some spots. The awkwardness of getting caught in a few lies, meeting people who are twisted and a heartbeat away from becoming family, and much bizarre acting out make for some moments of squirm and dark comedy. Don't expect family friendly fare either. There are some awkward sexual comments.
There's not a lot of Christmas feel-good spirit in this one. But, if you are a Christmas romantic comedy collector, have a Red Box nearby or a free rental and are a fan of Vince Vaughn or Reese Witherspoon you might want to give it a shot. Some of the physical humor is worth the viewing.
NOTE - This review was written during the last month or so that my mom was alive earlier this year, now that she is gone this film seems like so much more to me. I wish I could have that night back watching this with her. Today is her first birthday that I will be visiting a grave and not her house. FOUR CHRISTMASES When this film was first released in theaters I along with my girl, bro, mom, and aunt all went out in Austin … more
When your significant other tells you you both need an exit "safe word" before you enter his dad's Christmas gathering, you know you're not in Bedford Falls. But while Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon may not beIt's a Wonderful Life's George and Mary Bailey,Four Christmasesis a modern holiday classic in its own right. For one thing, every family neurosis and dysfunction have taken root in the four families of Vaughn and Witherspoon's characters, Brad and Kate--and the sleek yuppie façade each has built with the other is about to come tumbling down. There are real belly laughs as the couple unexpectedly has to spend holidays with their four extended family groups. "I don't want to speak ill of your mother on Christmas," growls Howard (Robert Duvall) to son Brad, while Brad's bullnecked ultimate-fighter brothers are rassling everything in sight, "but she's nothing but a common street whore." Brad may cringe, but Kate's own family is about to mortify her in abundant ways, from her randy "Gram-Gram" and about-to-pounce cougar mom Mary Steenburgen ("I feel like a Saudi prince in here," marvels Brad as all of Kate's female relatives drape themselves over him), to the revelation to Brad that Kate used to be--how to put this--a bit on the chubby side. If the plot isn't full of surprises, the quips are nonstop and the acting believable and charming. The supporting cast also includes Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau and Dwight Yoakam in a memorable turn as the mega-church...