Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Four Holidays

It's always great to watch a Christmas movie to get into the festive spirit. Four Holidays (2008) is a Christmas movie with a difference: it's not generally for the little kids. Instead, it would appeal more to adults than anyone else, with it's many jokes and funny scenes that adults will actually find funny.
Four Holidays is written by the writers of The Hangover and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Let me get this straight: it is way funnier then that terrible Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, but falls short of the hilarious The Hangover. It stars Reese Witherspoon (of Legally Blonde fame) and Vince Vaughn (star of the very funny Wedding Crashers) as Kate and Brad, a couple who spend their holidays avoiding their families.
Brad and Kate plan to jet off to Fiji for Christmas, but due to severe weather conditions, they are unable to fly out. Thanks to an appearance on television, their parents find out where they really are and each one of them invites them around for Christmas. So Brad and Kate are faced with four different Christmases...and they end up finding out a whole lot they didn't know about each other.
Four Holidays also stars Mary Steenburgen, Jon Voight (a.k.a Angelina Jolie's dad), Sissy Spacek (you may remember her from the 1976 horror Carrie) and Robert Duvall (from The Godfather, need I say more) as the parents, and what a lively bunch they are. Relative new-comer Seth Gordon directs, and I hope to see more of his work in the future.
Like The Hangover, Four Holidays has plenty of good lines and some original scenes (particularly the one where Brad and Kate play Joseph and Mary at the Church), but unlike The Hangover, it doesn't have enough 'individuality', as in people won't remember it for long after they see it.
All in all, Four Holidays is great entertainment for adults, and please, I beg you, do not let kids under at least 10 years old see it! And if you're expecting a real Christmas treat, you'll soon forget that this is all about Christmas, because it's really about being with family. That's the best thing you can do this Christmas.

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