Christmas · Film

Christmas Film Countdown – 13

Dear readers,

I’ll be honest with you, yesterday was a tough day for me, a really tough day. Not just for me, but also for the rest of my family, friends, just genuine human beings.

All I can really say is that I’m happy that yesterday is over (and I don’t mean that in a thankful way, but just that my emotions are a little more stable now).

So because of how teary eyed I was yesterday (because of the events that occured) I thought I would put a more humourous film on tonight – and also because it is the complete opposite to yesterday’s film Jack Frost.


Title: Four Christmases

Age: 12

p173732_p_v8_aa.jpgReleased: 26th November 2008

Director: Seth Gordon

Genre: Comedy, Romance

**** (4/5 stars)

About: Every Christmas happily unmarried Brad and Kate escape divorced parents and exasperating relatives by getting on a plane. This year a fog rolls in that even Rudolph’s nose couldn’t illuminate, the airport shuts down and the couple is forced to celebrate four family Christmases in one hectic, hilarious day. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon lead an allstar cast in a comedy brimming with good cheer and great laughs: Brad learns how not to install a satellite dish, Kate battles an army of naughty-list kids in an inflatable Christmas castle, and the two fill in for no-shows Mary and Joseph in a wacky holiday pageant. Can Brad and Kate’s relationship survive Four Christmases?

Review: Although this film can kind of be seen as predictable, jokes aside. It was rather enjoyable.

It works though because there are some genuinely funny setups. It moves quickly as well, it never dwells too long on that one setup – it probably helps that they have to visit all these different families (hence the four different setups – I mean the hint is in the title, duh).

It also works because I like Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. The two of them together is brilliant though, they are great at playing off each other.

It’s definitely Christmassy as well, I mean even more so than other films because it’s just four times the fun! The different family Christmases are diverse and show the family life of how it should be. Fun, interesting and chaotic. More importantly, the film just shows how major your family is in your life.

You shouldn’t need to make excuses to not see them at Christmas time, because Christmas is honestly the perfect time to get together. It’s a shame really to think that some people don’t actually want to see their families (I mean to be fair I do understand that some people have their reasons). But what is great about this film, is that even though both Vaughn and Witherspoon seem to have their reasons to stay away from their family, by the end it is clear that they are happy that they spent the time with them.

This is exactly the type of film that you’ll want to watch over the Christmas period.

Although, this is a funny film, it does have a good message about what Christmas should all be about – not just presents, or food, but family.

Definitely a good film to watch with the family tonight.

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