Starring Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Tim McGraw, & Kristen Chenoweth
Let me start by saying that I’m probably not the most biased reviewer, considering I’ve been dying to see this movie since it was cast. In terms of pure movie enjoyment and giggles, Reese Witherspoon is my favorite actress and Vince Vaughn is my favorite actor. Could I have been more excited to find out that they were in a rom-com together? Um, no. As I’d hoped, Reese was perfectly adorable as always and Vince Vaughn, playing himself, per usual, had me almost peeing myself from the beginning. Needless to say, this is the perfect post-Turkey Day movie. Light, fluffy, funny, and, oh hell, heartwarming. Full review after the jump… The Lowdown: Brad (Vince) and Kate (Reese) are in a perfectly anti-marriage and babies relationship. They relish their independence and spend every Christmas traveling to some new, exotic location, intent on ignoring tradition AND their families. Unfortunately with all flights grounded, they are caught on TV being asked about their holiday plans by a news reporter. Busted. Guilt-tripped into spending the holidays with the fam after all, Brad and Kate go about hitting up four different houses (they both come from divorced families) and, thus, four Christmases in one day. Sounds like my kind of nightmare too, but nevertheless, hilarity ensues.
The Verdict: It goes without saying that, like any holiday movie, “Four Christmases” is a little cheesy, however I felt it was excellently cast and had hilarious joke after hilarious joke. The best scene was when Brad and Kate are forced to participate in a Christmas Play at church and Brad is Joseph and Kate is the Virgin Mary. I won’t give any more away than that. Other noteworthy performances were had by Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Tim McGraw, Kristen Chenoweth, and, of course, Vaughn’s wingman and partner-in-crime, Jon Favreau, as Brad’s brother. All in all, this is a good laugh and worth the trip to the theaters, especially if you’re trying to escape your own family — or at least trying to get them to shut up for two hours.