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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Four Christmases

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: When their Christmas day flight to Fiji gets canceled, Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn & Reese Witherspoon) are forced to try to make it to all four of their divorced parents' Christmas celebrations, running from his dad's, to her mom's, to his mom's, to her dad's.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Favreau, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, True Bella, Patrick Van Horn, Katy, Mixon, Brian Baumgartner, Cedric Yarbrough, Peter Billingsley, Skyler Gisondo

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. Another fun, innocuous Christmas movie that'll scratch your itch but won't go down in Christmas Classic History.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Vince Vaughn does his shtick but the character is too "normal" for him to take it as far as he needs to go to be at his best.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It starts down a promising emotional path of love, family and babies, but never quite gets to the heart of the matter.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: No, but when they remake it 20 years from now, and play out all the missed opportunities and unreached potential this premise contains, it could get an award for best remake.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: This is one of my favorite performances by Jon Favreau, who is finally getting a chance to show us his full range, now that he's too busy being an A-list director to do much acting over and above the bit character parts he plays in his buddy's movies. I also enjoyed seeing Donkey Kong Champion Steve Wiebe, of King of Kong fame, sitting linelessly in the family rooms, posing as Kristen Chenoweth's husband. And if you don't know what I'm talking about here, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Making the jump from a micro-budget documentary (King of Kong: Pocketful of Quarters) to an $80million feature narrative with an all-star cast would be a daunting task for anyone. Seth Gordon pulls it off, but I think with his next film, he will be more relaxed and have a chance to take a few more exploratory risks with the camera blocking. That said, his editing background really pays off in the action-comedy sequences, where he manages to convey a lot of actions and related emotions in only a few short seconds.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The concept of how you don't fully know someone until you've spent time with their family is an interesting arena, but the conflicts that arise are resolved too quickly and easily, never giving them a chance to build on each other and compile, which would have created a more palpable tension, and in turn, would have caused a resolution to feel more satisfactory.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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