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FOUR CHRISTMASES

When happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation, they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened and their very future together uncertain.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 27 Nov 2008
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Tim McGraw
Director: Seth Gordon
Format: NA

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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: "Love, Actually", "Meet The Parents", "Just Married"

So-called Christmas movies have traditionally been passing 'weaker' pictures aimed at the holiday box office with some optimism because people will want to watch anything marketed as such anyway. At more than 100 minutes, "Four Christmases" is simply four too many.

Blighted by overlong weak moments, themselves punctuated by plenty of unsatisfactory non-climaxes, onscreen chemistry between leads Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn are a no-go from the start, not only because the bloke is two heads taller than the bird, but because they just don't make a very interesting couple.

The best thing about "Four Christmases" will have to be Jon Favreau, who seems to have taken a cinematic continuum by graduating from Monica's wimpy boyfriend in TV's "Friends" more than ten years ago into a chicken-chomping redneck wrestler in this movie. His character would have gotten more laughs if played up more, especially when Vaughn and him did hit comedic sync in "Made" (2001).

As it is, the film is a muted celebration of American dystopia told through a happily unmarried couple, exploring an extension of the same in-law discomfort in movies like "Meet The Parents". Humour is sparse and limp (extended cootie joke comes to mind), although production values are more than adequate.

Some of the old timers are in here - Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Dwight Yoakam. It would've made better entertainment to simply see them beat their kids up with a baseball bat since "Four Christmases" is not really a family film anyway. Watch it because there's nothing left to watch.

Cinema Online, 23 December 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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