Four Christmases (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 88 minutes - $28.98 || November 24, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-11-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Seth Gordon
Writer(s): Matt R. Allen & Caleb Wilson (story), Matt R. Allen & Caleb Wilson and Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (screenplay)
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Jon Voight


Theatrical Release Date: November 26, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85), Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I just donít get Vince Vaughn. Heís one of those actors that somehow manage to be in a bunch of movies, yet they are all pretty much the same dang movie. Heís somehow hopelessly in love with a girl but it takes the entire movie for some chick to realize how much she loves him, or some sort of combination of love and not loving someone. Four Christmases doesnít stray too much from his comedy genre, so if youíve seen one Vaughn or Witherspoon flick, odds are youíve seen them all.

Brad (Vince Vaughn, real creative name) meets Kate (Reese Witherspoon) at a nightclub one night and tries to hit on her. Kate plays him off, until Brad yells an obscenity towards her and the two have been dating ever since. The two plan on skipping their annual meeting with the parentís vacation by lying to them and going off to an exotic location for a romantic getaway. This however gets foiled by a news reporter who asks them questions while they are in line at the airlines and their parents see the newscast, busting them. Brad and Kate are now forced to go to back home where Bradís father Howard (Robert DuVall) and Kateís mother Paula (Sissy Spacek) are waiting.

This ensues a bunch of hi-jinks that is supposed to be funny, but in all honesty fails to be on nearly every level. Brad pretty much hates his family, including his brother Denver (Jon Favreau), of whom which appears to be some sort of wrestler and pounds on Brad in a fake wrestling match. Thereís also the nagging problem of Kate and her pregnancy test that she takes, of which she calls a ďMagic markerĒ when she gets busted by one of the kids. Is Kate really pregnant at this horrible time of the year, or is it just another joke to go along with the so many that just donít work?

Did I mention that the jokes just donít work, because if I didnít then Iíll say it again: they donít work. They arenít funny at all, which is a huge problem for a comedy like this. In the first five minutes with a string of lame jokes I knew this was going to be a disaster, and I was correct on that guess. Thereís one scene where Kate has to chase down a little girl who takes her pregnancy, I mean magic stick, and Kate has to follow the girl into a Gymboree setup in the backyard. The child and her fight for like ten minutes in the jumping gym until she tells the girl that she peed on the stick, which causes the child to relinquish said stick. That lasts too long and just isnít comical in the least bit.

The whole premise of this movie is also ridiculous. I understand that some families arenít perfect, but this one is just too nutty to even bother thinking that it could be true. Comedies should have some sort of truth in them, and this one is just clearly empty of that notion. The antics that happen at the house, the pregnancy test, the satellite dish on the roof, the way the children act, and just so many other things that happen are too stupid to believe. I give some credit to Witherspoon for trying to act and be funny, but she canít save this awful film.

I just donít get Vince Vaughn.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All we get here is a Digital Copy that isnít compatible with I-Tunes, so thereís no special features to be had.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are bright and vivid, without an exception to be noted here. There are no overblown colors in any sense of the word blown here, so thatís a definite plus for this transfer. There are however numerous areas that are just riddled with grain and noise that caused me to deduct a few points from this transfer. The problem with the previous items I just listed is that they arenít just in a few scenes, but mainly throughout most of the film. Itís hard to get past the glaring noise and grain, so for me, this is a decent transfer color-wise although it fails on the grain/noise scale.

The Dolby Surround 5.1 track just gets the job done. Thatís it in all honesty, since it doesnít do that much else. Audio levels arenít the best here, as I struggled to hear most of the dialogue throughout the movie. Iíll insert the same joke I normally do here: thatís normally not a bad thing. Surround sound, what little there is, doesnít sound the best either. I rarely heard any sort of surround noise coming from the rear speakers, so itís hard to really give this one a positive score. I did though just based on the fact that itís an improvement over the past few Warner titles Iíve reviewed as of late.



.::OVERALL::.

I just donít get Vince Vaughn. Yes, I said that three times. It just doesnít make any logical sense how he keeps making movies that actually make money at the box-office. Witherspoon is admirable in her role, but itís one that youíve probably seen in every movie sheís been in, and same goes for Vaughn. The technical package is a little above average, but since Warner is doing the ďSupport Blu-Ray to the fullestĒ thing, there are no special features here to be had. This is probably best served as a rental for a few laughs.