Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Dwight Yoakam

"His father, her mother, his mother and her father all in one day."

Cinema 1, Shang Cineplex

The stellar cast of this film couldn't do much to uplift the dismal story line nor my fading Christmas spirits. What was supposed to be a Holiday movie turned out to be a taxing test on my patience.

The premise of the story seemed interesting enough, on paper. A new age modern couple, Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) seem to think outside the box. They don't believe in marriage, in having kids, nor celebrating Christmases with their families. Their original plan to vacation in Fiji is thwarted by the cancellation of flights due to fog. Then they are interviewed and caught red handed on TV by their families thus they are suddenly forced to spend 4 Christmases in one day. The rest of the film is focused on their mishaps during these visits to their folks. Relatives from different spectrum of society welcoming the couple into their homes as they celebrate Christmas.

First - I cannot fanthom the idea of visiting 4 different houses in just one day. Secondly - I couldn't feel the chemistry between Brad and Kate. Brad was funny and quite animated while Kate seemed rather standoffish and aloof. Thirdly - I expected it to be a "Christmasy" movie so I was hugely disappointed when it didn't exude that Yuletide vibe. The 'plot crisis' in the movie was rather predictable and the ending was well for lack of a better word, very predictable as well.

It is such a pity to watch good supporting roles given to talented actors like Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek go to waste. They unfortunately cannot do much to show their artistic range with the below average script. Vince Vaughn though still has great comedic timing and he was a hoot to watch. I can't say the same for Reese Witherspoon who was ill matched for Vaughn in every aspect from height, comedic interludes and romantic chemistry.

Movies like these are best viewed either on cable one nothing.to.watch.on.Tv night or rented on days when.you.have.seen.every.single.film.at.the.videostore.

2 popcorn buckets:

Em Dy said...

Agree with you totally!

D@phn3 L@ur@ said...

Em Dy yes I was hugely disappointed with the movie!


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