"Four Christmases" leads the box office with holiday fun
The holidays. Time to, once again, put up a tree, open presents and visit with family. Sounds pretty typical, right? That's pretty much how everyone's Christmas goes, and "Four Christmases" was no exception, except for the fact that the two main characters repeat the process four times in a single day.
Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughn) lie to their parents annually to get out of the Christmas family holiday traditions. Each year, they plan an expensive vacation for themselves instead.
But not this year. After a thick layer of smog rolls in and all planes in the Bay area are grounded, the couple is caught by a local camera crew broadcasting the news and all their families see. The cat was out of the bag.
The couple's families then contact them and both Kate and Brad promise to visit each of their houses in one day. Since both pairs of parents are divorced, that adds to four lovely Christmases at four different houses.
The movie itself was cute. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was a chick flick, but it was definitely filled with its own fluff. Especially with it being a holiday movie. Everything has to be just so for a holiday movie to be considered a success.
Witherspoon and Vaughn were a cute onscreen couple, nonetheless, but almost annoyingly so. In fact they were a little too perfect, which actually fed into the story line very well.
The movie's pace and plot were both decent. By about the third time seeing the couple hop in the car and drive to the next location, the whole routine had gotten a little tedious. when it's just the two actors and a stretch of green-screened highway behind them, that gets boring. Quickly.
But all in all, the movie was good and the ending made up for the lack of excitement in the car. The casting, no doubt the main reason the film is earning what it is, serves its purpose and is keeping the movie afloat during the holiday season. There could have been more family confrontation given the number of relatives the audience sees, but oh well. It's a nice way to kill some time if you wish to sneak away from your own relatives on Christmas.
I give it a B+.