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Four Christmases

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Holiday romcom is amiable but centers on family dysfunction.

Movie PG-13 2008 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 13+

Love the movie not for kids.

I personally love the movie, but I would never let my kid watch it. A lot of sex references, a good amount of swearing, but as somebody else mentioned very early on in the movie he tells a kid his parents are Santa Claus.
age 18+

Heads up - Spills the beans on Santa

This is not a kids movie. Definitely adult based humor and story line. The biggest thing for me as a parent is that this movie tells the truth about Santa.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Though FOUR CHRISTMASES is predictable and sort of comes off like a hybrid episode of Family Feud and Girls Gone Wild, it's hard to resist Vaughn and Witherspoon's appeal. They tap into the humor of one outlandish situation after another (perhaps one too many, actually) without losing their zeal or charisma. And the supporting cast reads like the Hollywood Walk of Fame (who knew Spacek was good for laughs?).

But the high-wattage cameos end up feeling a bit overdone, given that some of them -- especially Voight -- aren't given very much to do. Plus, comic timing aside, for a couple supposedly madly in love, Vaughn and Witherspoon don't have a whole lot of chemistry. We don't so much hope that they find their way back to each other because we believe in them, but rather because it's what we expect of romantic comedies. Overall, Four Christmases isn't a particularly memorable holiday gift, but they can't all be. At least it's not a fruitcake.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 26, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: November 23, 2009
  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon , Robert Duvall , Vince Vaughn
  • Director: Seth Gordon
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some sexual humor and language
  • Last updated: November 5, 2023

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