Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reece Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Synopsis: A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
Is there a record out there for the most turkeys (excuse the pun) that an actor or actress has made in a row, yet still manages to book a gig? I imagine Vince Vaughn would be very near the top of the list (certainly since the likes of Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey realised that their careers were more important than taking the money from another lame romantic non-comedy). This is, I’m afraid, another example of Vince’s lazy attitude towards his craft. I mean, most of us work for the money don’t we. But most of us HAVE to. Vince is a rich actor, he can AFFORD to choose what roles he wants. And he chooses average, mediocre fayre like this!
It’s not a one star movie, but it really is pretty poor. It might raise one or two titters in places but that’s about it. How they managed to rope in some of the cream Hollywood royalty (Duvall, Spacek, Voight) into this I will never know. I mean, between the performers in this movie they have a CV of: The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Midnight Cowboy, Carrie, Badlands, Swingers, Walk The Line, Legally Blond (OK, so scratch that one). And yet they saw fit to make Four Christmases? Maybe they were just full of festive cheer?
Anyway, as you can tell, I didn’t much care for this film, and wouldn’t recommend it. Nothing stands out about it, you know exactly what will happen from beginning to end. It’s not terrible, just terribly average.