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Four Christmases (2008)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 26 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 88 min
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  • IMDb page: Four Christmases (2008)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 23,815 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 26 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $80,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $163,733,697(Worldwide)
  • Director: Seth Gordon
  • Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn and Mary Steenburgen
  • Original Music By: Alex Wurman   
  • Soundtrack: Sleigh Ride
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Christmas | Airport | Xbox 360 | Family Relationships | Telephone Call

Writing Credits By:

  • Matt Allen (screenplay) (as Matt R. Allen) &
  • Caleb Wilson (screenplay) and
  • Jon Lucas (screenplay) &
  • Scott Moore (screenplay)
  • Matt Allen (story) (as Matt R. Allen) &
  • Caleb Wilson (story)

Known Trivia

  • All four actors portraying the parents are Oscar winners for acting. Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter), Jon Voight (Coming Home), and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard).
  • Cast includes two Country-Western singers (Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw) and three people who have won Oscars for playing Country-Western singers (Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line, Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies and Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter)
  • Steve Wiebe’s character is introduced whilst playing Donkey Kong, a distinctive sound can be heard in the background. This is a nod towards Seth Gordon’s previous film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters which followed Wiebe in his bid to become the world record holder at Donkey Kong.
  • Two of the movie’s female stars are members of the sorority, Gamma Phi Beta: Kristin Chenoweth and Reese Witherspoon.
  • Vernon Vaughn – Vince Vaughn’s real-life father – makes a cameo as a Church Goer during Christmas play. He is sitting right behind Reese Witherspoon. He has had cameo roles in several of Vince’s films including Swingers, Made, and The Break-Up.
  • During the filming of the dinner sequence, Reese Witherspoon was hit in the face with a ceramic plate. She required 5 stitches as a result of the injury, which delayed the shoot for 3 days.
  • According to director Seth Gordon, the film’s subject is the difficulty all people have of reconciling who they are and the person they’re supposed to be, which is why it’s so hard to spend Christmas with one’s family and why it can engender uneasiness. Naturally, he also felt Christmas was an amazing playground for comedy.
  • Seth Gordon inspired himself from memories of his own family Christmases, where the mood was tense, where his sister would always be after him and where no one would want to go get his grandmother for dinner, to approach the directing on this film.
  • Be it the screenwriters, the director or the stars, everyone contributed if only slightly to the film’s story by sharing their own experiences.
  • In order to develop the characters and give each of them an identity, director Seth Gordon drew up detailed timelines of their lives.

Goofs: Continuity: During the scene in the car while Kate and Brad are going to their final Christmas at her fathers, they are arguing. This is an obvious re-shoot because at some points she is wearing a wig and then in the next shot it is back to her normal hair. It goes back and forth this way throughout the scene.

Plot: A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. Full summary »  »

Story: Brad and Kate have been together three years, in love, having fun, doing all sorts of things together with no intention of marriage or children. Christmas morning, they're on their way to Fiji, having told their two sets of divorced parents that they're off to do charity work. Through a fluke, they have no choice but to visit each of their four idiosyncratic parents. As the day progresses, Brad and Kate remember growing up, each learns more about the other, and Kate realizes that her life may not be as good as it could be. Do they know each other well enough to weather the storms families bring?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

Synopsis

Synopsis: The movie opens in a bar near Christmas, where a geeky Brad (Vince Vaughn) tries to hit on a confident and bitchy Kate (Reese Witherspoon), who blows him off…until she’s called a bitch. After a short fierce exchange the two are having sex in the bathroom, and running off to the San Francisco trolley to their house, where we find that they are roleplaying, and have been happily together for 3 years. Both are wealthy, and successful. They are happy with the relationship as is and have no plans for marriage or children. They simply want to enjoy life while being with each other, even telling so with glee to a married and engaged couple. During the conversation, both Brad and Kate reveal that they are both from broken homes, and don’t want to repeat that, or bring a child into it either.

At a later company Christmas party two of their coworkers dread their Christmases with family, while Brad and Kate happily discuss their plans to leave the country. They lie to their parents each year, saying they go do civil service like helping starving children in China, so that they can escape Scott free. While the coworkers are appalled Brad reminds them that "You can’t spell lies without families." This year they plan to go to Fiji.

On Christmas Day Brad and Kate prepare for the trip as they tell their parents that they are going to inoculate children in Burma, and head for the airport as the San Francisco fog rolls in extra thick. By the time they arrive at the airport all flights have been canceled due to fog. Before they can make plants to stay at the hotel and wait for the fog to lift the local news comes and interviews the couple, live. They both stumble for answers, dressed in full knowing there’s a good chance their families are watching and unable to lie about their true destination…and sure enough, right after they’re interviewed they start to receive phone calls. They end up making plans to visit all their parents within one day.

BRAD’S DADAs Brad and Kate pull up to the farm where Brad’s father lives Brad and Kate agree to a safe word of "Mistletoe" to signal that they should get out, but it’s clear Brad doesn’t want to go in at all. As they step in Brad’s father Howard (Robert Duvall) greets them warmly. Also there are Brad’s brothers, Dallas (Tim McGraw) and his two children, and Denver (Jon Favreau) and his wife and baby. Dallas and Denver start to beat on Brad, calling him Orlando. When Kate asks, Brad’s brothers reveal that they were named after the cities they were conceived in: Kate is appalled that Brad never told her his real name, and Brad tries to explain that his brothers are like MMA fighters that just brawl in backyards and upload the footage to YouTube.

Kate convinces Brad that he’s a grown man, and can demand his space from his brothers. Brad has a talk with his brothers about boundaries and respect. The two answer by beating him again, with even Dallas’ children getting into the act. Howard breaks the fight by asking to have the presents handed out. Just as Denver’s wife mentions the $10 cap that everyone agreed to Brad hands Dallas’ kids a brand new Xbox 360. His brothers are appalled, not only because they feel that Brad is showing off just how much he makes but that it makes their own presents look horrible (Dallas got one of his kids a cheap flashlight). Brad ruins it further by accidently revealing that there’s no Santa Claus. Screaming that nobody loves him one of Dallas’ kids strips off his clothes and runs out the window (As someone mentions, when he can’t express himself he goes streaking. He’ll be back.) Howard’s gift is a new satellite dish, which he takes up to the roof to install with his boys.

Kate waits with Denver’s wife in the kitchen, who asks Kate to hold her baby while she cooks. Kate seems uncomfortable with the baby, but slowly grows used to it. Meanwhile Brad is installing the dish while his brothers mock him. Howard mentions his ex-wife calling her a whore. Brad is offended. Howard also mentions the same thing Brad did, about lies in families. He then goes down to check the signal, while Brad tries to point the dish in different directions to get a clear signal. The dish pops off and he falls off the roof dragging the cable wire all along the living room and destroying it, even pulling the TV up into the ceiling before it catches flames. Shocked by all the noise Kate swings and slams the baby’s head into an open cabinet door angering the mom. Brad and Kate quickly leave after this.

KATE’S MOMAs they pull up Kate’s house has a statue of Jesus on the front lawn. Kate is surprised, and as they go in we meet her mother Marilyn (Mary Steenburgen), her sister, two aunts, and grandmother, all of whom find Brad to be very attractive. We quickly find out that Kate was picked on as a kid. Her nickname was "Cootie Kate" and was tormented, eventually leading to a traumatizing experience in a moon bounce/jumpy jump. Of course, there’s one outside for the kids.

Marilyn’s newfound love of religion is based on her current boyfriend Pastor Phil. They give each other the gift of verbal promises (which disappoints the sister’s kid) which includes the grandmother promising her husband more sex. As they’re sharing Kate is given a baby to hold, who throws up all over her. Brad reacts horribly, the smell making him want to throw up too. Kate goes to change in the bathroom, having to wear an old sweater and jeans. She finds a pregnancy test and decides to try it but before the results could come in her niece runs in and steals it. She runs into the moon bounce where Kate tries to follow.

As this happens Kate’s family is showing Brad their photo album, which shows Kate was once so fat she went to fat camp and that she had a lesbian girlfriend in high school. The kids torment Kate in the moon bounce and even drop kick her out of it before she snaps, closing the door to the moon bounce and flinging kids left and right to get her test. When the niece puts it in her mouth Kate happily tells her that she peed on it, making the kids stop cheering and start to look sick. She looks at the test, sighing, before trying to talk to her mom. However Marilyn is too obsessed with making sure everyone is ready for Pastor Pete’s sermon. Kate changes back to her now clean regular clothes but Brad is laughing at her. He mentions how he’s not as fazed by her large weight as a kid or her lesbian girlfriend (whom Kate herself didn’t even realize was lesbian, until she thinks about it), so Kate shouldn’t be so mad about the Orlando thing.

We find out Pastor Pete (Dwight Yoakam) runs a very flashy church and needs volunteers to star in the play of the birth of Christ. Wanting to impress him Marilyn "volunteers" Kate who gets Brad to go up with her. On stage Kate gets stage fright and can’t remember her lines or actions while Brad hams it up and mocks Kate much to the crowd’s delight. The two leave. Kate is upset that Brad threw her to the wolves but Brad doesn’t understand what was so bad about it.

BRAD’S MOMIn a short visit they come to visit Brad’s hippie mom (Sissy Spacek). Things quickly turn sour as we meet Brad’s stepdad, who tells Brad that he knows he can’t be a father but he just wants to be a friend. Brad answers "You were my friend. You were my best friend growing up, and then you married my mom," to which he answers "To be fair I didn’t have a sexual attraction to your mom until I was 30." Turns out that they are incredibly sexually active, which disgusts Brad. Kate has brought board games though, and they decide to try Taboo.

Denver is there with his wife, still giving Brad a death glare over the incident at their dad’s. The couples start to play, with one person trying to tell the other to say a key word without using any words from a short list. They try by using their personal experiences with each other. Brad’s mom and stepdad do well, but all their clues are sexual. Denver and his wife play like professionals, knocking out word after word. But when Kate tries to tell Brad clues based on her life Brad gets angry wanting more specific clues. He clearly has no clue about anything involving Kate outside of what he’s done with her.

As they leave Kate is upset and Brad tries to comfort her by forgiving Kate for the bad clues. Kate mentions that she took the pregnancy test and Brad freaks out. She reveals that the test was negative but it made her think of wanting something more than the "friendship" that she and Brad have. Brad will have none of it. He’s happy the way they’ve been and he wants to stay that way.

KATE’S DADAs they pull up Kate tells Brad that he doesn’t have to come in. He insists but she doesn’t want to lie to her parents anymore about their relationship. If Brad doesn’t want to go further then she’s done. Brad leaves and her father (Jon Voight) comes out to greet his daughter. Upon going in Kate is shocked. Marilyn and Pastor Pete are there too, and getting along well with everyone. Kate asks her sister, saying she thought that their mom and dad hated each other, but they stopped and started gathering when their granddaughter was born. Kate goes upstairs to be alone for a bit when her father comes in and reveals that he always knew his daughter was lying about leaving for Christmas. He isn’t upset, but warns her that he used to make lies to avoid his family, and many divorces later now wishes he had that time back.

Brad goes back to see his dad, who is drinking on the porch. When Brad tells him that Kate offered to make a family with him and he said no his dad finally seems happy. He tells Brad that he’s the smart one, not falling for getting married, and says how they’re alike. This frightens Brad, knowing that he has become his father. He ends up going upstairs to his old room, where all his old toys and awards (All in his birth name Orlando) are still arranged. He goes back to see Kate, who at first doesn’t want to see him. He does convince her that he is there to talk to her about having kids and getting married "sometime, not right now but sometime." And the two talk about the advantages and tax breaks that being married and having kids would bring. But for the future.

ONE YEAR LATERIt’s New Years Day, just after midnight, and Brad and Kate are amazed that they just had a baby. The nurse comes in and tells them that if family is waiting they’re now allowed to come in and visit. Brad and Kate look at each other before revealing that they never even told their parents that Kate was pregnant. The nurse gives them a funny look and leaves, just as a live news crew comes into their room to interview them about having the first baby of the new year. As they stare nervously, just before Kate can answer the baby throws up all over her and Brad, and Brad jumps up gagging.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Gary Barber known as producer
  • Peter Billingsley known as executive producer
  • Roger Birnbaum known as producer
  • Richard Brener known as executive producer
  • Michael Disco known as executive producer
  • Toby Emmerich known as executive producer
  • Derek Evans known as co-producer
  • Jonathan Glickman known as producer
  • Mark Kaufman known as executive producer
  • Udi Nedivi known as co-producer
  • Guy Riedel known as executive producer
  • Mary Rohlich known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Vince Vaughn known as Brad
  • Reese Witherspoon known as Kate
  • Robert Duvall known as Howard
  • Sissy Spacek known as Paula
  • Jon Voight known as Creighton
  • Jon Favreau known as Denver
  • Mary Steenburgen known as Marilyn
  • Dwight Yoakam known as Pastor Phil
  • Tim McGraw known as Dallas
  • Kristin Chenoweth known as Courtney
  • Katy Mixon known as Susan
  • Colleen Camp known as Aunt Donna
  • Jeanette Miller known as Gram-Gram
  • Jack Donner known as Grandpa
  • Steve Wiebe known as Jim
  • Zak Boggan known as Cody
  • Skyler Gisondo known as Connor
  • True Bella Pinci known as Kasi (as True Bella)
  • Patrick Van Horn known as Darryl
  • Marissa Tejada Benekos known as News Reporter
  • Cedric Yarbrough known as Stan
  • Brian Baumgartner known as Eric
  • Peter Billingsley known as Ticket Agent
  • Sterling Beaumon known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • T'y Brown known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Ryder Bucaro known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Callie Croughwell known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Taylor Geare known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Zachary Gordon known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Reef Graham known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Zai Moore known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Destiny Petty known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Diamond Petty known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Bryce Robinson known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Cort Rogers known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Mackenzie Brooke Smith known as Kid in Jump-Jump (as Mackenzie Smith)
  • Ava Rose Williams known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Haidyn Winther known as Kid in Jump-Jump
  • Stephanie Venditto known as Angel
  • Creagen Dow known as Sheep
  • Noah Munck known as Screaming Kid
  • Matthew Glen Johnson known as Screaming Kid
  • Bubba Dean Rambo known as Elder Baritone Singer
  • Quinn Vanantwerp known as Glee Club Alto Singer
  • Alison Martin known as Church-Goer
  • Daniel Hagen known as Church-Goer
  • Vernon Vaughn known as Church-Goer
  • Shea Vaughn known as Church-Goer
  • Ronald D. Brown known as Church-Goer
  • Jimmy Gonzales known as Church-Goer
  • Constance Maris known as Church-Goer
  • Tossaporn Banks known as Church-Goer
  • Howard Leese known as Band Member
  • Richie Onori known as Band Member
  • Stu Simone known as Band Member
  • Stuart Smith known as Band Member
  • Sean McNabb known as Band Member
  • Laura Johnson known as Cheryl
  • Haley Hallak known as Baby Clementine
  • JoAnn Fregalette Jansen known as Dance Instructor (as JoAnn Jansen)
  • David Aranovich known as Dancer
  • Steve Byrne known as Dancer
  • Irena A. Hoffman known as Dancer
  • Collette Wolfe known as Cindy
  • Kayla Blake known as Nurse
  • Lora McLaughlin known as News Reporter
  • Vincent Albo known as Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Martin Andris known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Karl Antony known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Heather Black known as Church-Goer (uncredited)
  • Rick Camp known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Jason Castle known as Church Goer (uncredited)
  • Zachary Culbertson known as Sky Cap (uncredited)
  • Maddie Eisler known as Holiday Shopper (uncredited)
  • Adrian Emmanuel known as Holiday Skier (uncredited)
  • Eric Feliciano known as Church Goer (uncredited)
  • Roger Groh known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Nancy Guerriero known as Church Goer #9 (uncredited)
  • Daryl Anthony Harper known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • David Alan Hodges known as Ticket Agent (uncredited)
  • Frederick Keith Johnson known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Carol Kane known as Aunt Sarah (uncredited)
  • Devon Marie King known as Church Attendee (uncredited)
  • Kitty Kreidler known as Christmas Church-Goer (uncredited)
  • Lee Kuhn known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Mark Lavell known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Allan Lazo known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Michelle Lenhardt known as Party Guest at Restroom Door (uncredited)
  • Charles Lewis III known as Trolley Passenger / Fiji Airlines Employee (uncredited)
  • Krystal MacKnight known as Holiday Traveler – San Francisco Airport (uncredited)
  • Amy Mader known as Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Isa Magomedov known as Business Traveler (uncredited)
  • Laura Meadows known as Holiday Traveler at SFO (uncredited)
  • Ajani Perkins known as Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
  • Jeff Redlick known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Indy Rishi known as Airport Passenger (uncredited)
  • Lauren Selman known as Holiday Shopper (uncredited)
  • Tony Sommers known as Italian tourist (uncredited)
  • Toni Staniewicz known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Brennan Taylor known as Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Dominique Whitney Thomas known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Cameron Caldwell Thorpe known as Traveling Child (uncredited)
  • Brian Vowell known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Cindy Warner known as Holiday Traveler at SFO (uncredited)
  • Shawna Washabaugh known as Church Goer (uncredited)
  • Steve Wharton known as Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
  • Maria Zambrana known as Churchgoer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Simone Almekias-Siegl known as makeup artist
  • Fríða Aradóttir known as hair stylist: Ms. Witherspoon (as Frida S. Aradottir)
  • Steve Artmont known as key makeup artist
  • Jill Cady known as key makeup artist
  • Katrina Chevalier known as hair stylist
  • David Danon known as hair stylist
  • Debra-Lee Davidson known as additional makeup artist
  • Gretchen Davis known as makeup artist: San Francisco
  • Cheryl Ann Nick known as hair stylist: Vince Vaughn, additional photography
  • Cheryl Ann Nick known as makeup artist: Vince Vaughn, additional photography
  • Andrea Pino known as makeup artist: San Francisco
  • Janine Rath known as key hair stylist (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
  • Yvette Rivas known as hair stylist: San Francisco
  • Lisa Marie Rosenberg known as hair stylist (as Lisa Marie Alpert)
  • Morag Ross known as makeup artist: Mr. Vaughn
  • Christina Sheldon known as makeup artist
  • Molly Stern-Schlussel known as makeup artist: Ms. Witherspoon (as Molly R. Stern-Schlussel)
  • Jennifer Tremont known as hair stylist: San Francisco
  • Jennifer Turchi known as makeup artist
  • Nancie Marsalis known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Brad Ableson known as storyboard artist
  • George Atamian known as set dresser
  • Berj Daniel Bedrosian known as propmaker: reshoots
  • Todd Bennett known as plaster foreman
  • John R. Boucher known as set dresser
  • Alan Burg known as set dresser
  • Raymard Camp known as set dresser
  • Laurence Castello known as paint supervisor
  • Don 'Tex' Clark known as set dresser: reshoots
  • Juliane Crump known as art department coordinator
  • Randy Culberhouse known as construction foreman
  • Louise Del Araujo known as lead
  • John R. Elliott known as construction coordinator
  • Brian Feola known as construction foreman
  • Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna known as assistant art director
  • A.J. Gordon known as art department assistant (as Aaron Gordon)
  • Dale Haugo known as painter: San Francisco
  • Mike Helbig known as leadman: San Francisco unit
  • Lawrence Hornbeck known as set dresser: San Francisco
  • Sean House known as assistant props: San Francisco
  • Peter Hudson known as set dresser: San Francisco locations
  • Charles Kern known as camera scenic artist
  • Calla Klessig known as art department assistant
  • Gordon McVay known as set dresser
  • Mike Medina known as construction general foreman
  • Ben Nichols known as construction coordinator: San Fransisco
  • Tyler Pope known as propmaker gangboss
  • Jamie Rama known as illustrator
  • Cynthia C. Rebman known as on-set dresser
  • Tom Richardson known as painter: San Francisco
  • Michael Ruby known as supervising signwriter
  • Linda Sena known as assistant art director
  • Rachel Smith known as art department production assistant
  • Adam Tankell known as graphic designer
  • Eleanore Tebbetts known as property production assistant
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • Susie Thompson known as set dresser
  • Philip Toolin known as assistant art director
  • Gary Tuers known as property master
  • Kevin E. Vermeersch known as props
  • David Vernali known as construction gangboss: San Francisco
  • Mike Villarino known as construction coordinator: additional photography
  • Mark Warren known as set dresser
  • Jerry Wiskerson known as propmaker: San Francisco

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Company

Production Companies:

  • New Line Cinema (presents)
  • Spyglass Entertainment (in association with)
  • Wild West Picture Show Productions (as Wild West Picture Show)
  • Type A Films
  • Ott Medien

Other Companies:

  • Beau Bonneau Casting  extras casting: San Francisco
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Casting Associates  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • DTC Grip & Electric  grip and lighting equipment
  • Decca Records  soundtrack
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Doggicam Systems  DoggiCam provided by
  • DoggieCam Systems  Doggicam provided by
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Go For Locations  locations cleaning services
  • Go For Locations  locations equipment rentals
  • Kona Cutting  negative cutting
  • Monster Picture Crane  stunt rigging crane
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • New Line Records  soundtrack
  • Pacific Title  titles
  • Panavision Remote Systems  camera cranes
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment provided by
  • Pro-Cam  camera system
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Sound Satisfaction  additional foley recording facilities
  • Spacecam Systems  aerial cameras provided by
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • Star Waggons  star trailers
  • Thomas Cobb Design  main titles (as Thomas Cobb Group)
  • Todd-AO Studios  adr recording (as Todd-AO Lantana & Hollywood)
  • Tomkats Catering  catering
  • Widget Post Production  sound re-recording (as Widget Post – Stage B)

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Alliance (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Fox-Warner (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • New Line Cinema (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Alliance (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2010) (USA) (TV)
  • New Line Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • New Line Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Crazy Horse Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Andy Barrios known as inferno artist
  • Kelly Bumbarger known as digital compositor
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Matthew Collorafice known as compositing supervisor
  • Matthew G. Donnan known as roto artist
  • Mark Edwards known as visual effects producer: R!OT
  • Christina Graff known as visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Lindsay Hallett known as visual effects executive producer: RIOT (as Lindsay Burnett)
  • Katharina Koepke known as digital compositor
  • Richard Malzahn known as visual effects supervisor
  • Craig Mathieson known as digital compositor
  • Steven Messing known as concept artist
  • Marla Neto known as visual effects production assistant: R!OT
  • Mitch Paulson known as second digital colorist: EFILM
  • Bethany Pederson Onstad known as lead rotoscope artist: Efilm (as Bethany Pederson)
  • Elmar Pohl known as rotoscope artist
  • Lauren Ritchie known as executive in charge of visual effects
  • Brian Sales known as digital compositor
  • Robert Stromberg known as visual effects designer: Digital Backlot
  • Takashi Takeoka known as digital compositor
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Mathai known as data manager (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 26 November 2008
  • Ireland 26 November 2008
  • UK 26 November 2008
  • USA 26 November 2008
  • Singapore 27 November 2008
  • Iceland 3 December 2008
  • Philippines 3 December 2008
  • Australia 4 December 2008
  • Germany 4 December 2008
  • Portugal 4 December 2008
  • Switzerland 4 December 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 5 December 2008
  • Denmark 5 December 2008
  • Czech Republic 11 December 2008
  • Greece 11 December 2008
  • Hong Kong 11 December 2008
  • Poland 12 December 2008
  • Egypt 17 December 2008
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  • Brazil 23 January 2009
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  • Turkey 27 February 2009
  • Japan 18 November 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and language

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10 Comments

  1. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    Four Christmases starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, I supposeI can accept it, just very strange seeing them as a couple on screentogether. But anyways, every year we get a Chrismas movie, it's eithergoing to be fun or really bad, sorry to say, but Four Christmases isnothing special, another year with an easy to forget movie. But stillwhile this movie doesn't really stand out and it is incrediblypredictable, there are some really fun moments. We at least finallyhave the split up family vs just one crazy family. Reese really turnedon the charm and stole this movie, she was so adorable and she wasgreat in the jump jump scene with the evil kids. Vince had some momentsas well, but it's more the supporting cast that was just a fun additionto the story.

    When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad findthemselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacationplans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now,gleefully avoided. Out of obligation-and unable to escape-they trudgeto not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasinglymortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent woundsreopened…and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts thehours to when he can get away from their parents, step-parents,siblings and an assortment of nieces and nephews, Kate is starting tohear the ticking of a different kind of clock. And by the end of theday, she is beginning to wonder if their crazy families' choices arenot so crazy after all.

    I would recommend Four Christmases just if you wanna see a cute holidaymovie in the theater this year. Vince and Reese had good chemistry andthis movie just represents the craziness of having to go to all thefamilies every year for Christmas. There are some really good laughshere and there, I loved the scene where Reese played the Virgin Maryand Vince was Joesph in their church play and Reese just gets stagefright and freezes while Vince just makes a fool of himself on stage.Over all this is a cute movie, there's nothing special about it, butit's worth the look.

    6/10

  2. Tyy Tad from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    If you laugh hysterically at babies vomiting, Four Christmases is themovie for you. For everybody else, I would encourage you to avoid thisfilm like the plague.

    Doing a little research on the film, I noticed that the movie wasfilmed in December of 2007 during the Writer's guild strike. Duringthis time, under guild rules, the screenplay could not be changed atall. Further woes came from the distributor, New Line Cinema, beingabsorbed in Warner Brothers Pictures and the fate of the movie was upin the air. With all this hassle, I expect the end product to be worthall the fight it took to make it. To put it bluntly, I would rather seea documentary of these actors balancing their checkbooks.

    The movie stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Reese, who isusually brilliant in these kind of comedies, plays Kate, who is madlyin love with Vince's character (Ben), but neither wants to get married.And why get married, when there will be a sudden urge to work on makinga relationship work, instead of being together for fun? They aren'tpeople that follow tradition, and it isn't just their attitude towardsmarriage that would get somebody like Pat Robertson in a tiffy. EveryChristmas, Kate and Ben decide to go on expensive trips far away fromtheir family. Not only that, but they lie about their intentions,instead saying that they are going to do something like breast feedingorphans in third world countries. I'm not a psychic, but I think therecould be some serious coal in Kate and Ben's stockings from Santa.

    After one of the dumbest, forced circumstances (too much fog at theairport, which is apparently important enough for the local news crewto do an on location story about fog ruining traveling plans and theyinterview people on how disappointing this is) that I assume thescreenwriter tacked on at two in the morning one day after days ofwriter's block, Kate and Ben are forced to go to four Christmases.(Hey, that's the name of the movie!) Why four Christmases? Because bothKate and Ben come from divorced families, so they must go to Kate's momand dad AND Ben's mom AND dad. Why, this has "comedy gold" written allover it, doesn't it? Unfortunately, it doesn't.

    Unless, of course, you consider "comedy gold" to be Ben's brothersdoing extreme wrestling on Ben. That takes up about five minutes. Oh,and for added bonus, I counted two uses of "bitch" uttered by a kid.That's so taboo, hee hee. Speaking of Taboo, at the house of Ben's mom,they do play the game Taboo. Ben's mom doesn't know how to play rightand buzzes people at inappropriate times, hee hee. Further laughs couldbe had with Ben's old best friend now dating Ben's mom. There's even apart where Ben's mom kisses Ben's old best friend. Ew, hee hee.Speaking of "ew," at the Christmas at the house of Kate's mom, a babythrows up all over Kate, and Ben gags because he hates the sight ofpuke, hee hee. Sadly, there aren't too much laughs to be had at thehouse of Kate's dad, as he's too busy filling in the necessary dramarelief. Blah, blah, blah, "I love you no matter what you do" and we'reback to puke laughs. Movie ends.

    The biggest disappointment of the film is that there are five AcademyAward winners star in this. We have Reese Witherspoon, Sissy Spacek,Jon Voight, Robert Duvall and Mary Steenburgen, all who won theirOscars for acting. My question: how could five people go from beingconsidered the best actor of a given year to phoning in a performancein this movie, which I assume is too mature for kids to like and toochildish for grown ups to enjoy? Did the screenplay scream out quality,and it reminded them of movies like In the Bedroom, Coal Miner'sDaughter, Carrie, Walk the Line, Election, Pleasantville, TheGodfather, Network, The Apostle, Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, ComingHome, Philadelphia and Melvin and Howard? Or did, and I gasp to reportthis, they saw dollar signs and decided to appear in this stinker? Ifit is the latter, which I assume unless these five actors completelyforgot the difference between a great movie and a crappy one, I amafraid they might wind up like Kate and Ben and get a lot of coal forChristmas.

    Rating: * out of ****

  3. Robert_Roberts from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    To be fair, I should explain right away I had no intention of seeingthis movie at all not to mention Vince Vaughn hasn't done anything verygood like Swingers and Made in some time (to me, Wedding Crashers andThe Break Up were just O.K.). In fact, the bitter taste from lastyear's disappointing Fred Claus was still present when my girlfriendsaid she wanted to see this movie tonight. Of course, I cringed at theidea while mildly protesting but eventually gave in with the prospectof secretly indulging in an unspoken "I told you so". Only kidding,that thought never crossed my mind…

    Anyways, I didn't even really know what this was about before seeing itbut it didn't take long for the plot to be outlined after a prettyfunny scene at the airport. Basically, after 3 years of avoidingspending time with their families on Christmas (remember, you can'tspell families without "lies"), Kate and Brad find themselves in anunfortunate situation this year that forces them to spend Christmaswith their divorced parents and very dysfunctional siblings. Thisconcept could go either way for me because I really liked ChristmasVacation but disliked The Family Stone. Fortunately, just as it startedout great this continued to be more like Christmas Vacation all the waythrough with several laugh out loud funny dialog and various slapstickthat had the whole theater roaring with laughter. One of my favoriteparts was a Nativity play where Vince Vaughn effectively delivers somehilarious over the top scenery chewing that had everybody institches… well, except Kate.

    As funny as I thought this was, it wouldn't be a real Christmas moviewithout delivering some sort of constructive message among all thechaos. Since I can empathize with Vaughn in his situation with Kate,the film's resolution probably had more personal impact for me. I canalso understand the criticism that most of the talented cast was wastedin comparison because the family situations were not addressed equally.What I liked the most about the film's brief serious turn is it wasn'tsyrupy while providing some genuine touching moments thanks to thebelievable acting skills of Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn and ofcourse the two screen legends, Bobby DuVall and Jon Voight. BestChristmas movie I've seen since Bad Santa and yes, I will listen to mygirlfriend's suggestions without being such a Scrooge from now on:)

  4. Parks from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    Sigh. Another potentially funny Hollywood comedy hits the skids when itencounters a message. The message here seems to be, "Families AreHideous And Awful, But Everyone Should Be Forced To Have One". No, Idon't understand the logic of that either.

    The families are made up of 4 sets of familiar comedy archetypes – theyokels, the interfering women, the religious kooks and – um – thefourth set who the writers couldn't be bothered to make interesting orunusual. I suppose you can't blame them for losing interest – I know Ihad.

    Phoned-in performances and a faxed-in script result in a charmless,pointless holiday film. The only good thing about it is the charisma ofthe leads, and a funny appearance by Jon Favreau. But seriously, youwould be better advised to watch National Lampoon's Xmas Vacation againinstead.

  5. David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    Greetings again from the darkness. Vince Vaughn is starting to remindme of what Woody Allen went through … "I liked his funny movies".Just wasn't a fan of "Wedding Crashers" or "The Break-up", but Icertainly recognize his comedic talents. Here, his quirks play a littlebetter, though I never really bought off on he and Reece Witherspoon asa couple.

    Low expectations, a strong cast, a few clever lines, easily relatablefamily strain, and a true sight "gag" make this one enjoyable enough.The trailer gives away the set-up of the film as Reece and Vince areforced to visit all four pieces of their disjointed families onChristmas. For some reason, director Seth Gordon ("King of Kong") castsRobert Duvall and Sissy Spacek as VV's parents and Jon Voight and MarySteenburgen as Reece's. The curiosity stems from the age differencebetween these actors … a 15-16 year span. Just struck me as odd.Though not quite as odd as Jon Voight offering parental advice. NowTHAT is comedy! Despite the hi-jinx, the messages abound: we all havethe weirdest family, it is never easy to really connect with anotherperson, and it's always a good time for cheese whiz. This is reallyVV's film as Reece has little to offer save for the bounce bouncescene. Mr. Vaughn is truly at his best in the moments of rapid firedialogue as he helplessly tries to avoid another ridiculous situation.

    One warning to parents: the film is rated PG-13 and there is a segmentregarding the Santa secret, so be forewarned. The unwritten rule isbroken. The quick lines and uncomfortable family moments make this oneworth a few giggles. Not a Christmas classic, but a decent comedy.

    I must mention the tribute to the classic "A Christmas Story" as thekids peer into the toy store window early on. That scene is followed bythe airport scene, where the ticket agent is played by none other thanPeter Billingsley, a grown up Ralphie from that movie (and producer ofthis film).

  6. Neenee-b from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    After last years foray into Christmas movies with the comedy withoutthe comedy Fred Claus, Vince Vaughn is back this year again withanother festive attempt – Four Christmases with Reese Witherspoon.

    The plot involves a couple Brad (Vaughn) and Kate (Witherspoon) as theystruggle to spend Christmas Day with all for of their divorcée parents.

    No matter the logistical problems of visiting four equally quirkyparents the most unbelievable part of the whole movie was believingthat the cuddly (fat if you are not a fan!) Vaughn could pull a girllike Reese Witherspoon but oddly enough it did work and there was somechemistry there despite set grumblings that the two did not get on verywell.

    As with all comedies chemistry is important but so is the comedy. VinceVaughn is a known to stray from the script and when this works it ishilarious but when it doesn't it truly fails. His one memorable sceneand in fact the only laugh out loud scene in the whole movie is thenativity scene.

    I would give the movie 5/10. It was released well in time before themain Christmas Films in order not to completely bomb at the Box Office.

    The movie was good but I would wait a year and rent it next Christmas.It is the Christmas comedy which forgot all about the Christmas…andthe comedy.

  7. lwaha from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    This is without a doubt one of the worst movies of 2008. The moviesuffers from the lack of chemistry between Vince Vaughn and ReeseWitherspoon. It's the core of the movie and we never believe in them asa couple. We drift through the movie from one embarrassingly unfunnyscene to another including a sequence where Vaughn's brothers, who areUltimate Fighters attack him, an attempt to put up a satellite dishwhere everyone and everything falls over. More pitiful scenes follow. Areenactment of the nativity scene is presumably added to pad thisgarbage out and just when you think things can't get worse….they do!The final 10 minutes goes for soppy sentimaentality with the couple's'relationship' which is totally out of keeping with this surprisinglymean spirited 'comedy'. It doesn't matter since we never believed inthem as a pair to begin with. This train wreck is ended when a baby,for the second time, projectile vomits over Reese Witherspoon. Anunbelievably awful film.

  8. Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    This rudely rambunctious, intermittently funny 2008 holiday comedy is asupreme case of Hollywood overkill along the lines of Jay Roach's "Meetthe Fockers". Running a scant 89 minutes, it stars no less than fiveOscar-winning actors in the standard cookie-cutter story of acommitment-phobic couple who are forced to visit each of their fourdivorced parents on Christmas day. Co-written by first-timers MattAllen and Caleb Wilson, along with Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (whoco-wrote "The Hangover"), the premise shows promise with Kate and Brad,a pair of self-satisfied, upwardly mobile San Franciscans meeting forwhat looks like the first time in a bar. Their sharp-tongued banterturns out to be a role-playing fantasy since they are three years intotheir comfortable relationship. A major fog blanket rolls over the cityand ruins their plans for a holiday vacation in Fiji. What's worse isthat they are caught by a local news camera at the airport. Becausethey deceived their families into thinking they were traveling overseasto help starving third-world children, they embark on a daylong journeyto each of their parent's houses, all conveniently located in the BayArea.

    However, the movie starts to decline precipitously with each visit. Thefirst home the couple drops by belongs to Brad's redneck father, wherehis other sons, cage-fighting brothers Denver and Dallas tackle Bradwith painful wrestling moves. It ends with an uncomfortable giftexchange where Brad's expensive gifts humiliate his blue-collar family.The couple then visits Kate's overly affectionate mother and a den ofcougars, an episode in which it is revealed Kate had a childhood weightproblem and a possible lesbian past. Brad's therapist mother is next onthe itinerary, but he's still angry that she married his best friend,who is half her age, and a game of Taboo reveals the communication gulfthat really exists between Kate and Brad. The last stop is at the homeof Kate's father, and this is where the tone gets serious-minded as thecouple learns a lesson in the value of being with family in spite ofwhatever personal differences may exist to divide them the rest of theyear.

    Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon – he with his semi-improvisedriffing, she with her exacting intelligence – would seem to be absurdlymismatched, but they spar convincingly, even if they do look more likebest friends than lovers. Vaughn gets to shine in a Christmas pageantscene where he basks in the limelight of his ham-fisted stage debut.Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek, and Jon Voight play theparents with little screen time, and only Duvall leaves much of animpression as an embittered shell of a man. Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw,Carol Kane, and Kristin Chenoweth gamely play various relatives inequally smallish roles. The whole venture is directed by Seth Gordon,whose only previous feature-length credit is the critically praisedvideo-game documentary, "The King of Kong", and his storytellinginexperience shows in the sometimes ADD-level pacing of the story. The2009 DVD, being released for the holidays, doesn't offer much in termsof extras other than two different screen formats.

  9. steve49er from California, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    This was not only the worst Christmas movie ever produced, it couldpossibly be the worst movie of any kind ever produced. The story isquite simple, it tells the tale of a couple that sneak away during theholiday season in order to not spend time with their respectivefamilies. Once you meet the families, you might understand the reasonfor their yearly exodus. The problem, however, the couple themselveshave very little personality to win your heart. The jokes, if jokesthey are, are stale, mean spirited, and most un-Christmas like. Wewould be embarrassed to have our names associated with a movie thatwill yearly remind movie goers that actors will do anything for a buck.There is no Christmas spirit here, please don't plan to show to achild. In fact, please don't plan to show to anybody. I would be gladto tell you that the ending had some saving grace but I cannot. I leftthe theater as the couple was being entertained by family number three.My wife, on the other hand, remained to the bitter end, not one towaste the money for a partially seen movie. According to her critiqueof the ending, she wishes she would have. Leaving when I did was one ofthe best gifts I received for this holiday. To be fair, I'll admit,there was one moment, one scene, when I laughed. Conceding that, therewere two enjoyable moments in Four Christmases, that scene and theleaving early.

  10. wilsonfamily1 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

    I always thought that all films had to contain at least one characteryou could like or at worst empathise with. When a film begins with its'heroes' lying to their parents I found it impossible to 'bond' withthem. This film then spends the bulk of its airtime showing us howawful Witherspoon & Vaughn's families are ,and how little Witherspoon &Vaughn know about each other. The presumed payoff is that they become(partly) reconciled to their families and (we assume) keep them intheir lives. It was, therefore, a cynical surprise that the last scenemade it obvious that Witherspoon & Vaughn's characters had reverted totype. This film has a 12A certificate in the UK, meaning that smallchildren can see it; it has several unsuitable scenes, including thesex in the toilet opening and Vaughn destroying the Santa Claus story.All in all a romantic Christmas comedy that was neither romantic, norChristmassy nor funny.

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