31 Days of Christmas Movies Marathon: Day 1 – Four Christmases

Welcome to my 31 Days of Christmas movie marathon.  This is a feature where I watch a different Christmas movie every day from now until Christmas.  The rules are simple: The movie has to be something I haven’t already seen and I must watch at least one Christmas-themed movie a day from now until December 25th.  They’ll be some bad ones and hopefully a lot of great ones.  Why put myself through this?  Because it’s a good way to catch up on a lot of Christmas movies and a good way to satisfy my OCD.

One the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Four Christmases

Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon play a couple of lovebirds who will do anything to avoid spending time with their divorced parents on Christmas, including going to Fiji for the holidays.  However, their avoidance of family doesn’t last long due to flight cancellations throughout the Bay Area due to fog.  But it isn’t until a live news report covering the flight delays captures them on television that their jig is up.  Now that they have to spend the day house-hopping they might learn the true spirit of Christmas, or at least have another outlook on marriage and kids aside from their already cynical one.

Needless to say each household they visit has a different awkward situational comedic scene to offer.  From falling off roofs and being barfed on to sex jokes about your mother, if you are willing to suspend your disbelief of all rational reactions to such absurd scenarios then you too might find this movie enjoyable.

Two minor points that must be noted about this movie are:

  1. I’m tired of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge used in every transitional shot to show a character leaving the city and heading somewhere that the bridge would not take you.  Here, Vaughn and Witherspoon cross the bridge to leave the city and go to the airport.  Hello! SFO is south of the city, and if they were going to OAK they would have taken the Bay Bridge.
  2. He might mostly be known for his roles in Swingers and Made or as the director of the Iron Man movies, but John Favreau‘s portrayal of Denver, Vince Vaugn’s meathead IFC fighting brother will always be my favorite role of his.  Where’s the spin-off movie on this character?

Though this movie has its shortcomings, including plot holes and predictable gags, it’s still par for the course as far as PG-13 rated family comedies are concerned.  And clocking in at just under an hour-and-a-half, it knows the value of not overstaying its welcome – sort of like the character’s visits to their families.

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3 Comments on “31 Days of Christmas Movies Marathon: Day 1 – Four Christmases”

  1. Nick Petrick
    November 26, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Ahhh yes the classic the only way to leave or enter SF is on the golden gate shot.

  2. November 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    The movie follows three decent workingclass guys played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day.

  3. October 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

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