Four Christmases: Christmas in July Blogathon 2019

Hello, friends!

Welcome to day two of the 2019 Christmas in July Blogathon. Kicking off today is Rob from MovieRob. Rob is a blogathon regular, participating in as many blogathon as he can. Not just here at DMR but throughout the blogasphere. He has reviewed literally thousands of movies on his blog, so there is a very good chance he has reviewed something you’re interested in. Go check his site out. Now, here is his review of Four Christmases.


“My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn’t have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!” – Brad

Number of Times Seen – Twice (31 Oct 2009 and 9 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A couple planning to spend the Christmas holiday alone must spend it with the four different houses of their divorced parents

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago not long after it came out and didn’t recall anything about it at all.

When Drew invited me to this blogathon, I scoured the net looking for something fresh and new for me that deals with Christmas and this caught my eye.

It’s actually an interesting idea that works mostly due to the superb cast.

The plot itself gets a bit silly, but Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon help make this work even better.

The two of them have great chemistry together and their back and forth with one another makes this movie so much more fun to watch.

The supporting cast is also superb especially since most of them feel like expanded cameo roles.

Robert Duvall, Mary Stenburgen, Sissy Spacek and Jon Voight are all hilarious as the four parents and give us so much to ponder about the meaning of the holiday.

Each of these four houses celebrate the holidays in different ways and that allows us to see the diverse fashion that people can spend their holiday, yet this movie makes it a bit more impactful since we get to see how this couple deals with their very eccentric families during this time of year.

As a rom-com, this film works on numerous levels, but it’s best part is the way that we can see how much one can learn by getting know and visiting the extended family because we can learn so much more about a person.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works largely due to the pairing of Witherspoon and Vaughn. They have amazing chemistry here that helps make this film more watchable. The rest of the cast is also superb, even if most seem like cameo roles. Duvall, Steenburgen, Spacek and Voight are all hilarious as the parents. The way that all four of these houses celebrate the holidays differently says so much about the diverse ways that people spend their holidays yet here it is a bit more impactful because it allows us to see how these two people deal with their very eccentric and very different families. As a rom-com, it’s a lot of fun especially since it shows how much people can learn about one another when you get to finally meet the rest of the family.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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Thanks for joining in the festivities, Rob!

Stop by later today for the second entry of the second day of the blogathon from a particular superhero fan.

Until next time, cheers!

Christmas in July Blogathon 2015: Four Christmases

And we’ve reached the end of the line. This is the last stop of the blogathon.  I love to get recommendations, so I didn’t have to think hard when trying to figure out which movie to review for this year’s Christmas in July blogathon.  Now I’ll stop blabbering and get onto the review.


Four Christmases movie posterSynopsis
Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) both come from divorced families. When their vacation to Fiji is canceled because of bad weather, they visit all four parents in one day, which puts their relationship to the test.

Review
Four Christmases starts off in an interesting place. Most Christmas movies are all about wanting to spend time with family. However, Brad and Kate are desperately trying to avoid theirs. Once they realize that they must spend the holiday with their parents, it creeps into the “survive my wacky family” film. It executes this premise fairly well but they go through each parent so quick, no one besides Brad and Kate are fleshed out much. We get to meet Brad’s UFC-fanatic brothers and best friend who is now his step dad, and Kate’s newly reborn mom and her dad, who seems to be the only normal one. Story wise, these characters exist solely to push Brad and Kate closer together. When based on that, then they fulfill their job but getting more time with them would have been good.

I’m a fan of Vince Vaughn, so the comedy worked well for me. There was one scene in particular, where Brad and Kate played Mary and Joseph in the church’s play and Brad went all “I gotta save the play” and started monologuing when Kate forgot her lines, that I really enjoyed. Since most of the time is spent with Brad and Kate, it falls to Vaughn and Witherspoon for the laughs. I like Witherspoon, but I didn’t find myself laughing at her jokes very much. So really, your enjoyment of this film comes down to how funny you find Vaughn. Four Christmases has its issues but overall, it has heart, a meaningful (even if not well executed) message, and offers some good laughs along the way.

Rating
3/5

This movie was recommended by Erin from Dynamite Review.

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Seth Gordon – Director
Mat Allen – Screenplay / Story
Caleb Wilson – Screenplay / Story
Jon Lucas – Screenplay
Scott Moore – Screenplay
Alex Wurman – Composer

Vince Vaughn – Brad
Reese Witherspoon – Kate
Robert Duvall – Howard
Sissy Spacek – Paula
Jon Voight – Creighton
Jon Favreau – Denver
Mary Steenburgen – Marilyn
Dwight Yoakam – Pastor Phil
Tim McGraw – Dallas
Kristin Chenoweth – Courtney
Kay Mixon – Susan
Colleen Camp – Aunt Donna
Jeanette Miller – Gram-Gram
Jack Donner – Grandpa
Zak Boggan – Cody
Skyler Gisondo – Connor
True Bella – Kasi
Patrick Van Horn – Darryl
Cedric Yarbrough – Stan
Brian Baumgartner – Eric


As for who I would like to meet under the mistletoe… Alex Morgan.

Alex MorganCute and amazing at soccer? Yes, please!  I followed this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup as much as I could.  Like many, many others, I was ecstatic to watch our ladies win the tournament this year. To make her even more awesome, she will be on the box art of FIFA 16, making her the first woman on the cover of a FIFA video game. Woot woot!

And with that, the Christmas in July 2015 Blogathon comes to a close! Thanks to everyone who joined in. Tomorrow I will post the answers to Tim’s Twelve Days of Blu-Rays riddle, so head over there to see how many you can guess, as well as make an announcement of something big that’s coming next week for Drew’s Reviews.

Cheers!