REVIEW: FOUR CHRISTMASES
OVERVIEW: Arriving on
Blu-ray and DVD this November 24th from Warner Home Video,
is the fun comedy Four Christmases starring Vince Vaughn and
Reese Whiterspoon. On November 24, Four Christmases will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable,
Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it
can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon
Video On Demand.
SYNOPSIS: Every Christmas happily unmarried Brad and Kate escape divorced parents and exasperating relatives by getting on a plane. This year the airport shuts down and the couple is forced to celebrate four family Christmases in one hectic, hilarious day. Can Brad and
Kate's relationship survive Four Christmases?
When you see a movie with a
title including the word Christmas or any word related to
the Holidays, you probably are asserted that the film has to
be what is normally called a family film. A movie that is
able to get a strong family oriented message, and that would
emotionally move the entire family one way or the other. Of
course, there are exceptions to the rule like the horror
film "Black Christmas", which is just pure entertainment for
some people. “Four Christmases” easily falls in that
category. A film which is not your typical Christmas movie,
but it has enough sarcastic humor to make it a fun ride for
many movie goers.
Four Christmases is the
second Christmas film in a row for Vince Vaughn, who last
year also started in the film "Fred Claus" next to Paul
Giamanti. A film that was more family oriented, but wasn't
appealing enough to meet critics' expectations.
As a film critic sometimes it is difficult to ignore or
avoid reading about an upcoming comedy, especially finding a
way to skip watching its trailer. Fortunately for me I was
able to do just that. Going into this film the only
information that I knew about the picture was that it was
called "Four Christmases" and the cast included Vince Vaughn
and Reese Witherspoon. With that in mind the movie just
surprised me. I was expecting to see another Vince attempt
to create a classic Christmas Comedy. On the other hand, I
found a enjoyable comedy about four dysfunctional families that
provide a good explanation as to why for some people it is
better stay away from your family even during Christmas.
There is one main reason why this film works. Vince Vaughn
brought some of his "I know everything" character from
"Wedding Crashers", giving the film enough funny scenes to
keep audiences laughing. Also Reese Witherspoon was a nice
complement for Vince. As we all know the Academy Award
winner knows how to do drama as well as comedy.
Many people will hate this movie either because it doesn't
fall into the typical Christmas film that we are used to
watching or because they don't find it funny at all. However
many will like it enough to recommend it. Overall Four
Christmases is just an adult comedy with a Christmas spirit,
able to provide enough laughs to be enjoy.
DVD: The DVD
includes the widescreen and full screen versions of
the film. The picture is complemented with a 5.1 Dolby
Digital audio in English and Spanish. In terms of special
features the DVD doesn't include much. It only includes the
digital copy of the film. If you are interesting in getting
special features, you will need to shoot for the Blu-ray version
of the film.
Standard [4:3 Transfer]
Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
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