Deck The Halls : November
THE HALLS is a family comedy about one-upsmanship, jealousy,
clashing neighbors, home decoration…and the true spirit of
the holidays. For Cloverdale, Massachusetts optometrist
Steve Finch (MATTHEW BRODERICK), no time of the year can
compare to the glory of the Christmas season. And, for many
years now, he’s carried on a series of heartfelt but hokey
Yuletide traditions that his family – wife Kelly (KRISTIN
DAVIS), daughter Madison (ALIA SHAWKAT), and son Carter
(DYLAN BLUE) – at this point, can barely tolerate. Despite
his family’s exhausted protests, super-organized Steve has
the December calendar chock full with everything from
shooting the Finch’s annual Christmas card photo, to their
ritual tree harvesting and neighborhood caroling night.
There’s also scheduled time for shopping, “personal
reflection,” and the town’s yearly Winterfest carnival,
which Steve joyously oversees.
But Steve’s Christmas bliss is suddenly destroyed when
slippery car salesman Buddy Hall (DANNY DeVITO) moves in
next door and Steve finds himself going toe-to-toe with his
new neighbor. Buddy quickly begins to undermine Steve’s
dominance as the local “King of Christmas” when he sets out
to festoon his new house with enough glowing holiday lights
so it will be visible from outer space. We’re talking a lot
of lights, here!
But why stop at lights? Motivated by the celebrity he’s
achieving with his dazzling, megawatt decorations, Buddy
adds a live manger scene complete with donkeys, cows, sheep,
and an imported camel, while continuing to wreak havoc on an
infuriated Steve in a host of creatively twisted ways.
Though Steve is in meltdown mode over Buddy’s holiday
shenanigans (never mind that Buddy’s tapping into the
Finches’ electricity to power his décor!), wife Kelly has
bonded with Buddy’s brassy better-half Tia (KRISTIN
CHENOWETH), while Madison has buddied up to the Halls’ sexy,
dim-bulb twin daughters Ashley and Emily (SABRINA & KELLY
ALDRIDGE), who light up the life of younger Carter as well.
Kelly and Tia and the kids become increasingly impatient,
though, with Steve and Buddy’s escalating rivalry and
eventually threaten to pull the plug on the guys’ entire
Can Steve and Buddy declare a ceasefire before the holidays
are ruined altogether, or will they continue their one-upsmanship
until personal victory is achieved? In Deck the Halls, ‘tis
the season where just about anything is possible.
©2006 20th Century Fox. All rights reserved.
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Director: John Whitesell
Writer: Matt Corman
Staring: Danny DeVito
Rating: PG (for some crude and suggestive
humor, and for language)
Release Date: November 22, 2006