Four Christmases (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Four Christmases (2008)



Critic Consensus: Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.

Movie Info

When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation--and unable to escape--they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts the hours to when he can get away from their parents, step-parents, siblings and an assortment of nieces and nephews, Kate is starting to hear the ticking of a different kind of clock. And by the end of the day, she is beginning to wonder if their crazy families' choices are not so crazy after all.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual humor and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Caleb Wilson, Jon Lucas, Matt R. Allen, Scott Moore, Matt Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2009
Box Office: $120.1M
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Dwight Yoakam
as Pastor Phil
Tim McGraw
as Dallas
Jon Voight
as Creighton
Colleen Camp
as Aunt Donna
Jeanette Miller
as Gram-Gram
Peter Billingsley
as Ticket agent
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News & Interviews for Four Christmases

Critic Reviews for Four Christmases

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (34)

This is marginally better than most, with a few offbeat comic ideas, a reliably droll performance from Vaughn, and, as the parents, four watchable old troupers in search of a fat paycheck.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

About as predictable as socks under the tree.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

It's too sparse in the comedy to be really successful--every good joke is in the commercials--but it's got some heart and that counts for something.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Maybe if Four Christmases had extended itself beyond white trash targets and projectile vomiting, we could've been talking about a new Christmas classic right now.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Movie-goers heading to see the romantic comedy Four Christmases might want comedy, Christmas cheer and chemistry, but nobody gets everything on his wish list.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009

How many Academy Award winners can a studio put in one cast and still turn out a bad movie?

Full Review… | November 19, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Four Christmases

Good rom com about a perfect couple who enjoy spending time with each other and not their families. They both come from broken divorced families and are forced to spend Christmas with each family member when their flight to Fiji is cancelled. Good cast and storyline.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

This actually isn't too bad, I thought it would be a horrible mess of cuddly, kissing family fun but its quite dark in places and pretty funny in others. Its not GREAT but its certainly one of Mr Vaughan's better films recently, Witherspoon is just annoying as usual.

It starts off well when they both visit Robert Duvall (Vaughan's dad) and wreck the house, then the next stop after that where Vaughan's old school buddy is screwing his mum LOL! probably the best scenes are there. The third stop at Witherspoons mum is also good, where all the women in the house (granny n all) seem to be sexually active towards Vaughan hahahaha

After that it does go down hill fast and very predictable towards the soft cuddly ending, shame cos it really kicks off as a 'National Lampoon' style fun film....not bad stuff.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A bit of a laugh but way too predictable and nothing special.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Four Christmases Quotes

Howard: Your grandmother's boyfriend is a first class ass sniffer! And you can tell him that I said so.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Brad: I'm sorry, I didn't know there was a ten dollar spending cap.
Howard: Well, maybe if you came home more than once a decade, you'd know crap like that!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Brad: My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Darryl: Look, Brad, I'm not trying to be your father, you already got one of those. I'm just hoping for a chance to be your friend.
Brad: You were my friend, Darryl. You were my best friend. We grew up together, we rode bikes together, we used to smell each other's hands. But now you're sleeping with my mom and it's a little bit weird for me. Can you appreciate that?
Darryl: I never had a sexual thought of your mom until I was thirty.
Brad: Can you leave it alone? You can't be my friend anymore. You can't be sleeping with my mom and still be my friend, okay?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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