Deck the Halls (2006)



Critic Consensus: Relying on flat humor and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood.

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This family comedy is about one-upmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve, a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Buddy, is Steve's polar opposite: a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But, Buddy's latest dream--to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space--is turning Steve's disciplined world into a nightmare. As Buddy's home explodes with festive lights of incredible design, increasing complexity, and exponentially growing wattage, Steve becomes a man on a mission. At any cost, he will thwart Buddy--or top him.
PG (for some crude and suggestive humor, and for language)
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Danny DeVito
as Buddy Hall
Matthew Broderick
as Steve Finch
Kristin Davis
as Kelly Finch
Alia Shawkat
as Madison Finch
Dylan Blue
as Carter Finch
Sabrina Aldridge
as Ashley Hall
Kelly Aldridge
as Emily Hall
Jorge Garcia
as Wallace
Fred Armisen
as Gustave
Ryan Devlin
as Bob Murray
Sean O'Bryan
as Mayor Young
SuChin Pak
as Herself
Jackie Burroughs
as Mrs. Ryor
Gary Chalk
as Sheriff Dave
Zak Santiago
as Fireworks Guy
Nicola Peltz
as Mackenzie
Ken Kramer
as Mr. Murray
Alf Humphreys
as Hardware Store Employee
Brenda Crichlow
as New Reporter #1
Stephen Holmes
as UPS Guy
Cory Monteith
as Madison's Date
Jill Krop
as News Reporter #2
Agam Darshi
as News Producer
David Stuart
as Oblivious Dad
Quinn Lord
as Santa Kid
Fulvio Cecere
as Town Passerby
Eliza Norbury
as Mary In The Manger
Randi Lynne
as Caroler #1
Melissa Howell
as Caroler
Lori Johnson
as Caroler
David Shaw
as Caroler
Myles Wolfe
as Caroler
Ty Olsson
as Trucker
Andrew Hedge
as City Employee
Dan Joffre
as Caroler #2
Garry Chalk
as Sheriff Dave
Alfred E. Humphreys
as Hardware Store Employee
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Critic Reviews for Deck the Halls

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (29)

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November 8, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This one follows the depressing pattern of Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks: enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Deck the Halls] wants to be both naughty and nice, but just ends up feeling deeply confused.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

I love the Christmas season, but there are times when I wish it would go away if only to save audiences from horrific experiences like this.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Top Critic

There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws.

November 23, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Deck the Halls


Deck the Halls is a very sweet but edgy christmas film thats kept alive by its wonderful cast and witty humour. It's not overly bad as everyone says it is.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

the only part i really liked was when he said "jesus!....christ the lord was born" hehe the rest was ok

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

A movie that is too terrible for words, come on Danny DeVito, get back in the game.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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