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Kate and Brad find themselves grounded due to fog. Their usual trip to an exotic vacation for Christmas has now changed and they find themselves, out of obligation, going to four relative festivities. Brad counts the hours when he can get away while Kate is starting to hear the different kind of clock.
Romantic Comedy - This is a holiday-themed comedy aimed at a young adult audience.
This is more of a silly, broad comedy than a romantic one. Some
raunchy humor makes this inappropriate for younger children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Four Christmases is wildly uneven, veering from screwball comedy to would-be heartfelt drama with an inelegance that is more likely to cause whiplash than an emotional catharsis.
Roger EbertFull Review Average We got five Oscar-winning actors, and they don't need to act much. There can't be any singing, boss. If McGraw doesn't sing, then Yoakam doesn't sing. It's in the contract. A most-favored-nations clause.
USA TodayFull Review Average The film has its funny moments, but they are too few to make the holiday excursion worthwhile.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 210 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! Most everyone enjoyed "Four Christmases" very much. The adult reviews, both males and females, are great, but a few were a bit disappointed and only rated it as average. However, for this type of movie (silly comedy) I would say these reviews are certainly good enough to highly recommend "Four Christmases."
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.