FOUR CHRISTMASES Monday 12 December, 2011

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Looking for something to boost your christmas cheer? Well, move along. These are not the droids you’re looking for.

Reese Witherspoon & Vince Vaughan decide to submit their offering to the christmas canon. I’m not sure that they should have.

The Witherspoon/Vaughan pairing in this film have found a way of avoiding that which we all dread. They have found a way to avoid spending time with their fractured and fractious families. They lie. They tell their families their volunteering abroad and then go and have a luxury holiday somewhere. The smug bastards.

These two are so hateful that at one point they attend a dance class for the soon to be married to learn their wedding dance and spend a minute explaining why marriage is such a terrible idea. Then they feel happy with their work when they see the crestfallen faces of confusion all around them.

We first meet them in nightclub where they are so obviously engaging in role play. Just another example of how smug these two turds are. “Look everybody. We’re pretending that we’re single just so we can then pick each other up because we’re so happy”.

In fact this film just seems to be a long parade of smugness. The only laughs that are to be had are because misfortune befalls the two leads. Not that that happens enough. I’m not really sure that this is a christmas film. This feels a lot more like a family dramedy with christmas stapled onto it. Perhaps I’m being a little bit unfair but any attempts at comedy are so telegraphed as to be contrived.

Even the all star cast (Robert Duvall, John Voigt, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Favreau)  labour to mine any gems from the material they have to work with.

I couldn’t really recommend that you watch it. It’s not bad but it is tepid. It feels like it just never really fires.

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