Four parents separated by divorce, siblings and their children as well as a cornucopia of emotions that going home brings, the story is a perfect storm of emotional hilarity.
Vaughn and Witherspoon are an impeccable comic team. Although their height difference is immense, their talent is equally on par. Four Christmases begins in such a way that the audience immediately becomes aware of Brad and Kate's relationship and how fantastically perfect their present is treating them. Why on earth would they want to introduce the other to their families and open up cracks in the pillar each has put the other upon?
With each subsequent family visit, Witherspoon and Vaughn explore aspects of their acting repertoire rarely exhibited in their careers thus far. Vaughn, of course, is a terrific comic actor with immeasurable talent if not questionable film choices at times. Witherspoon is an Academy Award winning actress who has flirted with comedy in the Legally Blonde films. She has a Lucile Ball timing opposite Vaughn that is such a joy to witness over the course of Four Christmases.
Theportrayers of the parents is an all-star cast any director would dream of leading. Led by Robert Duvall as Brad's father, the Oscar winner relishes in his opportunity to let loose within the character that is a coot in every sense of the word. The cast is as stellar as audiences will see on screen this year.
Overseeing his Ultimate Fighting sons (Jon Favreau and Tim McGraw), Duvall is a delight as a character whose motivation is solely personal pleasure – whether it's beer, bad television and two sons who have failed in life and one who succeeded who he could not resent more.
Watching Vaughn and Duvall go at it while Witherspoon watches the mania that represents the childhood of the man she loves, is so painfully funny, I recommend not drinking or eating during the entire Duvall episode.
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