Four Christmases

Rated 3.0

Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) appear to be the perfect couple, completely in sync with each other’s wants and desires. Each year for Christmas they head off on a tropical vacation, telling their parents they’re doing charity work. But this year, bad weather keeps them from Fiji and, thanks to the local TV news, they end up with four separate visits (their parents are all divorced) planned for Christmas day, starting with his dad and ending with hers. And when the family get-togethers begin, the happy couple start to fall apart. Witherspoon is charming as ever, and Vaughn is his same old talkative self, which usually serves him well comically but by the end of the film becomes a bit annoying. Others pop in, though, to spice up the family drama—namely Robert Duvall as Brad’s dad and Sissy Spacek as his mom. Jon Favreau also stands out as Brad’s “ultimate fighter” brother. Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7 and Tinseltown. Rated PG-13