Feature-length film Director Debut: Seth Gordon.
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reece Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, and Mary Steenburgen. Also co-starring Tim McGraw and Kirsten Chenoweth.
This film centres one couple who are pressured into visiting all four of their divorced parents homes on Christmas Day in San Francisco. This may look to you as one of those family-orientated holiday comedies that are spat out once a year every year, which are, most of the time, quite cheesy and awful, I assure you, this one takes the crown in being the worst christmas comedy film I’ve seen yet.
Well, to start of with, Brad (Vince Vaughn) and his girlfriend Kate (Reece Witherspoon) have been escaping Christmases with their families since they’ve been together, by telling their families they are engaging in charity work over the holidays so they are unable to visit them (how nice). When really, they go on relaxing holidays over the Christmas vacation in places like Fiji. During their third Christmas together, all the flights are cancelled due to bad weather and hault the couple’s flight to Fiji, and to make matters worse, they are caught on camera and interviewed by a CBS 5 news crew, revealing their actual whereabouts to the whole of San Francisco, and worst of all, their families. They are then forced to visit their families, relucantly on Christmas Day, which to them, is not their idea of a perfect Christmas. They first visit Brad’s father (Robert Duvall), then Kate’s mother (Mary Steenburgen), then Brad’s mother (Sissy Spacek), and finally, Kate’s father (Jon Voight), therefore seeing them all in one day. Basically, havoc is present at every house, causing the couple to find out more about each other than they ever did, which eventually causes their relationship to crumble little by little during these hellish visits. I suppose disfunctional, embarrassing, weird-ass families would do that to a relationship in the long run.
Okay, first of all, Seth Gordon; seeing how this is your debut, I want to tell you to never make films again, ever. They’re just too awful for words. The acting was dismal, probably due to a rubbish script seeing how veteran actors Jon Voight, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek were included in this film, which is actually the only reason I’m giving this film a rating in the first place. The predicatble disfunctional aspect of the families is shown to be rather boring, and overdone, plus the baby projectile vomiting over Reece Witherspoon just triggers the ick factor, and it was uneccassary. The bratty children did what they did best, by annoying the hell out of me, and the bouncy castle scene just did it for me. I was close to choking people while watching it.
The script, I dare mention was filled with predictable dialogue, including Vince Vaughn’s constant whining and Reece Witherspoon’s constant nagging. To be blunt, the script was badly written and complete drivel. It didn’t follow through.
The film was a complete disaster, and I just want to ask Jon Voight, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall one thing: Why did you participate in this awfulness? You’re better than that. Although you’re appearances in the film give it .5 of a star out of 5.
Overall status: AVOID at any cost.