“Four Christmases” — What a Waste!


We went to our favorite movie and dinner theater, Cinema Grille, on Saturday afternoon to see the newest “Christmas movie,” and eat our favorite burger at the same time.  What a great concept.  A fun way to start the holiday season. 

Remember when “Christmas movies” were, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story?  It’s certainly no accident that those movies are all still watched and talked about — they are classics.

And there are some newer movies that I really like — Santa Clause and Elf come to mind — that I think might end up being classics.

So, we went to see Four Christmases, prepared to be entertained.  Alot of my high expectations were based on the likeability of the two stars, Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn.

What a total waste of a Saturday afternoon.  Thankfully, at least the burger was still wonderful, because the movie wasn’t even okay.

That was one of the tackiest, most inappropriate, vulgar, plotless, unlovable-character movies I have ever seen in my life!

I am especially embarrassed for Reese Witherspoon, who I have always liked in every other movie she has been in, because I know she has children and that they may someday see their mother in this awful movie.

Okay.  Consider yourself forewarned.  We wasted our money to see this movie, and if you choose to see it after my comments, you have at least been warned. 

And in regard to taking children to see it, it is rated PG-13 but I think it’s far tackier than that rating indicates.

10 Responses to “Four Christmases” — What a Waste!

  1. Tabitha says:

    I was very disappointed in the preview alone, so I’m glad to read this.
    I was totally confused as to why Reese choose this role.

  2. Beth says:

    Thank you for the review!

    And your post also made me think, I need to put Elf on our Netflix list; I’ve only seen it once!

  3. SBW says:

    Good to know! The last two DVDs I rented were duds and I’m looking for a good movie to rent or see in a theater. I’ll know to avoid this one! Still, I bet you had fun on your date.

  4. Pam says:

    HEY thanks for the warning! I will pass on the movie!!

  5. Sandra says:

    Tabitha — Hubby did point out that Reese kind of floats through the movie somewhat above it all. It’s the other characters that act out the crude humor, but I’m still soo disappointed in her that she would even associate her name with it. And, there are other big names too! Like Robert Devall, Jon Voight, Tim McGraw, Dwight Yokum, Mary Steneburgen (sp?), Sissy Spacek — these are all actors and or singers who I am amazed would be in something like this. Actually, I read some of the reviews and none of them were flattering, but we have come to realize that many times we enjoy a movie that hasn’t gotten good reviews, BUT the bad reviews really didn’t address the things that made it so awful for me, or I would have known I wouldn’t enjoy it.

    Beth — There was another really cute Christmas movie a few years ago that I really enjoyed, along with my grandchildren, but I can’t remember the name, so I didn’t list it. It was a beautiful, different looking kind of animation, and starred Tom Hanks as the conductor on a train that picked children up and took them to the North Pole. I think the name might have been “The Holiday Express,” but I’m not sure. If you haven’t seen it, it is great too.

    SBW — Yes, we always have fun together. And one of our favorite “dates” is the eat-while-you-watch-a-movie restaurant, except when the movie is a dud like this one. 🙂

    Pam — I wondered if this “rant” would put people off, but I just felt like I had to tell people my opinion, to possibly save them from having the same bad experience we did!

  6. Beth says:

    The Polar Express! It reminds me, I own it (parents gave it to us) and haven’t watched it yet! Guess I need to figure out where I stashed it. Thanks!

  7. Hilary says:

    Thanks. I never did plan to see it. Now I’ll plan to avoid it. 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Take my word for it — you aren’t missing ANYTHING! 🙂

  9. Mrs4444 says:

    A good place to go to evaluate a movie before you go is http://www.kids-in-mind.com/. I’ve used it many times to rule out PG-13 movies for my kids or just to know what they are seeing so that we can talk about it later.

  10. Sandra says:

    Mrs4444 — Thank you for that info. I will definitely use it the next time there is any question!

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