Four Christmases

Theatrical Release: November 26, 2008
Four Christmases


When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation–and unable to escape–they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened… and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts the hours to when he can get away from their parents, step-parents, siblings and an assortment of nieces and nephews, Kate is starting to hear the ticking of a different kind of clock. And by the end of the day, she is beginning to wonder if their crazy families’ choices are not so crazy after all.

Dove Review

Many people in today’s world may relate to this comedy. If you come from divorced parents, you definitely will understand where the plot is heading. Brad and Kate each are in that classification so of course that makes four separate Christmases. But they usually lie to their families so they don’t have to commit to the whole family thing. Each visit brings a variety of situations that the loving couple is forced to endure which makes their attitudes for marriage, children and family apparent.

This is supposed to be an hilarious comedy; it falls short at times even with a stunning cast of stars. Most of the comedy in this movie comes in the form of slapstick and even that is sparse. The rest of this film shows nothing more then disrespect for family and relationships. Having families humiliate you is not funny in any situation.

For the many reasons outlined below, this movie can not be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Many sexual innuendos; implied sex in public restroom; couple passionately kiss; discussion about sexual role playing; sexual reference regarding Joseph and Mary; references to homosexual relationships.
Language: G/OMG-9; D-5; A-3; H-3; S-3; SOB-2; Crap-2; 3 Slang words for breasts.
Violence: Brothers jump on sibling, do some wrestling moves and allow young nephews to do the same; kids bullying a woman.
Drugs: Many incidents of drinking and references to drinking; discussion regarding smoking during pregnancy; references to not eating "special brownies".
Nudity: Cleavage is shown various times on different female characters; reference of young boy streaking when upset; woman adjusts beast after breast feeding baby.
Other: Church presented like a big time wrestling event; disrespectful scene at a church regarding Mary and Joseph; Brad's mother dating his best friend; disrespect towards family members; young children show disrespect towards parent and other adults; disrespectful comments regarding ex-spouse; It is assumed the couple have a baby without being married.


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson
Director: Seth Gordon
Producer: Gary Barber
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 82 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe