Rating Explanation: for some sexual humor and language.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Despite being occasionally amusing this is mostly a cheerless, forgettable holiday movie.
Vince Vaughn ... Brad
Reese Witherspoon ... Kate
Robert Duvall ... Howard
Sissy Spacek ... Paula
Jon Voight ... Creighton
Jon Favreau ... Denver
Mary Steenburgen ... Marilyn
Dwight Yoakam ... Pastor Phil
Tim McGraw ... Dallas
Kristin Chenoweth ...
Normally Brad (Vince Vaughn "Wedding Crashers") and Kate (Reese Witherspoon "Legally Blonde") spend
their Christmas vacation on a tropical beach. This year bad weather cancels their
flight and a TV camera crew reveals their whereabouts to the entire city of San Francisco, forcing them to spend Christmas day driving to visit each of their four divorced parents.
More unbelievable than the lame setup, is the fact that their relations are people so completely different from themselves and neither Brad nor Kate has ever met
the other's Bay Area parents, despite the fact that they've been living together for several years. Each home they visit presents
its own set of obstacles, most of which youíll see coming a mile away.
dad (Robert Duvall "Tender Mercies") and grown brothers
(Jon Favreau "Elf"and Tim McGraw "Flicka") are meatheads who would rather wrestle than embrace. Brad's mother (Sissy Spacek "In The Bedroom") is living with one of Brad's boyhood playmates. Kate's mother (Mary Steenburgen "Sunshine State") is having an affair with a high-tech preacher (Dwight Yoakam "Wedding Crashers"), while her sister
(Kristin Chenoweth "Bewitched") is making do with her life as a mom and ex-high
school slut, while her dad (Jon Voight "Midnight Cowboy") simply shows up late, so either his
misdeeds have been edited out, or are long forgotten. Kateís female relatives are all sex crazed, especially the
old ones since we all know thereís nothing funnier than a horny
grandma. When thereís a baby it must inevitably throw up on someone,
and when thereís something either Brad or Kate is afraid of, they will of course, be forced to encounter it in an
embarrassing, yet humorous situation.
By the time itís all over both
Brad and Kate have been made so completely miserable that they decide that
being miserable is not that bad and thatís how it all ends. This is a completely inauspicious debut for first time director Seth Gordon. Hopefully he'll make up for this Thanksgiving turkey with his next film.