Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughan) have focused their whole relationship on fun. They don’t have heavy conversations, marriage and kids are off the table and they avoid their dysfunctional families at Christmas at all costs. But when the two are spotted on TV trapped in San Francisco after a spate of flight cancellations they are forced to reconsider. Now they’ll have to fit in four different Christmases with their divorced parents and hope their relationship survives the day.
As the two spend time with each other’s families they realise that there are big parts of themselves that they have hidden from each other and Kate starts to wonder if she might want more than just fun after all.
I have mixed feelings about this film. It has a really good cast as well as some hilarious moments. The game of Taboo is pure comedic brilliance. Reese Witherspoon has excellent comic timing and she’s very charming so she’s always good to watch and Vince Vaughan is very good at playing Vince Vaughan so if you have liked him in other things, you’ll like him in this.
On the other hand, the characters are all completely two dimensional, there is no character development and some of the stereotypes that get dragged out are rather stale and lazy. With a less impressive cast it probably would have flopped completely.
If you don’t think about it too much, it’s an amusing, fast-moving Christmas film for a lazy night but don’t expect anything more.