Release Date: November 22nd, 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Cast: Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, Kristin Chenoweth, Alia Shawkat, Dylan Blue, Kelly Aldridge, Sabrina Aldridge.
Directed by John Whitesell.
BASIC PREMISE: Steve (Broderick), battles it out with his new neighbor, Buddy (DeVito), for excessively decorating his house with lights for Christmas so that it can be visible from outer space.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Even worse than Christmas with the Kranks, Deck the Halls is painfully silly, stupid, stilted and unimaginative, to say the least. Buddy, his big-breasted wife (Chenoweth), and ditzy, twin teenage daughters move across from the house of Steve and his wife (Davis) and two kids (Shawkat and Blue). Buddy’s crazy insistence of having excessive Christmas light decorations on his house to be seen from outer space quickly annoys Steve. Buddy plays many childish pranks on Steve, neither of which seems remotely funny. Not a single character is likeable or believable. The screenplay by Matt Corman, Chris Ord and Don Rhymer feels all over the place from PG-13-type humor to G-rated slapstick humor. In a particularly awkward scene for a family film, Steve wakes up in a sleeping bag with Buddy who happens to be naked so that he could warm him up. In a rather inappropriate scene, both yell “Who’s your Daddy!?!” to two sexy dancers at a Christmas show only to realize that they happen to be their daughters. Since when is that supposed to be funny? Unfortunately, nothing happens onscreen to redeem this film from its consistent staleness, silliness and painfully contrived scenes. The only thing that might keep you from drifting off the sleep would be the little kid kicking your seat behind you—that’s if you happen to watch this mess of a movie in a movie theater.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Silly, stilted, inane, unimaginative, contrived and occasionally inappropriate.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 14
IN A NUTSHELL: Silly, stilted, inane, unimaginative, contrived and occasionally inappropriate. A Christmas snoozer that may cure insomnia.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Never
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