This is a romantic Christmas comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as Kate and Vince Vaughn as Brad; A couple who would rather die than spent the holidays with their families. They plan a wonderful tropical holiday vacation, but a fog prevents them from catching their flight. In a turn of bad luck Kate’s mother sees them being interviewed by the local news and insists they spend the holidays with family. To avoid spending too much time with one family, they decide to split their time between their four divorced parents’ homes.
Let the fun times begin! Brad’s father played by the great Robert Duvall is a hardnosed man who lives with his grown sons who are crazy cage fighters. Brad is more sensitive which causes the brothers to ridicule and bully him because they think he is soft. Let’s just say Brad is in hell. Brad’s mom’s house is no better as his new step dad is his former best friend. That’s right, Brad’s mom is the worst kind of cougar, sleeping with the guy her son grew up playing with.
Kate’s family is no better ridiculing her about her past life as “Cootie Kate”, a sad, overweight child who was tortured by her classmates. There was a very traumatic event that involved a bouncy house that Kate must relive. Her mom is a religious freak and is dating a pastor. This ends is a big fight between Kate and Brad and almost ends the relationship.
How do they get back together? Well, you’ll just have to watch the movie to find out. It is a hilarious tale and my side was hurting by the end. It even has some big Hollywood names besides Mr. Duvall there is Sissy Spacek, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw, Mary Steeburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Kristin Chenoweth and Jon Voight.