BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
The gist: Unmarried and childless Brad and Kate’s (played by Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) Christmas-away vacation to Fiji is foiled and they end up having to visit both sides of their divorced and dysfunctional (huge understatement) families in one day, while finding out how little they really knew about each other. Comedy ensues.
Naughty or nice: A nice reminder that even though sometimes you want to skip out and go to Fiji, family is family, and you just gotta love ‘em—quirks and all.
Why it gets us in the spirit: It reminds us all of Christmases past and makes us feel just a little bit better about our own families’ antics and how they’re really not that bad after all.
Magic moment: Really, any of Vince Vaughn’s entertaining ramblings (how to choose just one?), but in particular at the end where he and Witherspoon are discussing using their potential future children for their own gain. The sentiment is there, though.
Santa sighting: The big guy doesn’t make an appearance once (what kind of Christmas movie is this?!).
Accompanying carol: A remix version of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” in the opening credits, which is totally ironic because Brad and Kate live in San Francisco and you don’t see one flake the whole movie.
Perfect present for: Any Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau lover—or someone who needs a pick-me-up after their own disastrous family dinner.[youtube http://youtu.be/LVji4cuekCw]
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.