Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

John Whitesell (2006)

89min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
There's little Christmas cheer on offer in Big Momma's House 2 director John Whitesell's mean-spirited and largely unfunny sleigh ride through seasonal cliché. Uptight yuletide fanatic Matthew Broderick finds his Mr Christmas title challenged by new happy-go-lucky neighbour Danny DeVito, whose ambition is to decorate his house with so many fairy lights it can be seen via satellite. Ludicrously childish one-upmanship ensues, culminating in an ice-skating race, until the cosy goodwill ending. The more tedious jokes concern a spitting camel in the live-animal Nativity scene, a runaway "reindeer" and flaming pine trees. Awkward pacing, wayward comic timing and jarring changes in tone, from stupid to sentimental, don't help the short-supply laughs. But the colourful winter wonderland settings and adept performances keep boredom at bay - especially from Wicked Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth as DeVito's spouse, who sparkles continuously and sings the closing carol.

Summary

A man's proud status as the neighbourhood's king of Christmas comes under threat when a newcomer broadcasts his intention to decorate his house with so many lights that they will be visible from space. Heading for all-out war, the pair resort to increasingly desperate measures to outdo each other. Comedy, starring Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis and Kristin Chenoweth.

Cast & Crew

Buddy Hall Danny DeVito
Steve Finch Matthew Broderick
Kelly Finch Kristin Davis
Tia Hall Kristin Chenoweth
Madison Finch Alia Shawkat
Carter Finch Dylan Blue
Ashley Hall Kelly Aldridge
Emily Hall Sabrina Aldridge
Director John Whitesell
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 1 Dec 2006

Comedy

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