Deck the Halls

  • PG
  • John Whitesell (2006)
  • US
  • 89 min
Deck the Halls
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. When Buddy Hall puts enough Christmas lights on his house to ensure it can be seen from space, his uptight neighbour Steve Finch decides to fight back, prompting a game of one-upmanship that quickly gets out of control.

Cast and 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


John Whitesell

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD
Released 1 Dec 2006
Certificate PG
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent