Battle of the Bulbs

  • Harvey Frost (2010)
  • Can / US
  • 89 min
Battle of the Bulbs
Film Review
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2 out of 5

A Christmas decoration contest renews a 25-year feud between neighbours Daniel Stern and Matt Frewer in this knockabout, Deck the Halls-style TV movie. Slapstick and diverting goofiness follow, as the ultra-competitive ex-friends - and eventually their wives, too - go to increasing extremes to outdo and humiliate each other. Though both leads lift the flimsy film, Frewer is particularly entertaining: suffering the most for his character's pig-headedness but providing the biggest laughs thanks to his dry delivery and droll facial expressions. Of course, moral messages soon start creeping in, ultimately leading everyone to repent with unconvincing haste. The resulting burst of festive goodwill is contrived yet suitably touching - shame they had to over-egg it with a naff, sing-along finale.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy drama starring Daniel Stern and Matt Frewer. Bob Wallace and his wife Mindy always have the best Christmas decorations in the street. But when neighbour Stu Jones puts up a spectacular display, it starts a war that both men are determined to win.

Cast and crew


Bob Wallace
Daniel Stern
Stu Jones
Matt Frewer
Mindy Wallace
Allison Hossack
Mary Jones
Teryl Rothery
Chip Jones
William Hutchinson
Tim Wallace
Ryan Grantham


Harvey Frost

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