release year: 2008
viewing setting: hotel rental, 3/9/09
synopsis: A perfectly happy couple ends up having to visit all four of their divorced parents for Christmas, which forces them to learn more about each other and causes them to expand their horizons a little bit.
impressions: Good adult comedy which stresses the value of family. The premise was a little annoying in that these two people were completely happy to live free of the insanity of their families, yet ended up relinquishing that independence in the long run. I suppose this movie is about breaking out of your happy little life pattern and becoming more like everyone else.
something this movie has that no other movie has: a pair of mixed-martial arts brothers who like to attack the third brother
acting: vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon are the main couple. Robert Duvall is the guy's dad, who wants to live in the old non-technological age. Jon Voight is the girl's dad.
final word: Entertaining, yet I couldn't fully embrace the concept.
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