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Deck the Halls

Published December 27, 2021

Deck the Halls

Film info

  • Title Deck the Halls
  • Director John Whitesell
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 33m
  • Genres Comedy, Family
  • Tagline There glows the neighbourhood

Determined to unseat Steve Finch as the town's holiday season king, Buddy Hall plasters his house with so many decorative lights that it'll be visible from space! When their wives bond, and their kids follow suit, the two men only escalate their rivalry, and their decorating. It's anybody's guess whether the holidays will wind up jolly or jostled in this wild laugh-fest the whole family will love!

Live blog

Time Comment
1:01 Argh, the optician’s test!!!
4:54 “I’m not intense, I’m just extremely organised.”
8:52 A young Chenowith looks like Cameron Diaz!
12:39 Jesus, a 1k bet is something else no matter how confident you are.
17:29 You really shouldn’t be hammering at 3am.
19:55 Surely the satellite photos only update every few months not live?
27:59 They have a private set of Christmas trees? Why not just put them in the garden then?
32:04 Bulb of choice.
42:25 “Yea, it’s crazy, but all good ideas are crazy.” Are they?
46:22 If he’s stealing electricity from the neighbours, the whole house wouldn’t have gone off.
49:01 It might be a nice gesture but I don’t want someone breaking into my house to put in a tree.
53:53 “We’re going to settle this like men. I’m going to contact my attorney.”
1:03:23 “How am I supposed to afford a camel on a car salesman’s salary?”
1:14:30 I like calling it ‘chocolate milk and french fry moments.’
1:21:59 “Your life got so loud, the only thing you would hear is an empty house.”

Thoughts

This is a reasonable Christmas movie, and a warring neighbours one - kind of the fictional version of the Fight Before Christmas. DeVito and Broderick make a good sparring duo, and it’s nice that they both have relatively good reasons for doing what they do. But ultimately, it is just two men having a competition for no good reason and the women being slightly more sensible and sorting it all out. Plus there are a couple of moments in the movie that haven’t aged so well, and it’s not even twenty years old yet! But mostly worth a festive watch.

Rating: 2 / 5

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