Ok, this one will be short and sweet. I’m embarrassed to admit that I watched this at all, but alas, I’ll admit, I’m not a very sophisticated movie watcher at times and this movie fits the “cheap thrill” audience looking for something light. It starred Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, and while I don't find Vaughn to be a great actor, he can be entertaining, and Witherspoon is usually charming.
I’m probably pretty generous to give this movie a 3 out of 5, but it exceeded my expectations…I thought it would be really bad, but found it to hold my interest on a very superficial level while I worked on a grocery list and did a little internet hopping for Christmas presents.
In summary, the movie wasn’t too trashy, and pretty well summed up, if not over exaggerated on a comical level, the family dynamics at many of our family holiday gatherings; strained relationships, obnoxious extended family, the desire for our families to share embarrassing details about our childhood with our significant other. It also played up some pretty funny socio-economic stereotypes, like sister in-laws who offer cheese whiz on Ritz cracker appetizers. In the end, I can’t recommend renting it because there probably are, in fact, better things to do with your time…but if you’re really needing something superficial to veg out on the couch with, I’ve seen worse!