“Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito are hilarious as two neighbors trying to put the ‘win’ in ‘winter’ in one of the year’s funniest comedies! Determined to unseat Steve Finch’s (Broderick) reign as the town’s holiday season king, Buddy Hall (DeVito) plasters his house with so many decorative lights that it’ll be visible from space! When their wives (Kristin Davis and Kristin Chenoweth) bond, and their kids follow suit, the two men only escalate their rivalry Â and their decorating. It’s anybody’s guess whether the holidays will wind up jolly or jostled in this wild and woolly laugh-fest that the whole family will love!”
“Deck the Halls” is rated PG for some crude and suggestive humor, and for language.
It starts out by setting up a rivalry between DeVito and Broderick. It’s a battle similar to those seen in a million other films where neighbors fight an all out battle between each other. That sets up one stunt after another where Broderick faces repeated embarrassing mishaps. From sled stunts to over the top Christmas lighting, it’s the usual fare. Everything leads up to the inevitable reconciliation between the characters at the end all in the name of the Christmas spirit. Bleh.
The acting is rather unremarkable. Matthew Broderick is extremely wooden as Steve Finch. The older he gets the less I like him as an actor. Danny DeVito is his usual self as Buddy Hall. He inexplicably has a hot wife and two hot twin daughters. (I guess the casting director never studied genetics in school.) Even Jorge Garcia from “Lost” has a brief cameo but he’s quickly forgotten.
The only notable thing about this film is the production design. The lighting for the house, covered in LEDs, is pretty amazing. The house literally becomes a massive video screen. I’m sure it will inspire some home decorators this year.
My recommendation is that you pass on “Deck the Halls.” Get your holiday movie fix by watching well just about anything else this year.
Not only do they include widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film, but a bunch of bonus features are included, too. It’s your standard offerings of making of videos, deleted scenes, and bloopers. Oddly, they break out every single blooper scene into its own video. It was quite bizarre.