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Deck the Halls (2006)

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Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

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John Whitesell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Buddy Hall
Matthew Broderick ... Steve Finch
Kristin Davis ... Kelly Finch
Kristin Chenoweth ... Tia Hall
Alia Shawkat ... Madison Finch
Dylan Blue ... Carter Finch
Kelly Aldridge Kelly Aldridge ... Ashley Hall
Sabrina Aldridge Sabrina Aldridge ... Emily Hall
Jorge Garcia ... Wallace
Fred Armisen ... Gustave
Gillian Vigman ... Gerta
Ryan Devlin ... Bob Murray
Sean O'Bryan ... Mayor Young
SuChin Pak ... Herself
Jackie Burroughs ... Mrs. Ryor
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Storyline

Optometrist Steve Finch loves those Christmas traditions he has set up with his family and his town. As such, he has a schedule of activities for his family starting on December 1st, and is the official unofficial consultant for anything Christmas related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move in to the house across the street from the Finch's. The Halls in general are different in outlook and temperament than the Finches. Unlike Steve, Buddy Hall scams his way through life and never follows through with anything he starts. While Kelly Finch and Tia Hall - Steve's wife and Buddy's wife respectively - and their children begin friendships based largely on those differences, Steve and Buddy butt heads based on those differences. It begins with Buddy striving to have his house seen from outer space by decorating it as lavishly and brightly as possible. One of the results of Buddy's task his that he becomes the new go to guy for anything ... Written by Huggo

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The battle of the bulbs begins November 22nd. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude and suggestive humor, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Lit Up See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,001,256, 24 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,092,918, 4 February 2007
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second film Kristin Davis and Jackie Burroughs feature in together they both are also in The Winning Season (2004) See more »

Goofs

When the lights on the house are seen from space, the location is not Massachusetts. (In fact, there would be too much light pollution on the Eastern Seaboard to see the lights.) See more »

Quotes

Kelly Finch: What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Steve Finch: You know what it is.
Kelly Finch: Tell me.
Steve Finch: I was 7, my dad and I moved to Alabama... and Christmas morning we ate on the floor, ate French fries and drank chocolate milk.
Kelly Finch: That's what Christmas memories are made from, they're not planned, they're not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen.
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Connections

References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged and Performed by Gary Hoey
Courtesy of Surfdog Records
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Weak Christmas comedy with few laughs
21 February 2009 | by long-fordSee all my reviews

This is a misfire but not completely unwatchable. The story is simple. Two neighbors engage in a game of oneupmanship for Christmas. The acting is mediocre with Matthew Broderick strangely flat. His character just doesn't seem normal! Danny De Vito is alright. The jokes are weak thanks to a lazy script. Even the obligatory change of heart towards the end isn't properly developed. The whole thing feels like a concept movie that was made without a proper script. However, the Christmas lights are impressive and 'the making of' feature on DVD will be interesting.

Overall 3/10


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