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
This is the second film Kristin Davis and Jackie Burroughs feature in together they both are also in The Winning Season (2004) See more »
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 »
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
You know what it is.
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.
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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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.
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