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Deck the Halls (2006)

Matthew Broderick , Danny DeVito , John Whitesell  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis, Alia Shawkat
  • Directors: John Whitesell
  • Writers: Chris Ord, Don Rhymer, Matt Corman
  • Producers: John Whitesell, Arnon Milchan, Jeremiah Samuels, Michael Costigan
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UX798I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deck the Halls" on IMDb

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Good neighbors can be hard to come by and when the flighty Buddy Hall (Danny Devito) moves in across the street from the conservative Dr. Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick), it quickly becomes apparent that the two men are complete opposites. While Finch methodically plans out every minute of the coming Christmas season for his family, Buddy craves freshness and excitement and is seized by an impulsive desire to decorate his house so brightly that it can be seen from space. While the men's wives Kelly (Kristin Davis) and Tia (Kristin Chenoweth) and their children revel in one another's differences and form solid friendships, a rivalry of personalities and Christmas spirit ensues between the two men that will wind up testing the patience and love of every member of both families. This is fun, comical holiday entertainment for the entire family ages 9 and older. --Tami Horiuchi

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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 ­ 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!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There are two reasons to see "Deck the Halls," and those two reasons would not be the stars Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. This 2006 Christmas comedy was apparently inspired by "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," or the episodes of "Home Improvement" where Tim tries to outdo the neighbor's Christmas display, or any other movie or television show that is based on the oxymoronic notion of cut-throat decorating at Christmas time, none of which is enough to warrant seeing this film either, especially if you can get your hands on one of those others instead. But still, there are a couple of reasons to check this movie out nonetheless.

Steve Finch (Broderick) is not only the town's eye doctor, he is also Mr. Christmas. However, Buddy Hall (DeVito) has moved in across the street and when he learns that his house cannot be seen from space by an online site that is mapping the Earth, he decides the solution is to deck his house with every Christmas tree light he can get his hands on. Broderick and DeVito can do these roles in their sleep, or at least in low gear, and the script never gives them any reason to rev up their performances. As their respective wives, Kirstin Davis and Kristen Chenoweth, also have little to do until Chenoweth finally gets to sing near the end and serve as a reminder that you just cannot make a living being a singing star on Broadway these days. However, I keep thinking they cast her because she is approximately DeVito's size, setting up the visual humor of their tall blond twin daughters, and not because she is a talented Broadway musicale actress. For that matter, Davis is just spinning her wheels waiting for the "Sex in the City" movie to give her something decent to do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Funny. November 6, 2013
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Loads of laughs. Impish Danny DeVito shines once again. Like Home Alone, it's a movie to watch every Christmas season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Addition to Our Christmas Movie Collection January 12, 2014
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If you haven't seen this one, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Although there are some dry moments throughout the story, they are easily covered by the comedic actions of the popular faces you will no doubt recognize. Think about adding this one to your own holiday collection. You'll be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must watch every christmas August 6, 2013
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Danny DeVito was hilarious in the movie. Matthew Broaderick was so serious . Had a very funny plot. I would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas movie May 18, 2013
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The Movie was very good the service was the best as far as I am concerned. Thanks for the good job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious May 1, 2013
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Love Christmas Movies. This one in particular is very funny. Yet it can be so true of many neighborhoods. Too much competition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny April 15, 2013
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i like it not near as much as the others, i do have it in my collection, i'm sure i will watch it again, husband wants too.
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32 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Halls November 12, 2007
Format:DVD
This film not only missed the mark, it missed the tournament. DECK THE HALLS is a Christmas movie hopelessly in search of a genre. The plot, which should have been simple, leans one way and then the other. At times DECK THE HALLS seemed to be a "Wanna Be" with blatant similarities to other comedies such as RV, CHRISTMAS VACATION, and PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES. Unfortunately the story trips over the holiday holly.

In the story Buddy Hall (Danny DeVito) moves in across the street from Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick). Finch is an upper middle class Massachusetts optometrist who holds the unofficial title as Mr. Christmas in his community. Finch is de-throned by his neighbor when Hall coincidentally decides to adorn his own home with so many lights that it will be visible from outer space. The gaudy Christmas display across the street only serves to push Finch over the edge. Though visitors and reporters gleefully flock to Hall's ever brighter work-in-progress, Finch is not amused by the noise, bright lights, and traffic blocking his driveway.

Finch loses his patience and attempts to sabotage Hall's efforts. Finch's attempts not only backfire, but draw retaliation from Hall. The obsessions of both men, Hall with his lights and Finch with toppling Hall, finally drive the two men's wives and children from their respective homes. The neighbors realize that in their various selfish pursuits they ignored their families. Finding something in common the two make peace, work together to lure their families back, and discover the Yule tide gift of friendship.

Sorry folks. The plot summary is better than the actual film. There were so many missed opportunities in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed watching this movie with our family
Funny and pretty clean. It's hard to enjoy a family movie but we all seem to
like the hilarious things that this movie shows. Read more
Published 23 days ago by oralia D'Ambra
5.0 out of 5 stars Deck The Halls
Great family movie, bought it for a christmas gift for my family! Was in great shape and a responble price.
Published 24 days ago by April Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick
It was a good movie to put on and get in the holiday spirit. I may just have to put this movie on every year.
Published 27 days ago by Samantha
2.0 out of 5 stars Watched this one at the suggestion of a friend
My friend thought this was hilarious. I thought it was predictable, and saw little that was really funny. Not impressed.
Published 1 month ago by Jayce Tohline
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly bad
But it was worth it in order to follow along to the How Did This Get Made podcast over Christmas.
Published 1 month ago by J. Huck
5.0 out of 5 stars funny holiday move
my wife and I were off around Christmas and were wanting to watch something different. However, after going through all the channels on the tv we were unable to find anything. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ppdjs725
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but hilarious pairing of DeVito and Broderick
We all know the comic antics of Danny DeVito, starting way back in Taxi; but who would have thought that Matthew Broderick would be equally funny? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katina
5.0 out of 5 stars Outdoing Your Neighbor
This is such a funny Christmas movie portraying how neighbors try to out-do each other with Christmas decorations, so very true in many neighborhoods, thank you to all those people... Read more
Published 1 month ago by HappyDonita
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
Here's another must have Christmas movie for your collection. It's just too funny from beginning to end. I highly recommend this Christmas movie.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Added to my Christmas collection. Love these actors - very entertaining. Hope to order more movies in the coming year - keep the prices low!! :-)
Published 2 months ago by LQ Dzign
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