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But in a family romp it's confusing for the kids who'd come under the false impression that revenge is right. Everyone else thinks Buddy is delightful, and Steve is grilled for disliking his neighbour.
But the more Steve attempts to show everyone what a jerk Buddy is and he IS a jerk; a lying, thieving, crass buffoon the more it backfires, making him look bad and making everyone love Buddy all the more. A typical scene depicts either Buddy or Steve or both attempting to handle some sort of situation before something foolish and predictable transpires. This formula being reused over and over again makes up Deck the Halls. Trees are burned, dads perversely leer at their teenage daughters without realising it, and a character gets covered in animal excrement.
But it's obvious that, despite so many disasters, there will be a reunion of sorts at the end of the film and amends will be made. All is forgiven, right?
It spends over an hour establishing Buddy as a despicable wretch, and then the audience is expected to start liking him because Steve is dumb enough to be conned into forgiving the guy? In the real world, Buddy would be forced to reform; to admit his wrongdoing and plead for forgiveness. The fact that this stuff sticks out while watching Deck the Halls is an indicator of the quality of the humour.
The lack of reality could be forgiven if only there were laughs to be had, but this film ain't funny, nor is it fun or enjoyable. Matt Corman and Chris Ord were credited for the screenplay, and this is their first Hollywood credit.
Parent reviews for Deck the Halls
Boy, their inexperience is obvious. Every amateurish trick designed to entertain is employed, such as an expensive, prized family vase mentioned early into the film that one can pretty much guarantee will play a part somewhere in the third act to provide a giggle.
Furthermore, characters appear to mysteriously recite one-liners when they're alone. A prime example of this is a scene during which a young boy, upon seeing two hot girls undress through a window, exclaims "This is going to be the best Christmas ever! Who are you talking to, you horny little brat?
The telegraph pole you're perched on? Once the script was completed, Don Rhymer conducted rewrites and John Whitesell was hired as the director. Garbage of a monumental degree was destined to be born from this point forward. Rhymer and Whitesell had also collaborated previously for Big Momma's House 2. These two are purveyors of hopeless crap - they're some of the worst "talent" Hollywood has ever seen.
Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito appear to give it their all as the protagonists here, but the actors merely play the umpteenth versions of their long-established screen personas. It's a very tragic state of affairs indeed when someone of DeVito's stature can't get a laugh If you're a fan of one or both performers, you simply don't want to see the material they've been allocated.
Deck the Halls doesn't do an adequate job of capturing the spirit of the holiday season either.
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There are Christmas carols and a pallet of red and green, but this lifeless film has no heart. Deck the Halls, however, is not destined to be remembered among them. Why is it so hard to make a decent Christmas comedy? Not every movie has to be on the level of It's a Wonderful Life. A Home Alone or a Love Actually would do fine. Nevertheless, year after year, we get unfunny and unpleasant cinematic abortions. Deck the Halls takes its place alongside Surviving Christmas and Christmas with the Kranks as one of the most unpleasant gifts of the Christmas season.
Tia and Kelly decorate a motel Christmas tree with mini liquor bottles as ornaments. We see a guy with a neon sign around his neck that's the word "beer.
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Buddy accidentally spills a gas can, prompting Kelly to ask if anyone smells gas. Steve, who's chopping down a tree and doesn't know about the gasoline, yet, replies, "Cut me some slack, I'm swinging pretty hard" suggesting he thinks she said he farted. Steve becomes upset with Buddy, saying he Steve is the "Christmas guy" in their town.
Suggesting he's the new person in that role, Buddy tells Steve he can take "toe jam" day. To keep Buddy from seeing him, Steve jumps into the former's Christmas display manager and lands in animal excrement that's then on the front of his clothing. A camel there then blows yellow phlegm or something similar all over Steve's face. Some viewers might not like it when Buddy jokes about dropping the fridge on a cat while moving in, adding that most of it the cat got away the referenced incident is not seen.
Buddy's teenage twins say they can get Madison a fake I. Buddy's coworkers send him out on a bet to try to sell a car to an old man, not telling him he's the owner of the dealership but Buddy succeeds. We see that Buddy has duct-taped fake antlers to some horses to make them look like reindeer. Buddy secretly plugs into Steve's power burying the electric line under the snow to help light up his Christmas display.