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When the spirit of Christmas compels a small-town New Englander to decorate his home with enough lights to make it visible from space, much more is set to be decked than just the halls in this holiday... read more read more... comedy featuring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick as two warring neighbors determined to outdo each other in creating the best lighting display on the planet. Christmas is without question the most wonderful time of the year for Cloverdale, MA optometrist Steve Finch (Broderick). Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Steve's wife, Kelly (Kristin Davis), and the pair's two children, Madison (Alia Shawkat) and Carter (Dylan Blue). Despite Steve's annual holiday zeal, the rest of the Carters have grown to resent the seemingly endless family rituals leading up the Winterfest carnival over which their terminally cheerful patriarch presides. Though it seems that nothing in the world could dampen the spirits of the local "King of Christmas," Steve soon finds his royal status challenged when used-car salesman Buddy Hall (Danny DeVito) moves in next door and covers his house with enough festive lights to make it visible from the deepest crater of the moon. His Yuletide thunder effectively stolen, Steve resorts to desperate measures in regaining his crown when Buddy's lavish decorations make him a local celebrity, his wife strikes up a warm friendship with the neighbor's outspoken better half, Tia (Kristin Chenoweth), and even the kids seem to warm to the car salesman's air-headed twin daughters, Ashley and Emily (Sabrina and Kelly Aldridge). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007

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  • January 4, 2013
    Matthew Broderick must be the most lethargic actors working today. I don't blame him for not caring though, this isn't a film to get passionate about. Danny DeVito's likability is the only thing going for this film that on the whole could have been good if only they hadn't gone c... read moreompletely over the top and stupid with it.
  • January 30, 2012
    Deck the Halls is a very sweet but edgy christmas film thats kept alive by its wonderful cast and witty humour. It's not overly bad as everyone says it is.
  • December 26, 2011
    the only part i really liked was when he said "jesus!....christ the lord was born" hehe the rest was ok
  • August 15, 2011
    A movie that is too terrible for words, come on Danny DeVito, get back in the game.
  • December 7, 2010
    Christmas Movie Review Mania
    Episode #5: Deck the Halls

    Welcome to the first negative review in the Christmas Movie Review Mania series! Deck the Halls is a predictable Christmas movie with a very stupid plot. The acting is mediorce. The humor is both funny and unfunny. This ... read moreis nowhere close to all those funny Christmas comedies like "The Santa Clause" or "A Christmas Story". Did I mention that the movie has a bit of offensive humor? Anyways, don't watch unless you're in the mood for a bad comedy.
  • November 22, 2010
    A so-so comedy about rival neighbours overdoing the Christmas celebrations. Good cast and it has funny moments, one to watch over the festive season if nothing much else is on.
  • December 21, 2009
    this movie sucks. dont argue with me. and it has the breathtakingly (his breath, not mine) obese obese fat sweaty guy from "Lost". THIS MAN IS FAT.
  • December 5, 2009
    Outstanding Christmas film, I my option for the whole family. Enjoyable and fun. Danny DiVito does what he does best. the kid star played his part well, showing what young teen agers feel about twin girls and naked paintings of Dannys Wife. Alia Shawkat stole my heart, great actr... read moreess. Enjoyed the Christmas lighting, best house I have ever seen. 5 Star Film. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy
  • July 18, 2009
    Whats the point of this? there's no real plot, its not funny and the cast are naff. Broderick is soooo wet these days and Devito needs better material. Its yr typical Xmas movie, all the same cliches and outcomes, trying to be a 'National Lampoons' beater maybe? its looks nice an... read mored very festive and the kids may like it but there's no Xmas magic there for them, its just a pointless film. The three young teen girls in the film make it better haha WOW!
  • April 5, 2009
    "There glows the neighborhood"

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


    The movie begins with some promise,... read more building characters and presenting a conflict. However, the last half hour is a joke (and a bad one at that). There is no acting, no plot, and no comedy. The worst part of the film is when the family is walking down a holiday lane that DeVito builds in efforts to make amends to everyone. My jaw dropped as I watched the movie get worse by the minute. I like Danny DeVito. He has an interesting character for the first half of the film. But as the character changes toward the end the interesting aspect quickly wears off. I would only suggest that anyone watch this film if they want to see some terrible film-making.

Critic Reviews

Joshua Land
April 14, 2007
Joshua Land, Time Out New York

Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles. Full Review

J. R. Jones
December 26, 2006
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

This one follows the depressing pattern of Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks: enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness. Full Review

James Berardinelli
November 24, 2006
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

I love the Christmas season, but there are times when I wish it would go away if only to save audiences from horrific experiences like this. Full Review

Ella Taylor
November 23, 2006
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly

There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
November 23, 2006
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve. Full Review

Stephen Hunter
November 22, 2006
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank. Full Review

Geoff Pevere
November 22, 2006
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

As long as atrocious, fake-pine duds like this keep making their money back, there's no such thing as a Christmas that's too commercial. Full Review

Ted Fry
November 22, 2006
Ted Fry, Seattle Times

Looking for some early holiday cheer? Look at anything but Deck the Halls. Full Review

Walter V. Addiego
November 22, 2006
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

The raw ingredients of this crass holiday comedy include an inept stab at Home Alone-style slapstick, sitcom-thin characters, a snickering attitude about tacky yuletide decorations and a good helping ... Full Review

Roger Moore
November 22, 2006
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Does anybody in Hollywood celebrate Christmas anymore? You have to wonder, with the woeful Christmas fare that has been hurled at us the past few years. Full Review

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