Four Christmases (DVD)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 March, 2009, 12:00am

No matter how busy you are, family should remain one of life's most precious things, and that is the message in Four Christmases, directed by Seth Gordon.

The movie reminds us why this festive period should be all about those closest to us.

Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) are financially independent with successful careers.

They have no desire to spend their spare time with family members, whose only aim seems to be to make life more difficult.

The movie's message is, yes, cousins, nieces and nephews can be annoying; elderly relatives babble away about nonsense; and parents can pry into your personal life. But time spent with family is still priceless.

Both Brad and Kate have divorced parents. They've managed to avoid ever spending Christmas with family.

But when all flights are cancelled, the duo have no choice but to spend Christmas with family. Despite the ups and downs, both learn about the importance of family.

The underlying message may be obvious, but there are enough silly jokes to keep this film from becoming corny. Watch it with your family and remember how lucky you are.