This movie was released last Christmas season, I believe, to generally poor reviews. I thought it was fairly entertaining, though. Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito play neighbors feuding over Christmas decorations. Predictable, mildly amusing hijinks ensue. The result is a little like a longer episode of a TV sitcom, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And I find it interesting that Matthew Broderick, who gained fame playing the free-spirited Ferris Bueller, now usually plays very uptight, self-controlled characters. Nobody’s going to mistake DECK THE HALLS for a Christmas classic, but it’s a pleasant enough way to spend an evening.
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