Doane Gregory
Owen Gleiberman
November 22, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Deck the Halls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/22/06
performer
Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis
director
John Whitesell
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Matt Corman, Chris Ord
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

It’s a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of-a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve. In this year’s lump of coal, Matthew Broderick is the control freak who lives for toasty yuletide cheer, and Danny DeVito is the vulgar pest who wants his holiday lights seen from space. The dueling-neighbor crankfest is blah, but when DeVito unveils his zillion-watt light show, Deck the Halls touches a timely question: Can Christmas survive the age of technology? Not in this film it can’t.

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