This family comedy is about one-upmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve, a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Buddy, is Steve\'s polar opposite: a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But, Buddy\'s latest dream--to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space--is turning Steve\'s disciplined world into a nightmare. As Buddy\'s home explodes with festive lights of incredible design, increasing complexity, and exponentially growing wattage, Steve becomes a man on a mission. At any cost, he will thwart Buddy--or top him.
Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito look tired and out of sorts as feuding neighbors, and you can hardly blame them, given this picture’s inept, curdled mixture of sappiness and crude humor.
2006-11-22 | A. O. SCOTT | Read the New York Times Review of Deck The Halls