Optometrist Steve Finch loves those Christmas traditions he has set up with his family and his town. As such, he has a schedule of activities for his family starting on December 1st, and is the official unofficial consultant for anything Christmas related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move in to the house across the street from the Finch’s. The Halls in general are different in outlook and temperament than the Finches. Unlike Steve, Buddy Hall scams his way through life and never follows through with anything he starts. While Kelly Finch and Tia Hall – Steve’s wife and Buddy’s wife respectively – and their children begin friendships based largely on those differences, Steve and Buddy butt heads based on those differences. It begins with Buddy striving to have his house seen from outer space by decorating it as lavishly and brightly as possible. One of the results of Buddy’s task his that he becomes the new go to guy for anything …
User Reviews: This is a misfire but not completely unwatchable. The story is simple. Two neighbors engage in a game of oneupmanship for Christmas. The acting is mediocre with Matthew Broderick strangely flat. His character just doesn’t seem normal! Danny De Vito is alright. The jokes are weak thanks to a lazy script. Even the obligatory change of heart towards the end isn’t properly developed. The whole thing feels like a concept movie that was made without a proper script. However, the Christmas lights are impressive and ‘the making of’ feature on DVD will be interesting.