Deck the Halls

Theatrical Release: November 22, 2006
Deck the Halls


A family comedy about one-upsmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration… and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve (Matthew Broderick), a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Danny (Danny DeVito) is Steve’s polar opposite – a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But Danny’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 chaotic nightmare. As Danny’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 Danny – or top him.

Dove Review

If you liked the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” you will love this one. This slapstick comedy is about two men with an obsession of being number one at Christmas. Danny and Steve’s competitive ways get each one of them into trouble and causes problems for both men. There are plenty of laughs to go around in this funny movie.

However, I was disappointed to hear so many sexual jokes. And my jaw dropped when Steve gets frustrated by his neighbor’s light display and exclaims “Jesus.” Now, I should be fair and tell you that the wives and neighbors around him gasp in horror when they hear him and he immediately breaks into a Christmas Carol that uses the name Jesus in it. Unfortunately, this is a poorly disguised attempt by the film’s director to invoke a laugh from the audience while trying to get away with using biblical profanity in a film. Due to this, Dove cannot approve an otherwise enjoyable film.

Content Description

Sex: A married couple kiss while lying in bed, much sexual innuendo.
Language: G-8; A-1; H-2; D-1; Fart-1; The name of Jesus is used as a profanity and then quickly covered up with a Christmas song.
Violence: Man in a run away sleigh hits cars, woman points knife at husband, Christmas tree goes up in flames, man sets off illegal fireworks and sets house on fire, man hits old woman with snowball, women hit husbands on back of the head, husbands get slapped.
Drugs: Reference to meth lab, small alcohol bottles used as decoration on tree.
Nudity: Picture of naked woman laying on floor - nothing seen, cleavage and low cut tops, very short skirts on young teenage girls, girls and woman show cleavage in nightgowns, two men naked under blanket but not shown on screen.
Other: Betting on car sale.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Whitesell
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe