Four Christmases

Character mistake: During the Nativity play, Pastor Phil says, "Are we ready to see the result of the Immaculate Conception?" The term 'Immaculate Conception' refers to the conception of the Virgin Mary (conceived without Original Sin), not to the conception of Jesus. Furthermore, the Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Church, and not something which a Protestant pastor like Phil would believe in.

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Suggested correction: The immaculate conception refers to Mary conceiving Jesus. It was Immaculate because she was a virgin carrying God's child. The Virgin birth (Jesus birth) is in the New Testament and every Christian (Protestant and Catholic) believe the story of the Virgin Mary and birth of Jesus.

The Immaculate Conception is indeed the belief that Mary was born without Original Sin (and thus was immaculate, meaning spotless or clean), although some religions teach Mary was born in sin and made immaculate through the Holy Spirit. The birth of Jesus is known as the Virgin Birth (one could even use the phrase "virgin conception.") Immaculate Conception has nothing to do with being born of a virgin.


Character mistake: They are hooking up Brad's father's satellite dish and he falls pulling the TV up to the roof. The cable is connected to the TV. The problem is all dish systems have a box that goes with them. The cable goes from the satellite to the box, then to the TV - not directly to the TV set.


Continuity mistake: When Kate enters the room with the cot at Brad's father's house, she unbuttons all three buttons and begins to open her coat. The shot then changes to Brad's face for some time. On the return shot of Kate, she's beginning to unbutton the coat all over again, starting with the first button. (00:18:25)


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Brad: My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with.

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Trivia: Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn reportedly didn't get along at all during filming, allegedly due to their very different approaches - Witherspoon wanted to rehearse everything thoroughly while Vaughn wanted to improvise more. Reese Witherspoon ending up refusing to film a sex scene with him as a result of tension between them.

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