Divorce takes a holiday in "Four Christmases"

Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:40pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marriage, kids and divorce have all had their impact on Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, so when it comes to planning the holidays and extended family visits, she has this advice: go with the flow.

Witherspoon, 32, sees her new film comedy "Four Christmases," debut in U.S. theaters on Wednesday telling of an unmarried couple whose relationship is forever changed after a series of holiday visits to their four divorced parents.

The actress, who has two young children with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, said in recent interviews that she deals with her own family dynamics at the holidays by trying to stay open and communicating with everyone concerned.

"It's all very go with the flow, whatever happens in the moment," she said.

After seven years of marriage, she and Phillippe separated in 2006 and finalized their divorce this past June. She said her feelings about marriage have changed, somewhat.

"I had a certain idea of what I thought marriage gives and the whole life and how things are, and sometimes it doesn't work out that way," she said. "So you have to be open to whatever comes your way in life, and life and love and relationships take all kinds of shapes."

Divorces and extended families are often the norm in today's world, but Witherspoon said the story being told in "Four Christmases" seemed very unique for moviegoers.

"I've never really seen someone have to deal with the idea of blended family and how they have to go to a million different places," Witherspoon said. "But I hear people complain about it constantly."   Continued...