National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has always held a special place in my cold, black heart. The eccentric and annoying relatives swarming the Griswold house is one of the most realistic portrayals of family holidays I've seen.
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It's hard to pick a favorite, especially with so many to choose from, but I've gotta go with Home Alone, because it's a perfect movie that's both fun and full of details that reward multiple viewings. I never get tired of it, and I still always get a little misty at the end.
I've seen it so many times now, but I still keep noticing new things on repeat viewings, which is part of what makes it so great. Next time you watch it, try to spot the answers to these questions:
- Why isn't Kevin's plane ticket with all the other tickets when the family boards the plane?
- Why does Kevin need to buy a new toothbrush?
- Where does Kevin get the mannequins he uses to fool Harry and Marv into thinking there's a party going on?
- What do Kevin's parents do for a living that allows them to afford this huge house?
- Why does the house have a doggy door? Where's the dog?
There are explanations for all of these things (and more!) in the movie. It's clear that John Hughes and Chris Columbus spent a lot of time thinking about all these tiny details. 😄
While classics like It's A Wonderful Life hold a special place in my heart, they are representative of a bygone era that many youths today wouldn't be able to relate to. And I'd LOVE to say that Die Hard, Gremlins and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang are my favorites for a good holiday flick, they just aren't Christmas movies. They're movies that use Christmas as a plot device. And I would be overjoyed to choose Krampus, but I know I can't watch it with the niece and nephew around (and I know my wife wouldn't be overly thrilled with the terrifying creatures therein).
So for my money, I'd have to go with Elf. Family friendly, jokes for both kids and adults. You can't go wrong. Will Ferrell plays the role to perfection, being both naive and loveable, evoking the same humor he brought to Step Brothers. Highly enjoyable and, like the previously mentioned movies by the others above, easily rewatchable every holiday.
For me, it's a no-brainer.
Love Actually is a good one from the uk
I lead a sheltered life, or something...
I have seen Die Hard, but have not seen Elf -or- Home Alone.
"A Christmas Story"? Dozens of times...
This is the only right answer. It has everything a chrismas movie needs. A family coming back together, a moral, christmas music, a christmas party, machine guns and walking across broken glass. It's perfect.
My favorite Christmas movie is eyes wide shut then, or maybe lethal weapon.
Check out this guy's post, breaks it down way better than I can:
His conclusions are that while Fox may not have intended it to be a christmas movie, the prevalence of christmas imagery (21 distinct references), the overuse of Christmas songs as compared to non christmas movies (4, more than 99.2% of all movies), combined with the cultural embrace of the movie (spikes in interest at christmas, appearances on top christmas movie lists), makes it definitively a christmas move.
Also, the fact that there's a line in the movie about whether a song is "christmas music" makes it clear the writers knew exactly what they were doing.
Oh now you're just being contrarian. That they occur on or around Christmas has no bearing on the plot of either of those films! (EWS could have happened whenever; rich people go to weird parties all the time).
Ack! My husband loves that movie but I won’t allow that to be in our repertoire of Christmas movies. I love Arnold but for some reason I can’t get into this movie. Maybe I need to give it another chance but then again it might be as bad as I remember. 😂 I guess I owe it to him to watch a movie he likes and I don’t because he can’t stomach White Christmas and I love that movie. 🎄❄️
Apparently, the number one movie to watch during Christmas time in space is The Last Jedi. @JazliAziz
For me, nothing beats the court room scene in this movie where the United States Postal Service declares that Santa is real.
Google just did a fantastic ad with Macaulay Culkin:
That was a crazy but fascinating list from Vulture. 😀
They have Home Alone as #40 but Insects Christmas at 35?!
Also, Tangarine as #2?! That whole movie was shot on an iPhone 5s (but it still looks good) and it wildly breaks from the mold of Christmas movies being about well-to-do families.
I've never seen either of those - will have to add to my (Christmas viewing) list!