As promised, here comes a list of other Christmas movies to watch over the festive days. Yesterday, you were given real gems (as considered by me), but today I will include a wider range of movies, some of which not particularly good but worth watching on a snowy (or rainy) Christmas Day.
This movie tells the story of a couple who, after their flight to Fiji gets cancelled, have to visit all their four parents (each is divorced and has a new family) at Christmas. Chaos and funny situations are ahead!
With Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn
Home Alone (2)
I, personally, have never been a fan of the Home Alone franchise and deem Kevin not cute or lovable at all, but rather perceive him as a total psychopath (and Macaulay Culkin isn't helping). However, most people would consider the movies as classics for Christmas, so follow Kevin being left home and defending his home to two absurdly stupid and un-gifted thieves. For fans of slapstick and shallow humour. #
The Christmas Prince
Netflix has provided some lovely Christmas movies and even though The Christmas Prince is no bummer, it is a worthwhile watch for a lazy afternoon. Amber Moore, an editor and aspiring journalist, is sent to Andovia, a fake kingdom set in a lovely castle (which, by the way, is the same they used in A Princess for Christmas - see below).
There she is supposed to write an article about the scandal-ridden prince but soon discovers that nothing is at she thought at first (who would have thought)...
Christmas at Castlebury Hall
This other cheesy movie is, in my opinion, slightly better than the one above and follows Buffalo-based antique shop saleswoman Jules Daly who, after her sister's demise, has to take care of the two children. Shortly before Christmas, the estranged grandfather and Lord of Castlebury Hall invites them for Christmas and they travel to the fake European Castlebury Hall where not only the embittered grandfather can open his heart, but Jules also meets his amazing son (and prince) Ashton (played by no one else than Outlander hottie Sam Heughan).
The Polar Express
A slightly creepy Christmas story, The Polar Express never managed to capture my heart. Cinematically it's really good, I guess, but the notion of a train roaming the country and picking up children to bring them to an old man far away is simply too creepy. The story is about a boy who starts to doubt Santa's existence and is whisked to the North Pole on the Polar Express where he meets a myriad of variable characters - all equally weird, but if it's your deal, why not?
I hate Will Ferrell. Seriously, among Adam Sandler, he is the actor who cannot act, is not funny and whose movies simply suck (only think of Bewitched, it wasn't Nicole Kidman's fault the movie sucked so epically).
Having said that it comes as no big surprise that I also don't like Elf. I think it is a stupid and sort of dazing movie in which a huge grown-up runs around among little elves. When Buddy (as he has been named), finds out his human father is on the Naughty List, he sets off to put him straight back on the Good List, setting off a string of embarrassingly twisted-to-be-funny moments which result mainly of the Will-Ferrell-Show.
Pete's Christmas is among the films I discovered this year and really liked. It is about Pete who has had the worst Christmas ever and, upon waking up, realises it's the morning of Christmas again and again and again (it's the Groundhog Day Syndrome) and realises that he has the once in a lifetime chance to create the perfect Christmas and probably even amend some things gone wrong.
Love the Coopers
Another family Christmas drama surrounding about various individuals and their problems. The parents want a divorce after forty years and their children come with their individual drama to celebrate Christmas. Their daughter brings a complete stranger, pretending he's her fiancé and his son is still struggling to come to terms with his divorce, so you can imagine you are in for trouble, big reveals and a hearty family get-together.
With Diane Keaton, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried
The Spirit of Christmas
For fans of Christmas ghost stories, this is one for you (after you have watched A Christmas Carol). Kate, a busy lawyer, has to get a B&B appraised and sold before Christmas and travels to the big house only to find out that a ghost is haunting it (a truly hot and touchable ghost, that is) and attempts to set him free. So she dives into the past to secure her present, but what Kate actually wants changes rather surprisingly (or not).
I’ll be Home for Christmas
This movie starring Mena Suvari as a single mother to a (entirely obnoxious) daughter tells the story of a workaholic, uptight woman whose free-spirited but grumpy father surprisingly visits over Christmas and will put her life upside down.
A predictable but very warm movie, perfect to watch with your family or cosied up alone (so no one can shame-watch you). Just don't think of American Beauty while watching it, or it gets rather disturbing.
The Nightmare before Christmas
For a rather short time, I was a massive Tim Burton fan and, obviously, I also watched The Nightmare Before Christmas. However, it really freaked me out and I have sworn to myself to never watch it again. Still, if you are into moving, creepy dolls who sing (admittedly great) song, this movie is definitely for you. Follow the characters into Halloween Town where all the monsters live, among them Jack, a skeleton with a rather eponymous name (it's Skellington). Jack decides it's unfair that Christmas should only be for the citizens of Christmas Town and announces Halloween Town will take over the feast this year, resulting in havoc and chaos, as you can imagine. Prepare to have nightmares (as the title suggest) and don't say I didn't warn you...
Alright, this wraps it up. With these movies you should have plenty to watch, and if not, here are some more movies which aren't Christmas movies, but still get you in a great mood.
Three Wishes for Cinderella
The Little Lord
Rise of the Guardians
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