Last night while flipping through the channels, I noticed that Home Alone was on. Having never seen it, I decided to watch it keeping in mind that I had only ever heard amazing things about this holiday flick. However, once I started watching, it occurred to me immediately that Home Alone is a terrible movie. This got me thinking: what other classic holiday movies are actually terrible?
Well here is a list of five movies you should avoid this Christmas.
Do not get me wrong, I love Will Ferrell. The man can almost do no wrong. But this 2003 hit will certainly annoy to no end.
The story follows Buddy, a middle aged man who thinks he is an elf. Why? Because he was raised by elves and they never told him he was adopted. Hilarious. He goes to New York in order to find his real family, who are all grumpy and hate Christmas. Wow, conflicting interests.
Anyway, eventually he saves Christmas and everyone loves him. Oh, Zoey Deschanel is in it and she sings a lot.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Get ready, because here is another holiday comedy where a Saturday Night Live alumnus dresses up like a cartoon and acts obnoxious in order to make a ton of money.
This is the heart-warming tale of being rude to your neighbours if they’re just a little bit different than you. The Grinch lives up on a hill, hating everyone for being happy and the Who’s live down below the hill in WhoVille, hating the Grinch for not being happy. It is a very complex story line as you can tell.
But, eventually he saves Christmas and everyone loves him.
Christmas with The Kranks
Surprise! Tim Allen is in a Christmas film where he doesn’t play good old Saint Nick. Instead he plays Luther, a middle aged man who wants a vacation with his wife, Jamie Lee Curtis. That’s it. That is all that happens in this movie. It is an hour and forty minutes and that is as complex as the story line gets.
I think eventually he saves Christmas and everyone loves him.
Problem number one with this film: Reese Witherspoon would never date, much less marry Vince Vaughn. The height difference alone would end that relationship.
Anyway, this film follows this happy couple as they get caught in a lie and are forced to spend Christmas with their families. It is through spending so much time together that Brad (Vaughn’s character) realizes that he doesn’t want kids or to marry Kate (Witherspoon’s character.)
She on the other hand realizes she does want marriage and kids with him, which causes friction and almost ruins the holidays.
No worries though, eventually he saves Christmas and everyone loves him.
The Santa Clause 3
I’m not saying the first two Santa Clause movies are gems or anything, but they are pieces of art compared to the third.
Tim Allen plays Santa Clause, a man who is jolly and fantastic, while Martin Short plays Jack Frost a man who is cold and bitter about Santa’s fame. Very dramatic. He’s also busy trying to impress the new in-laws. How or why Santa Clause has in-laws is beyond me.
Anyway, he eventually saves Christmas and everyone loves him.
In no way am I encouraging anyone not to watch these films. Sometimes even the worst films can have the fondest memories. So curl up with whatever holiday flick you love, even if it is terrible.