Hollywood likes to use the Christmas season as a time to pump out a lot of big-name movies back to back. Producers know people love any excuse to get their visiting family members to shut up for an hour and a half.
This year we are seeing big budget releases like the Sherlock Holmes sequel, Twilight Saga: Is It Over Yet? and Harold and Kumar Do Drugs and Meet Neil Patrick Harris, just to name a few. Granted, the titles may be off, but the plot is covered well enough.
But if you are anything like me, you aren’t really planning to see any of these movies this season because you have no money, no one to see them with and are really lazy. But there is good news.
Hollywood offers a metric ton of classic Christmas movies you can marathon during the school break, as long as you don’t mind admitting to yourself you’re a shut-in.
One great movie is Scrooged, starring Bill Murray. Released in 1988, the film is a meant to be a modern, comedic retelling of the classic story A Christmas Carol.
Murray plays Frank Cross, a TV executive who is a real Scrooge (ba dum, tiss!) to his family and employees. Through a series of wacky mishaps, the determination of three spirits and one very awkward scene with a frozen homeless guy, Murray learns the true meaning of-oh geez-I can’t even finish that sentence. Regardless, it’s a fun movie.
A personal favorite of mine is The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington, a literal skeleton and king of Halloweentown, becomes bored with the repetition of scaring children. Upon finding a magical portal to Christmastown, Jack tries his best to celebrate the season in his own unique way. Once you get past the Danny Elfman of it all, it’s highly entertaining. Plus, it’s a singing skeleton.
A third choice would be the Chevy Chase classic Christmas Vacation. This film tells the tried-and-true tale of how letting more than one side of the family into your house at the same time will always end in a highly volatile standoff with the police.
The good news is, the movie has Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid. The bad news is, it has everyone else, too. But, honestly, Randy Quaid should be enough to make anyone watch this movie.
And finally, there is It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s not a comedy like the other three, but it is an absolute must-see despite that fatal flaw. Released in 1946, the movie stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a terminally depressed individual with a heart of gold.
When George is on the brink of committing suicide, an angel gives him the chance to see what the world would be like if he had never been born. Because the film is black and white, people may not want to watch it, but if it sways you in any way, every time you watch this film from start to finish, an angel gets his wings. True story. Watch the movie.
Those are just some of the many, many options available to watch without getting off the couch this holiday season. Grab a blanket, some Christmas tree cookies and the TV remote, and you’re good until you’re asked to peel potatos.
However, I urge people to stay away from TBS’s 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story.
Seriously, one full day of that is enough to make me want to shoot my eyes out. Stay far away from that channel this season, and maybe you, too, can make it through the holidays.