If you can’t watch A Christmas Story on a loop for another year in a row, here are some much better fallback choices.
A Diva’s Christmas Carol-I’m sorry, Vanessa Williams as Ebony Scrooge. How can this not be more valued?
The Hebrew Hammer-It’s hard to understand why this 2003 Comedy Central flick didn’t catch on. Is it the inherent anti-Semitic nature of America or is Adam Goldberg just not leading man material?
The Family Stone-In spite of the star-studded cast, it seems that people rarely revisit this 2005 holiday gem about a dysfunctional family and their reaction to Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), their son Everett’s (Dermot Mulroney) new girlfriend.
Mixed Nuts-What could be realer (and more comical) than a plot centered around a suicide prevention hotline in L.A. during Christmas?
The Family Man-Blending elements of A Christmas Carol and Wall Street, Nicolas Cage had a weird era where his movies (like Lord of War and The Weather Man) went largely unnoticed. This film was among said era. I guess all it took was National Treasure for the man to get some appreciation.
Bad Santa-It gets vaguely preachy about consumerism for a split second at the end, but Bad Santa is arguably the most honest, unapologetic anti-Christmas movie (thanks in part to direction from Terry Zwigoff) ever made.
This Christmas-Chris Brown in a Christmas movie. Oh the nonsensical nature of it. How could this film (and the accompanying cheesy song of the same name) be so under appreciated?
Just Friends-Ana Faris as an annoying pop star and Ryan Reynolds as a former fat kid/Boys II Men fan are just some of the cherry moments that make Just Friends a worthy holiday movie.
The Sure Thing-The “sure thing” in question, of course, is Nicolette Sheridan. As one of Rob Reiner’s earlier movies, The Sure Thing is perhaps often overlooked as a Christmas movie because people view it as 1) A coming of age story and 2) A road trip movie.
Serendipity-What is it with John Cusack and the holidays? In addition to showcasing how delicious Serendipity desserts are, this is also a must-view film for getting all maudlin about how magical New York is at Christmastime.