Even though I’m a firm believer in listening to Christmas songs all year round, I scream along just a bit more convincingly to ‘All I Want For Christmas’ or ‘Last Christmas’ when I know it’s that time of year again. So when both of those songs were played over the weekend and I found myself –and everyone else around me- passionately singing along to these songs, I realized that the Christmas season has now truly started. Which means: time to watch some Christmas movies!
For those of us, who feel adventurous and want to watch something different than Home Alone or Love Actually, Medium has selected the best newer Christmas movies.
A Bad Mom’s Christmas 2 (2017)
The sequel to Bad Moms is out and it’s Christmas themed! In a way, nothing has changed for the three main characters: Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kirsten Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn). They’re still three very busy mothers, who live stressful lives and don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Only now, their lives are even more hectic due to all of the Christmas preparation stress. And, to top it all off, their mothers are visiting for Christmas. Amy, Kiki and Carla reach their boiling point and kick their mothers out of their houses. Christmas is ruined! But of course, reconciliation is the key to saving Christmas.
Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
The male version of A Bad Mom’s Christmas features Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), who get along well after Dusty got used to the fact that Brad is now stepfather to his children. This time, they have to deal with their own fathers coming over for Christmas. Dusty and Brad have a very different relationship with their fathers as becomes clear while they’re picking their fathers up from the airport. Dusty’s father (Mel Gibson) is a very manly type of guy and has always had a distant relationship with Dusty. Brad and his father (John Lithgow) are practically best friends and greet each other with a kiss on the mouth. To complete the whole fiesta Dusty’s wife’s ex-husband, also a dad, comes by to steal the show. A very funny, at times a bit confusing, modern family story with a top cast!
A must-see for everyone with a dark sense of humor
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Ask the average person what they think of Christmas movies and most people will say that Christmas movies are incredibly cheesy and predictable, but they’re still fun because they’re Christmas movies. Bad Santa 1 and 2, however, are definitely not your average Christmas movies. Bad Santa 2 features ever-depressed, alcoholic, sex-addicted criminal Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton). His happy ending following the ending of Bad Santa 1, didn’t work out after all. He’s battling the same problems, but this time in the Bad Santa Christmas spirit: he involuntarily reconciles with his mother (Kathy Bates). But Bad Santa wouldn’t be Bad Santa if everyone didn’t end up betraying everyone and staying out of jail turned out to be Willies happy ending. A must-see for everyone with a dark sense of humor!
Get Santa (2014)
Firstly, +5 points for Get Santa being a British Christmas movie. Love Actually has definitely proven that and English accent and British humor are excellent ingredients for a Christmas movie. Secondly, the story line itself is hilarious: Santa (Jim Broadbent) crashes his sleigh into Tom’s (Kit Connor) backyard while test-driving his new sleigh. His reindeer flee the scene and are running through the streets of London. Tom, a nine-year-old boy and his father (Rafe Spall) find Santa in the shed and Santa asks them to help him get back to Lapland. But then Santa gets arrested and they do not only need to get Santa back to Lapland, but out of jail first in order to save Christmas. A very funny, adorable and childproof movie.
Almost Christmas (2016)
Diversity has come to the land of Christmas movies! Almost Christmas is not the first holiday movie with a cast that is not primarily white, but it is one of the newer ones. Walter (Danny Glover) invites his entire family over to his house for Christmas to make up for the loss of his wife a year earlier. Having a very big family, he knows it will be a Christmas miracle if everyone gets along for the entire length of their stay, which is why he asks for a peaceful Christmas as his Christmas gift. But he also knows it will be fun! The movie features a lot of funny moments that Blackish and Last Christmas fans will appreciate, but also touches some heavier subjects like financial problems, drug addiction and the loss of loved ones. A fun, family-oriented movie that brings some diversity to the table!
Most of the modern-day Christmas movies selected for the article appear to be aimed at grown-ups, rather than being for the entire family to watch. You can almost call it a trend. Out of all the movies that we selected, Get Santa is the only movie that is fully family proof. That does mean good news for those who think Christmas movies are too kosher. Even though a lot of us will probably still go back to the classic Christmas movie choices this December. For those who don’t mind some dark and dirty jokes at times, modern Christmas movies can be a lot of fun!
Cover: Pixabay / Final editing: Leonie Ruizendaal