Today, we have a real treat. Emma from Cineworld has guest-written an article for TDYLF about family Christmas comedies. The holidays may be over, but holiday cheer and humor can be enjoyed year-round. Enjoy!
There are endless family Christmas films, and quite a few comedies but, let’s be candid, most of them aren’t all that good. But there are a few that are and here are our top three in reverse order.
At number three we have Jingle All The Way, the 1996 movie comedy film directed by Brian Levant and which is surely starring Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finest moment. The story is one of two fathers who’ve left their present buying for Christmas a little late. There’s the stressed out workaholic trying to make time for his son, Howard Langston (played by Schwarzenegger) and postman Myron Larabee (played by Sinbad). Both fathers go after one of the last Turbo-Man action figures for their sons on Christmas Eve – with hilarious consequences; a great family Christmas comedy.
At number two we have Home Alone. The first of the Home Alone trilogy sees young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) left out of the family’s Christmas trip to Paris. The eight-year-old is left behind by accident in the large family home – a house which is then targeted buy two villainous burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. But Kevin’s a clever kid and knows his techie cutting edge gizmos from 1990 anyway – and buses them to hilarious effect to foil the baddies. Kids love it – and parents do too.
Home Alone is one of those rare cases where the sequel is better than the original – so the top spot for the best family Christmas comedy of all time goes to Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York made two years after the first one.
This time, the family is taking a Christmas trip to Florida, but Kevin manages to get on the plane to New York – with even funnier consequences than the first version.
These three films will certainly give the whole family a laugh during the Christmas season. But if you’ve just seen them too many times, then check out the cinema listings London and tell us about any Christmas comedy gold you manage to strike.