Open Thread: What Are Your Favourite Vacation Films?


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Blissful brief workweek (to most of our readers, a minimum of)! We thought we’d begin off Thanksgiving week with a chat about some films you’re, properly, grateful for. Let’s discuss vacation films — and be happy to transcend winter celebrations into any vacation themes!

On the lookout for non-holiday films to observe throughout your day off this week, perhaps even throughout Thanksgiving household get-togethers (to keep away from political speak, maybe?)? We’ve mentioned workplace films (together with 9 to five and Working Lady), underrated films, and style films up to now…

Once I consider my vacation faves, what instantly pops into my head is Love Really, which by some means got here out 20 YEARS AGO. I’ve misplaced rely of what number of occasions I’ve seen that factor. (For some time, my husband and I watched it yearly at Christmastime, however we fell out of the behavior a number of years in the past.) Sure, quite a lot of the film is unquestionably, er, problematic (even “for that point”), as Lindy West defined in 2013 when she ripped it to shreds in Jezebel.

My emotions about Love Really are completely represented by one in every of my favourite Onion articles, “Girl Takes Quick Half-Hour Break From Being Feminist To Get pleasure from TV Present.” As a result of it has Emma Thompson! Alan Rickman! Colin Firth! Laura Linney! Invoice Nighy! THAT Mariah Carey Christmas tune, which I unabashedly love! (Movie trivia: Olivia Rose Olson, the younger actress who sung it within the film, carried out so properly that Richard Curtis informed her to tone it down in order that she’d sound extra plausible as a 10-year-old.) Love Really will most likely at all times be one in every of my consolation films.

As for Kat’s picks, her votes for vacation household films are Elf and Residence Alone, and although she says she sometimes can’t stand Hallmark films, she provides Vanessa Hudgens’ Netflix vacation films a ranking of “OK” — Films to Wrap Presents To, because it had been. (I’ve watched a few the Princess Change films myself once I needed some mind sweet, and I’d say they’re holiday-serviceable.) As The Reduce declared a few years in the past, “Nothing Says Blissful Holidays Like One other Vanessa Hudgens Film on Netflix.”

So, do inform, readers: What are your favourite vacation films? Does your loved ones at all times watch It’s a Fantastic Life (talking of The Onion, right here’s their NSFW “evaluation”), Miracle on thirty fourth Road, or one other traditional? Would you die on the hill that Die Laborious is a Christmas film? Are Hallmark Christmas films your responsible pleasure? For those who don’t have a good time Christmas, or Christmas films simply aren’t your factor, what are your favourite films about different holidays?

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