Monday, December 9, 2013

25 Best Movies of the Holidays - 17-20 Of 25

In this weeks installment of the 25 Best Movies of the Holidays I bring you "Christmas Comedies" - All the funny movies of the holidays that have a touching backstory but all are very comical throughout.

Trading Places

Length: 116 mins.     Year: 1983

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Movie Description

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him.


Christmas Vacation

Length: 97 mins.               Year: 1989
Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki 

Movie Description
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.



Length: 97 mins.               Year: 2003

Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Movie Description

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.


Fred Claus

Length: 116 mins.               Year: 2007

Cast: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell 

Movie Description

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired?


- The Crafty Witch


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