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Movie Night: Holiday-ish Films

So many movies, so little time. Thankfully, BuzzSugar is here to help you sort through them all! Each week, we'll choose a theme for a Movie Night and feature three must-see movies in keeping with that theme. This week's theme: holiday-ish films.

There are two types of holiday films. The ones, like Deck the Halls, that are entirely driven by holiday-based plots, and movies like The Holiday, where the action just happens to unfold over a holiday backdrop. Here are three of my favorite holiday-ish films that are fun to watch this time of year.

Love Actually

Nothing puts the warmth and cheer of the season into your heart quite like a film all about love in its various forms. Love Actually brings us many love-centric storylines at once: There are the coworkers awkwardly courting, the little boy whose world revolves around his beautiful classmate, the new marriage threatening to become a love triangle, and the old marriage starting to show cracks in its foundation. The wonderful cast (Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightly, and Laura Linney, to name just a few) is stellar enough to make the movie truly enjoyable, and it's even more fun to see how the stories intersect. And if you're anything like me, the real footage of people greeting loved ones at the airport in itself will be enough to get you all misty-eyed.

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Beautiful Girls

In Beautiful Girls, the holidays are the perfect time for Willie Conway (Timothy Hutton) to go back to his hometown, introduce his soon-to-be-fiancee, Tracy (Annabeth Gish), to his father and brother, reconnect with old buddies, and reevaluate his life. The movie explores the idea of growing up, making sacrifices to live the life you want to live, and learning to be content with what you have. Willie's in a very mature relationship with a nice woman and lives in New York City, while his old buddies stuck around their old hometown. He befriends precocious 13-year-old Marty (Natalie Portman) next door, a fast-talking, dry-witted mini-adult who develops a crush on Willie. It's a highly realistic and funny film about the old problem of wanting what we can't have, and coming to terms with adulthood. Added bonus: Rosie O'Donnell goes on an absolutely classic tirade about women's magazines, men and relationships. Priceless.

While You Were Sleeping

Yes, the idea of someone fooling an entire family into thinking that she is their comatose son's fiancee is far-fetched. Yes, it requires some serious suspension of disbelief, and yes, the characters in said family are caricatures. Still, it's all worth it for this sweet, familiar comedy of mistaken identity. Basically, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) saves the life of a man named Peter (played by Peter Gallagher), though he is knocked into a coma in the process. When she goes to see him in the hospital, his family assumes she is his fiancee and she chooses not to correct them. She ends up spending holiday time with the quirky clan, quickly falling under their warm, charming spell. Before long, she realizes she is in love with her "fiance's" cute brother, Jack (Bill Pullman), which of course sets up an awkward situation, especially when Peter wakes up.

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Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I like all the Holiday movies.
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
I absolutely adore Love Actually. You are able to empathize with the characters without feeling sorry for them, which I think is really hard to achieve. ______________________________________________ I must say, adolescence is one hell of a ride!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
OK I really need to see Love Acutally now!
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 10 years
I actually love Love Actually. It is so sweet and the scenes at the airport are amazingly touching. One thing I like about it is that there are a lot of loose ends making it more like real life. We will overlook the fact that Hugh, fab as he is, does not make a very convincing Prime Minister.
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
I just bought Love Actually. It really is a great Christmas movie. KWM, I bought the Family Stone because I thought it was going to be awesome (with a cast like that it should have been!) but I was very disappointed!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
My boyfriend just ordered a bunch of our faves from Amazon yesterday - "A Christmas Story," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Scrooged," and "Gremlins."
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Elf is freaking hilarious!
Joyful1 Joyful1 10 years
I love all the holiday movies mentioned, espcially The Christmas Story!! Another holiday "themed" movie that is good to watch (quite a chick move tho. lol) is Bed of Roses. I love that movie. Can't beat Elf, I just watched it last weekend as I was decorating my tree!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
OK, so, Love Actually is an AWESOME movie, and I love it. Here are my top Christmas movie pics for the season: 1)National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2)It's a Wonderful Life 3)The Christmas Story (you'll shoot your eye out) 4)ELF (this one has grown on me but I love it!) I'm all in.
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
LOL! I just got The Family Stone in the mail from Netflix today! National Lampoons is a great one!
KWM KWM 10 years
My favorite holiday movie ever is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Classic. I also like Serendipity and the original Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon. Hated The Family Stone.
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
I love "While You Were Sleeping". Speaking of holiday movies, the very small movie theater in the city where I live is showing "The Christmas Story" this Saturday. I'm going to get to meet the actors who played Randy Parker and Flick in my favorite Chritmas movie! I better be careful though, I don't want to shoot my eye out before I get there! :D
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