Why are there so many sad Christmas songs, anyway?
Just because you’re no longer a child, doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and get all gooey over your favorite Christmas movie! Here are our favorite films to be enjoyed by adults.
10. Family Stone
Sarah Jessica Parker goes home to meet her boyfriend’s family on Christmas – and it is awkward. Diane Keaton is the characteristically awesome mom, Rachel McAdams is the dark and dry-humored sister, and Dermot Mulroney is the eye candy.
9. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Perhaps you had forgotten this film takes place between two Christmases: the one where Renee Zellweger is insulted by Colin Firth and his reindeer sweater, and the one where Renee Zellweger runs through the streets of London in her underwear to kiss Colin Firth.
8. Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton plays a sad, alcoholic con man who dresses as Santa once a year to rip off department stores – because, of course. Laughs ensue when he meets an adoring kid who thinks he’s the real Mr Claus.
7. Joyeux Noel
For a change of pace, try a french-language dramatization of the Christmas eve truce that happened along the Western Front during WW1.
Another comedy for the adults! This one follows Will Ferrell – a man adopted by Santa and raised as an elf returns to New York City as an adult to find his birth father. This happens, right?
4. The Holiday
Cameron Diaz – an uptight film trailer editor (what?) – and Kate Winslet – victim of unrequited love – swap houses for the holidays. The houses they swap are a Beverly Hills mansion and a fairytale stone cottage in the English countryside, so you can imagine things work out rather nicely.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Poor Clark Griswold – an all American dad just trying to provide for his family and ogle Christie Brinkley on trips to Wally World. This time, he’s just doing what we’ve all been doing for years – trying to get through the family Christmas.
2. Home Alone 1 and 2
Perhaps this is technically a kid’s movie. But I do think the fact that two bandits are trying to kill an abandoned child calls for some adult supervision… and let’s be honest, you’re still jealous of Macaulay Culkin’s booby trapping genius.
1. Love Actually
What did we all watch prior to the release of the greatest
Christmas movie of all time?! Talk about a feel-good flick. You won’t be able to control your tear ducts for all the joy (and a few not-so joyous moments). You will fall in love with Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and that guy who is now in the Walking Dead… But definitely not with Alan Rickman. You know why.
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Must see chick flicks
Sweet as pieSweet Home Alabama
This romantic comedy is a fun movie to watch with your girlfriends, as we can all look back on our past loves and laugh, cringe and even cry. Reece Witherspoon plays Melanie Carmichael, a successful New York fashion designer, who has just become engaged to the most eligble man in town Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey). That?s not all, Henning?s mum is also the Mayor of New York (Candice Bergen)! Melanie has to sneak back to her home town in Alabama to tie up a few loose ends before she marries into New York high society. Only on her trip down south, she she finds old flame Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) and realises she hasn?t quite gotten him out of her system! As the song says ? Sometimes what you?re looking for is right where you left it! Great fun and even if the story bores you with its old fashioned saccharine sweetness, both main men are veeery easy on the eye!
Ashley JuddDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Do you have a love/hate relationship with your mother? Does she know you so well that sometimes she knows you better than yourself? Do you drive each other to distraction with your unique ways that neither of you admit you have? If you love your mum as only mothers and daughters can then this is the best flick you will ever see with her! Sandra Bullock plays a successful playwright living in New York, Siddalee Walker, while her dramatic yet eccentric mother Vivi Walker, (Ellen Burstyn) is home in Louisiana. The pair fall out when a Time Magazine piece on Siddalee implies that Vivi was not a good mother and all hell breaks loose between the fiery mother and daughter. Vivi?s long suffering pals formed a gang when they were teenagers called the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and pledged to stay friends forever. Now it is time for the Ya-Ya Sisters to show Siddalee what kind of woman her mother really is and help restore peace between the two feuding women. You will laugh and you will cry but you will also want to ring your mum and tell her that you love her! Better still watch it with her!
Awww romance…Love Actually
From the makers of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones Diary and Notting Hill comes the best feel good movie of the year. The music, the acting, the script, everything makes you enjoy this film so much that you will be begging for more when the credits roll up at the end. Set at Christmas time in London the movie follows the love lives of eight main characters in the days leading up to Christmas. The story is cleverly written with the characters lives carefully interwoven into each others lives without appearing to be obvious or cheesy to link up the movie. This movie makes you want to believe in love and allows you observe these wonderful characters up close and in several cases at their most vulnerable. Great flick with your favourite chicks on a rainy nite or even with your boy, your doona and some popcorn on a Sunday arvo!
Jess and her coach!Bend It Like Beckham
Like most everyone else in England, Jess Bahmra (Parminder Nagra) idolizes professional British football player David Beckham. Not for the reasons he has been in the press for lately! But Jess is different from most fans; she’s a talented player in her own right. Unfortunately, her traditional Indian parents have other plans for their youngest daughter. They expect Jess to follow in the footsteps of her sister, Pinky (Archie Panjabi), who is preparing to marry in a traditional Indian wedding. When Jess meets Jules (Keira Knightley), who plays for a local female football team, she pursues her own dream and begins to play, keeping her participation a secret from her parents, which often leads to disastrous results. To complicate matters even more, both Jess and Jules are enamoured of their coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Ultimately, Jess has to decide whether to live life on her terms or act in accordance with her parents’ wishes. This charming coming-of-age tale is also an intriguing look at Indian culture in England. This movie is heart-warming, funny, colourful and enduring feel good flick.
Other SheSaid favourite chick flicks:
When Harry Met Sally
Thelma and Louise
Sleepless in Seattle
Boys on the Side
My Best Friends Wedding
Message in a Bottle
Bridget Jones? Diary
While you were Sleeping
Four Weddings and a Funeral