Rachael suggested that we watch a different Christmas movie every night this week, so here’s what we watched:
I had never even heard of Will Ferrell when I first saw this movie a couple years ago (although of course I had heard of James Caan, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel). This is a pretty fun movie that had us all laughing quite a bit. One thing that I really like about this movie — and this is sad that this has to be a remarkable thing — is that it’s a modern, live-action movie with nothing that would be the least bit inappropriate for kids.
Oh — and don’t miss this cameo of Peter Billingsley, “Ralphie” from A Christmas Story!
Elf the Movie: Buddy Discovers He’s Human
I’ve never seen the Home Alone sequels (and don’t really want to), but the original has been a movie we’ve enjoyed for years. Benjamin, who’s nine years old, laughed his head off. Yes, it’s silly if you think about it too much, but it’s a perfect blend of funny and sweet.
Home Alone — Pizza Delivery
It’s a Wonderful Life
Would you believe I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life until this week? So, if nothing else, it was fun to finally see what the big deal was about.
This wasn’t a big hit for the family overall. Rob wasn’t feeling good and didn’t watch it all, Benjamin and Rachael drifted off to do other things after about 10 or 15 minutes (although Rachael came back and watched about the last 30 minutes of the movie). Rebecca, the only kid who watched the whole thing, didn’t seem to like it that much. “This doesn’t even seem like a Christmas movie,” she complained, about halfway through.
Did I like it? I did, but I think I’ll enjoy it more the next time I see it.
It’s a Wonderful Life — Lasso the Moon
Miracle on 34th Street
This is another movie I never saw until just a few years ago, and it’s becoming one of my favorites. It’s more kid-friendly than It’s a Wonderful Life, and I just like the story and the performances in general. We considered watching the 1994 John Hughes updated version this year, but I’m really glad that we just watched the original, especially after watching this video comparing the two. (Skip to 7:22 if you want to see commentary specifically on the remake.)
Miracle on 34th Street — Original vs. Remake
A Christmas Story
The final movie we had scheduled for the week was Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, but unfortunately, People Who Were Not Me decided that they didn’t want to watch it because we had already seen it so many times.
I don’t feel like there’s anything I can say about A Christmas Story that hasn’t been said already, but here’s a video with some cool facts about it: