Funny Christmas Movies — 12 of Them, One For Each Day

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film,Top Ten Lists -- Date: 18 Dec 2011 Comments: 0

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I love White Christmas, I love It’s A Wonderful Life, I even like the corny original Miracle on 34th Street but what I really like, is a Christmas movie that gives me a good laugh. We were going to the 10 Funniest Christmas movies of all time but we decided to get all festive and drop 12 on you, you know like the days of… So here you go, just in time for the 12 days of Christmas. Well we’re actually getting pretty close so you’ll have to double up on your viewing somewhere in there.

12. The Santa Clause (1994)
Tim Allen “accidentally” kills Santa and for some reason there’s a clause that says if you kill him, you have to be him. Go figure. I’m not a huge fan of Allen but he nails the role in The Santa Clause. The two sequesl were the worst thing in the world but the first go around was pretty good.

11. Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
You’re really gonna call me out for putting a Hanukkah (or is it Chanukah) film on a Christmas list? Back off, it’s a religious holiday and it’s in winter, I’m including it on the list. Adam Sandler’s first attempt at animation had a lot of flaws but it was still full of enough humor and enough heart to land it on our list. The films full of college humor, like all Sandler films and it made me laugh ou loud. Bonus: “The Hanukkah Song”

10. Die Hard (1988)
Bruce Willis was just a cop stopping by his ex-wife’s work on Christmas Eve when all hell broke loose. Okay, it’s more of an action movie than comedy or Cristmas film but the film chalk full of Willis one liners.  You’ll find yourself laughing merrily throughout the whole movie. Yippee-ki-yay, Merry Christmas! Bonus: The RUN-DMC song Christmas In Hollis at the beginning of the film.

9. Bad Santa – 2003
So what if Billy Bob Thornton’s Santa is vulgar, promiscuous and dabbles in the occasional armed burglary, he’s pretty funny while doing it. In the film, basically Thorton teams up with his conman elf partner and rob the department stores that employ them each year on Christmas Eve. There is heart in this movie, but you’ll have to watch it see.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Could anyone have played the Grinch besides Jim Carrey? Even with all the latex, Carrey’s humor and facial expressions burst out in this film adaptation of the Dr Seuss poem. The film is cute, funny and touches the heart even though it’s three sizes too small.

7. Scrooged (1988)
Bille Murray in Scrooged is the second dark comedy on the funniest Christmas movie list and definitely deserves to be there. Murray plays a TV executive trying to mount a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Christmas Day. The Bastard. Just like the original, Murray visits a bunch of Christmas celebrations and says funny stuff along the way. I know it’s horribly lame and completely cheesy but I love the end of the film when Murray calls out the theater audience for not singing along.

6. Fred Claus (2007)
It’s one of Vince Vaughn lesser performances but at the same time he is always good. He even had moments greatness in that crappy movie with Jennifer Aniston. Vaughn plays Fred Claus, Santa’s bitter older brother who is forced to move home to the North Pole. He meets an Elf, they live in a small beds and there’s a lot of laughs. Oh yeah, Paul Giamatti plays a pretty damn good Santa too.

5. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
I love The Muppets! There’s always been a bit of confusion about who The Muppets was really for. The humor is smart and well written but they’re puppets who do crazy slapstick gags. So who should really be watching? Adults or children. Well, all of us should. Michael Caine as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is great while Kermit the Frog as the kindly Bob Cratchit was perfectly cast. The Rat narrator was great too. Really, it’s funny, go watch it.

4. Elf – (2003)
Will Ferrell is always hilarious and his portrayal of the innocent Buddy in Elf was no exception. After buddy learns he was adopted by Christmas elves he returns to the human world to find his father (James Caan). He also stumbles across the beautiful Zooey Deschanel who enjoys a superbly sung duet with Ferrell. A fun film, full of Christmas spirit.

3. Home Alone (1990)
We all fell in love with the young Macaulay Culkin and the film made him the biggest child star on Earth. It was of the last great films from teen angst mastermind John Hughes. The best part of the film was by far watching an 8-year-old throw a slapstick beatdown on the burglars played Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

2. A Christmas Story (1983)
The film shows us a nostalgic look at an American Christmas. It made us all want a Red Ryder Carbon Action 200 shot range model air rifle, taught us to go straight to the double dog dare and to not stick your tongue on the flagpole. A Christmas Story has definitely became a modern Christmas classis. I swear I wont shoot my eye out. Rather than renting this Christmas classic, I suggest waiting until December 24 at 8:00 pm eastern time for the yearly TBS 24 Hours of The Christmas Story marathon.

1. Christmas Vacation – (1989)
Chevy Chase was never better than his third outing as the patriarch Clark Griswald in Christmas Vacation. The ultimate family man attempts to plan the perfect Christmas, relatives and all. Chase loves his family, dreams of affairs with hot women and is as quick witted as ever, throwing down one-liners one after another. Bonus: Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie Johnson fills any comedic gaps Chase may have missed. I said may have.

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