Christmas is one of my favourite times of year: the food, the events, the often cheery mood. This time of year is perfect for indulging in our childish, nostalgic side. So around the holidays I always turn to films that have heart and silliness. For that reason, Christmas films which have a comedic plot or sub-plot are my favourite to watch. The cheesy, the silly, the witty: I enjoy them all. Here are some of my favourite Christmas comedy movies.
5. “Four Christmases” (Seth Gordon, 2008)
This film is a great example of a family-centered Christmas comedy. This young couple ends up having to attempt to visit each of their divorced parents. Of course, chaos ensues at each family visit. Do I need to say any more? Everyone knows that multiple family dinners around the holidays have the potential for drama, disaster, and embarrassment. “Four Christmases” easily encompasses all of these possibilities in a ridiculous, humorous way.
4. “Love Actually” (Richard Curtis, 2003)
Who doesn’t love an equally moving and funny movie? Here, I’ll emphasize the comedy. First of all, there’s the assistant who literally cannot help but blurt out what she’s thinking, no matter how inappropriate. As you can imagine, this makes for awkward situations. Then there’s the musician who is just so ridiculous because he hates Christmas yet is releasing a holiday song. Ba-humbug.There are so many funny aspects within the sub-plots that I spend much of the time laughing while I’m watching this movie.
3. “Gremlins” (Joe Dante, 1984)
“Gremlins” is first and foremost a comedy film. It’s quite silly, but I really like it. It’s one of those ’80s films which I think are often underrated. Gizmo is given to Billy Peltzer (played by Zach Galligan) as an early Christmas present. I mean, look at Gizmo! He’s an adorable little creature. Also, he’s no pushover when the town and Billy are in trouble. The antics of the bad gremlins are often hilarious, even though they are mean creatures. The fact that this film is considered to be a horror film too makes its status as a Christmas comedy that much more funny.
It’s become a tradition for me to watch this Christmas comedy around the holiday. It was on TV one year, and I’ve loved it ever since. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law are all phenomenal in this film. Their acting is great and the script is too. The two female main characters are struggling with putting themselves first and, therefore, learning to love themselves. This makes for funny scenes in which Iris (Winslet) goes on a crying spree then tells off her ex and has a celebratory dance after she kicks him out. Amanda (Diaz) is so much of a workaholic that she hears movie trailers about her own life in her head. Also, I can sympathize with Iris and Amanda wanting to get away for awhile because of their stressful lives. What student can’t empathize with that?
1. “Elf” (Jon Favreau, 2003)
I found “Elf” completely by accident one year – I am so glad that I did. Buddy (Will Ferrell) is endlessly and unflinchingly honest, loving, loyal, and happy. He takes things literally which results in hilarious scenes. He’s also so genuinely giddy about Christmas that just watching this movie makes me holiday cheerful. His talent lies in DIY Christmas crafts and spreading joy to those he meets. Buddy is also the typical characterization of the outsider who goes to seek the truth about himself. In this instance, however, his journey is full of mistakes, laughs, and fun. This film is the perfect Christmas comedy.