Christmas Movies

I am not particularly fond of most Christmas movies. I have long enjoyed How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version), but my hands-down favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, much to Janie’s chagrin. I watch it every year, mostly to punish her for that time her family made me watch Jesus Christ Superstar and I didn’t know them well enough to be comfortable leaving in the middle of What’s The Buzz to go sit in the car, puffing on some smokes while listening to Marilyn Manson until it was over. There is a tie for my least favorite Christmas movie between It’s A Wonderful Life, which should be retitled as It’s a Tragic Waste of Two Hours of Your Life, and A Christmas Story, which should be retitled I’d Rather Shoot My Eye Out Than Watch This Movie One More Time.

Janie’s family loves the movies I hate and hates the movies I love. This is the fundamental flaw in our relationship. Couple this with my distaste for all things Jimmy Stewart and you’ll probably understand why they only want to see us twice a year. The pain is just too much – to sit across the table from their daughter and her partner who has bad taste in movies. You see, Janie’s dad is a movie critic, and he spends his days watching film after film, pining for the days when poop humor was nearly illegal.

Last night Janie and I watched Knocked Up because we’d heard from nearly everyone we knew that it was hilarious. We sat in complete silence for the first 30 minutes and finally decided to turn it off because, oh my good lord, that was a bad movie. And maybe, suddenly, for the very first time, I understood what Janie’s parents will go through when they come over this afternoon and I make them watch The Oh in Ohio.


  1. LizzieLou
    December 31, 2007

    So how did they like the ‘Oh in Ohio’ movie? I thought it was very funny and unconventional. I had no expectations going in, cringed at first, but then liked it.

    Thank you for saving me the time of looking at ‘Knocked Up.’

  2. heathen
    December 31, 2007

    her parents HATED it. Her dad gave it an “F.” Janie and I both really liked it.

  3. Robin O
    January 2, 2008

    Oh goody, something else we have in common. I too have no special affection for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I’ve largely stopped mentioning this to folks, however. When someone tells me how much they love this film and/or shares how they had a special experience watching it, I just paste a sympathetic look on my face and nod slightly. It’s not entirely dissimilar from the way I’d probably behave if someone told me they had a bad ear infection.

    It’s not so much they they happen to like the film and I happen to not so much. No. It’s how it’s practically a religious experience for them. (Maybe they need something to replace another religion they largely left behind, I dunno.) Which is fine, if that’s what they like, but if they’re going to start a cult around a film, I just wish it was a better one.

    It’s also how if I say, “Eh, that movie, not so much,” they look at me with such HORROR! It’s as if I just announced I’d recently gnawed off a newborn baby’s arm then BBQ’d it. There’s also that.

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