So many movies, so little time. Thankfully, BuzzSugar is here to help you sort through them all! Every Thursday, we'll choose a theme for a weekend Movie Night and feature three must-see movies in keeping with the topic.
This week's Movie Night: family holiday films that won't drive you nuts. If you often find yourself watching holiday movies with the youngsters in your family, it kind of kills the mood when you audibly groan and yawn. Here are three movies that will entertain the tots and keep you from nodding off in the corner like a granny.
Elf tells the story of Buddy (Will Ferrell), who was swept away to the North Pole as a boy and raised by elves. Despite the obvious physical differences between he and his elfin peers, Buddy considers himself one of them, until his foster dad (Bob Newhart) reveals the truth. Then it's off to Manhattan, where Buddy hopes to reconnect with his real father (James Caan). Dry-witted Zooey Deschanel stars as Buddy's love interest, who works as an elf at a department store. There is plenty of visual comedy that will appeal to the little ones, as well grown-up jokes to keep everyone in the room chuckling.
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
This tried-and-true classic tells the tale of Charlie Brown struggling to find the true meaning of Christmas in an increasingly materialistic society. Although originally released in 1965, the theme of this movie is even more relevant today. The basic animation proves that, while Pixar is impressive, the cartoons of the '60s are just as enjoyable, and sweet in their simplicity. Plus, it's always comforting to hear that familiar tune by Vince Guaraldi, "Christmas Time Is Here," which made it onto my Christmas playlist.
Olive, The Other Reindeer
"The Simpsons" animator Matt Groening helped adapt this popular children's book into a funny and unique television special. Olive is a dog who mishears the lyric "All of the other reindeer..." and assumes that she, Olive, is a reindeer. When she learns that Blitzen has broken his leg, she sets off for the North Pole. Along the way she finds a sidekick in Martini the penguin, who sells stolen goods. Adults will appreciate the punny humor (the bartender's name is Round John Virgin) as well as the all-star voices, including Drew Barrymore as Olive and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. Meanwhile, children will enjoy the colorful animation and the heroic efforts of scrappy little Olive.