It’s the holiday movie season! Grab your man, a cozy blanket, some popcorn, a hot drink or a nightcap, and turn on something festive. You’ll probably suggest a romantic, classic or a heartwarming film like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Holiday” or “Love Actually.” He’ll most likely give you an unenthused look and ask what other suggestions you have.
Don’t know where to start? Look no further. This quick list of films will put your favorite guy in the holiday spirit, inspire laughs, and maybe even increase his adrenaline.
‘Tis the season for giving, so why not surprise your man with a film he actually wants to see? (For what it’s worth, my husband read and approved of these choices — I think I officially made his nice list.)
5. “Home Alone”
Source: 20th Century Fox
Bring out his boyish spirit with this nostalgic classic, now in its 25th year. The comedy tells the story of 8-year-old Kevin McAllister who has to defend his house from robbers with bravery, resourcefulness, toys and physical comedy. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!
4. “Christmas Vacation”
Source: Warner Bros.
Follow the mishaps of family man Clark Griswald as he strives to give his family a special Christmas. Hilarity and quotable lines ensue as Clark experiences one blunder after the next. Husbands and fathers will relate to this 1989 classic, while laughing about in-laws, neighbors, pop-in guests, bad bosses and more. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Source: Paramount Pictures
This 1988 spin on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” stars the incredible and subtly comedic Bill Murray. His character, a selfish and cynical TV executive with a dry sense of humor, is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve, who hope to give him a new lease on life. I never liked a girl well enough to give her twelve sharp knives.
2. “Bad Santa”
Source: Dimension Films
There is something oddly appealing about this dark comedy, featuring a drunken conman (played by Billy Bob Thornton), who dresses up as a mall Santa each Christmas. He’s usually naughty, not nice, yet his story intertwines with some likeable characters (and some not). What’s in it for you? “Gilmore Girls” Lauren Graham plays the love interest. I’ve always had a thing for Santa Claus. In case you didn’t notice.
1. “Die Hard”
Source: 20th Century Fox
You’d be hard pressed to find a man who doesn’t appreciate this film. I never even considered this a holiday film, until my husband suggested it one Christmas Eve. I then came to learn that ALL of my male friends considered this the best Christmas movie ever made. In this action-packed film, Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a New York cop who has to save his wife and several others during a work Christmas party in Los Angeles. Yipee ki yay!
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A self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” Army wife Jackie Toops is a mother of two and enjoys writing, travel, art, languages, slow cooking and peaceful parenting. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. She is a contributing author for Wall Street International Magazine and has discussed her articles on-air with AFN Wiesbaden. She’s usually seen adventuring with her Canon, a coffee and two small children. Follow her on Twitter.
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