Thursday, December 17, 2009

how kevin widened the gap

Green Girl adores Christmas movies. She tears up mightily when the little deaf girl sits on Santa's lap in Miracle on 34th Street and the girls mother says, "She's deaf--she doesn't expect you to talk to her, she just wanted to see you." And then? (Excuse Green Girl while she grabs a tissue.) Santa starts talking to the girl in American Sign Language.

She adores every second of Love Actually (except the part where the slutty secretary makes a play for her beloved Alan Rickman). She sings along heartily with White Christmas (shout out to Cha Cha who gets the sheer awesomeness of this movie. Yo! Sisters!). A Christmas Story makes her quote long sections of dialogue all year long ("Fragile. Must be Italian.") Polar Express and Elf are new favorite classics and she giggles herself senseless watching National Lampooon's Christmas Vacation. Green Girl's heart expands with goodwill towards all men--except for Mr. Potter--at the end of It's a Wonderful Life. She couldn't wait to share all of these holiday classics with her sons (except Love Actually because it's not kiddie fare).

But her sons have discovered another favorite. These films have them rolling on the floor laughing fit to bust their guts. They can't get enough of these two movies and Green Girl can only sigh and shake her head because she thought Kevin and the gang would be a sad blip, not even registering on the Great Christmas Movie Traditions radar. She underestimated the power of prat falls and gags and a little boy outsmarting grown ups with gadgets. Now her sons quote things like "AAAAARRRGGGGHHHH!" and "You guys have enough yet? Or are you thirsty for more?" and "Keep the change you filthy animal." and from the sequel, "Merry Christmas you filthy animal (machine gun fire) And a Happy New Year."

Spill it, reader. What's your favorite holiday movie? What one makes you cringe and switch channels?


  1. I love Elf- That makes me laugh. In fact, I had to buy a new copy of the movie this year because they old one had a skip.
    I am showing my seniors the movie "It's a Wonderful Life' I am amazed each year the # of students who have never seen the movie. And then even more amazed when the students realize the sheer amount of cliches and phrases that have some out of that movie.
    "Christmas Story" is another good one. I have always wanted to buy my husband a leg lamp and I can never watch the scene with the warm wet tongue on the cold pole. OUCH-

  2. I love love LOVE White Christmas. It's my favorite, and I am looking forward to watching it again this weekend. I"m constantly looking for the soundtrack so I can listen all year long.

    THe one I can't ever get through? It's a wonderful life. I know it's good, I know it's the uber-classic, but I always fall asleep. I'll keep trying though.

  3. We are definitely A Christmas Story family--"you'll put your eye out!"

  4. I'm just confess -- and this does make me cringe a bit -- that for years, Pete and I watched "Die Hard" every single Christmas Eve.

    Now, we all LOVE "A Christmas Story."

    I don't really like the Charlie Brown Christmas special and "The Polar Express" creeped my kids out.

  5. Actually, every single one of your favorites is also a favorite of mine. LOVE them. :)
    Also, I really like The Family Stone, though I'm not sure why. Hmm.

  6. It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite all-time movie. I caught just the last 20 minutes of it on tv last weekend and was weeping within 30 seconds. It reminds me that I AM important...even when I sure don't feel it.

    I also love Scrooged, which isn't broadcast nearly enough! Bill Murray is typically awesome and Carol Kane is FABulous as the gleefully violent Ghost of Christmas Present.

  7. I don't watch a lot of tv, but I will watch It's a Wonderful Life any time it's on. :)

  8. This is such a great post! I live for that scene too-and tear up. But I tear up at ads. I've been catching up on my holiday movies-The Family Man, (some kiddie ones), last night was sleepless is Seattle,tonight I'm torn with While you were sleeping or Love Actually. Thankfully Comcast has a whole section for these movies. Oh and my fav-It's a wonderful life. xoxo


  9. My kids still don't like to sit through a whole movie so we're more into the specials like Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman.

  10. My kids still don't like to sit through a whole movie so we're more into the specials like Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman.

  11. My kids still don't like to sit through a whole movie so we're more into the specials like Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman.

  12. Love them ALL and have watched them all at least once every year.

    So far I've already watched Love Actually (a new holiday CLASSIC and not just b/c Hugh does a little dance), Miracle on 34th Street (If the US Postal Service believes he's the real Santa...), White Christmas (Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.), It's a Wonderful Life (ALWAYS makes my hubby cry), The Christmas Story, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the illustrated version), Charlie Brown's Christmas (hello, Linus), Mickey's Christmas Carol (a very true to the story version), Pluto's Christmas Tree (too cute for words), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Elf.

    Still need to watch others and now I'm itching for another viewing of some of the above.

    I LOVE Christmas!

    I love that your boys are digging Home Alone. It's such a fun movie.


  13. I totally love Elf, "I like to smile, smiling's my favorite"..."I'm singing...I'm in a store, and I'm siiiingggiiiing!".

    And oh my goodness, until Violet mentioned 'Scrooged' I had totally forgotten about that movie! I love the part when Carol Kane whacks Bill Murray in the face with a toaster.

    I have to be honest...I haven't watched Christmas movies in FOR.EV.ER. I think it's because for the last several years I've had very young children with short attention spans, so we never make it through a whole movie anyway.

    I've seen the classics maybe once or twice, and it was when I was really young. I'll need to revisit them.

  14. My husband's fav is "Die Hard". Seriously. To him, that's Christmas tradition.

    I've never seen Miracle on 34th street, but wow, now that you talked about that scene, I totally want to see it!

  15. My sons just discovered the Home Alone movies too--they LOVE them. I'm hoping to watch A Christmas Story with them this year. Personally, I love Susan Slept Here, Serendipity, and The Holiday.

  16. My favorite Christmas movie is "While You Were Sleeping"...and it actually came out in May. I also love "The Bishop's Wife" because who doesn't need a little Cary Grant and David Niven with their eggnog?

    "Love Actually" is definitely in my top 5, DOTR loves "White Christmas", "Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life". The kids still love "Home Alone".

    I think there may be a film version, but I love, love, love "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". We had the audio version on cassette tape when the kids were little and loved to listen to it in the car. Over and over and never stopped laughing.

    Merry Christmas. Finally got my tree done today....whew.

  17. They're all classics, even Home Alone! =)

    Chevy Chase makes a great Christmas movie, doesn't he?!

    I even like Bed of Roses for a christmas movie. That one's weird, actually, but there's something heartwarming about it.


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