9 Favorite Christmas Movies for Grown-Ups
There are seemingly thirty thousand Christmas movies out there for kids and family viewing but what if you want a little festive fun after the kiddos get to bed? Sometimes ya just need a little break from the typical feel-good, sugar coated Christmas story.
These movies are not for kids! There’s some cussing, shooting and/or adult situations depending on the title but sometimes you just need a reminder that you are, in fact, a grown-up, and that’s ok.
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So, click each title to be taken to the Amazon page where you can read more about each movie and don’t forget to leave your favorite Christmas movies for grown-ups in the comments!
Christmas Vacation – This one is kind of obvious but I couldn’t stand to leave it off the list. While the uncensored version it’s ok for older kids maybe, it really takes an adult to appreciate the comedy genius of Chevy Chase in this one.
Bad Santa – Rude, crude and dirty-old-man Billy Bob Thornton stars in this one that is definitely not a movie for anyone even slightly uptight.
Die Hard – If you don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, I’m not sure we can be friends.
Love Actually – Close to, but not quite, a chick flick. Love Actually is perfect for a night that you don’t want to think too much. It’s a little sweet, a little sad and more than a little funny.
The Best Man Holiday – This movie is really thoughtful and deep at times, while still having funny and light moments. The acting is outstanding and even if it wasn’t: Taye Diggs. You’re welcome.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas – Although it starts out as a typical story of how two once tight friends have grown apart, this movie soon devolves into ridiculous in the best of ways. One Amazon reviewer says it’s “dirty, raunchy, hilarious and will put you right in the Christmas mood.” and I couldn’t have said it better. Probably not one to watch with the in-laws!
The Ref – One of the best dark-comedies of the mid 90s, The Ref features a totally dysfunctional family taken hostage during the holidays by the hilarious Denis Leary. Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey are fantastic in this movie which is wholly underappreciated.
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas – I really like this movie, although reviews are mixed. It’s not tears-of-laughter hysterical but has some funny moments. It’s also one of Robin Williams’ last roles.
Trading Places – Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis & Dan Aykroyd in their prime! If you haven’t seen this one, you’ve been seriously missing out.
What did I miss? What’s your favorite grown-up holiday movie?