It’s that time of year again: eating chocolate for breakfast is oddly acceptable, snow ominously threatens to cripple the country like some never-before-seen alien phenomenon, and being anywhere but the sofa – basking in the glow of the tree – seems like the Worst Idea Ever.
Yep, it’s Christmas! (Or “Chriiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaas”, if you’re Noddy Holder). Here I’m encouraging couch-based laziness with six surprisingly-not-rubbish Netflix Christmas movies.
Before we begin, we’re assuming you have access to US Netflix here (or that you’re based in the US), since the UK branch currently plays host to a grand total of ONE of these six Netflix Christmas movies.
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All set now? Ok, let’s get stuck in. As per Mobot tradition, this countdown appears in no particular order. Let’s rock!
Rating: PG-13 (US)/PG (UK)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen
Synopsis: Is this the Best Christmas Movie Ever? Quite possibly - though that’s entirely subjective, obviously. If you want to scrap about it, meet me in the Comments section below.
Scrooged is essentially a modernisation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and stars Bill Murray as a cynical TV executive haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. If you don’t shed a wee tear at the end, you’re a frickin’ robot.
Note: Scrooged is available on UK Netflix.
"I'm alive! Yes! I'm *alive*!"
Bad Santa (2003)
Rating: R (US)/15 (UK)
Running Time: 91 minutes
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox
Synopsis: Booze? Sex? Fraud? Theft? Shootouts? An abundance of profanity? Perhaps not things we’d typically associate with the Holiday Season. Or heck, maybe that’s exactly what you expect from Christmas, in which case: good luck to you.
Bad Santa is a black comedy telling the tale of Billy Bob Thornton’s sex-addicted alcoholic Santa, and while the movie is full of bad stuff, it’s ultimately good at heart - and kinda sorta has a nice ending.
"Should I fix you some sandwiches?"
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Rating: PG (US)/PG (UK)
Running Time: 76 minutes
Starring: Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara
Synopsis: Danny Elfman is perhaps best known as the composer of the theme for animated classic The Simpsons, and he generally does the music for Tim Burton’s movies.
In Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elfman provides the singing voice for Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, who inadvertently discovers Christmas Town but doesn’t quite get the concept.
# What's this? What's this? #
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Rating: G (US)/U (UK)
Running Time: 85 minutes
Starring: Michael Caine, Kermit the Frog
Synopsis: Another take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol here, this time with the Muppets, Michael Caine, and songs galore.
The Disney outing sees Kermit the Frog trying to get Christmas Day off from his boss, Ebenezer Scrooge. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come might just be able to help…
"There's more gravy than of grave about you."
Love Actually (2003)
Rating: R (US)/15 (UK)
Running Time: 135 minutes
Starring: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson
Synopsis: Ohhhhh dear. The box for the Love Actually DVD unashamedly declares this “The Ultimate Romantic Comedy”, while some – conversely – have written extensively about why this is in fact as bad as modern filmmaking gets.
Personally, I’m filing this under One To Keep The Lady Happy. When all you – male reader with the let’s-watch-something lady-friend – want to do is eat mince pies and doze on the couch, this is nothing less than ideal.
"General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere."
White Christmas (1954)
Rating: NR (US)/U (UK)
Running Time: 120 minutes
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye
Synopsis: I haven’t seen this one myself, admittedly, but I thought I’d round off our Netflix Christmas movie list with what’s largely regarded as a seasonal classic: White Christmas.
From IMDb: “A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.”
"My dear partner, when what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left."