There’s so much Christmas cheer about. It isn’t surprising as it is the festive holiday season! But here’s 10 films that didn’t do Christmas justice…
Christmas may be a time of seasons giving and goodwill to all, but it can be a time cinema dishes out some of the worst movies of the year, as demonstrated by the recent gargantuan festive stinker Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? Want more proof? Well, here’s my WORST Christmas movies ever!
10. Christmas with the Kranks (Joe Roth, 2004)
A witless and charmless experience that’s as enjoyable as last year’s fruitcake, Christmas with the Kranks stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as two “Krank”-y parents. Honestly now…
9. Deck the Halls (John Whitesell, 2006)
A complete flop in every sense of the word, and it’s really easy to see why. It has Matthew Broderick trying to stop Danny Devito from decorating his house and having it seen from outer space. What? Really!?
8. Four Christmases (Seth Gordon, 2008)
A clichéd and hackneyed vacuum of a film that has Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon attempting to visit all four divorced parents over Christmas. Laughing already…
7. The Family Stone (Thomas Bezucha, 2005)
Sarah Jessica Parker stars in a drama about an uptight control freak visiting her partner’s chaotic family, ranging from Diane Keaton to Dermot Mulroney. Yes, it’s that funny…
6. Jack Frost (Troy Miller, 1998)
A knuckle-chewing schmaltz-fest in which the moral of the story is that, in the end, snow dad is better than no dad. Er, no it isn’t.
5. Fred Claus (David Dobkin, 2006)
Vince Vaughn stars as Santa Claus’ grumpy brother. So, that’s two Christmases Vince Vaughn has spoiled. Ho-hum…
4. The Holiday (Nancy Meyers, 2006)
A ghastly Love Actually knock-off where England and America swaps Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Can we have Kate Winslet back, please?
3. The Santa Clause (Joe Pasquin, 1994)
An add-insult-to-injury comedy in which a man mutates into Father Christmas. It’s Miracle on 34th Street meets The Fly… with Tim Allen.
2. Jingle All the Way (Brian Levant, 1996)
One of those films that completely personifies what’s evil and corrupting about Hollywood Christmas movies, Jingle All the Way stars Arnie “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger in a crassly consumerist movie about the crass consumerism of Christmas. Just shoot me now…
1. Santa Claus: The Movie (Jeannot Szwarc, 1985)
The abomination that caused the entire nightmarish entourage of vacuous Christmas to happen, Santa Claus: The Movie is a monumental train-wreck of a movie with no redeeming features whatsoever, not even the great John Lithgow as the hateful villain of the piece. Honestly, everyone involved in that film, including Dudley Moore and John Lithgow, has a lot to answer for, and furthermore, they should be thoroughly ashamed with themselves.
Written and compiled by Ryan Pollard
So, that’s my list, but what about yours? What are your worst Christmas movies of all time? Let us know.