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5 Christmas Movies, That Aren’t Christmas Movies

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Here’s a great list of movies that would be fun to sneak into the collection around the holidays.They are movies that might be Christmas movies but weren’t made to be the new classics like The Grinch.

Here’s 5 that I think are good movies with a brief description for you too.

THE REF– This movie is set on Christmas. Gus (Denis Leary) decides to rob a house when it all goes wrong and he is forced to hide out. The house he decides to hide out in is expecting a huge family get together that night. So Gus plays the therapist and finds out how much the family hates getting together and putting on fake faces. Meanwhile, the kid wants to live a life of luxury by blackmailing. Not your typical “It’s A Wonderful Life”, Great Movie!

REINDEER GAMES– A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap. Rudy (Ben Affleck) is serving time in prison for auto theft, where he becomes friendly with his cellmate Nick (James Frain). Nick has been enjoying a spicy courtship by mail with a woman named Ashley (Charlize Theron), who has sent him several enticing photos, even though he has been unable to send her any of himself. Rudy and Nick are to be released the same day, but Nick is killed in an altercation with only three days left to serve. Rudy is let out on schedule, and discovers Ashley, unaware that Nick is dead, is waiting for him. Swayed by her beauty, Rudy claims to be Nick, which turn out to be fun until Rudy meets Ashley’s brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Gabriel runs with a group of outlaws planning on using Nick’s knowledge of an Indian gambling casino in Michigan where he once worked in order to stage a massive robbery on Christmas Eve. Rudy soon realizes if keeps on being Nick, he gets to stay with Ashley, but he’ll also have to go along with Gabriel’s robbery, which could easily land him back in prison — or get him killed. Wait till you see the twist, that you didn’t see coming…..does that make sense? Again, not a typical Christmas Movie.

29TH STREET-The true story of the first winner of the New York state lottery. Set in New York City in the 1950s-60s, a young man wins a bundle in the lottery and tries to get his father out of debt with loan sharks. When he wins, he doesn’t have the ticket, and is arrested for throwing rocks at his church. He explains his life to the police about how lucky he is but the luck is a curse. Another great twist in this one. Set on Christmas Eve.

LOVE ACTUALLY– Someone tried to convince me that this wasn’t a Christmas movie citing the fact that it is watchable out of season while a true Christmas movie is not. I think Love Actually does a decent job (topless woman aside) of being in the Christmas spirit. Sometimes it’s the time of year the movie takes place that makes it one. Sometimes it’s just a good movie to share at Christmas time.

DIE HARD– This one takes place on the night of his wife’s office Christmas Party. Who thought that the goofy dad from the Irkle show couldn’t be goofy in this one. I’m thinkin’ he is just plain goofy or he wouldn’t play it so well. He does get serious though toward the end. There is a  growing sub culture that continues to herald Die Hard as the best Christmas movie ever, but they need to get a grip. It’s become a weird cult phenomenon to get a bunch of people together and watch John McClain kick butt on Christmas.

Got any classics you like to watch at Christmas that aren’t really Christmas movies. Let me know.



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