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Christmas comedies will make the time waiting for Christmas more pleasant.  See what’s worth watching

Christmas comedies will make the time waiting for Christmas more pleasant. See what’s worth watching

Christmas comedies will make the time waiting for Christmas more pleasant.  See what’s worth watching

Christmas comedies are some of the most frequently watched films during Christmas. Their action usually takes place on Christmas Eve and is usually based around a love story. Although, of course, not always, as in the case of the family comedy most associated with Christmas, Home Alone.

Christmas romantic comedies

It might seem that Christmas romantic comedies are predictable or even banal, but they attract crowds of viewers. Although it is undemanding, it puts the recipient in a joyful, festive mood and can usually be expected to have a happy ending. Even if Christmas romantic comedies are a bit saccharine, mawkish, or even naive, these stories are still very popular.

“Love Actually” (2003), dir. Richard Curtis

One of the most popular Christmas romantic comedies. It presents ten seemingly unrelated love stories, the fate of inhabitants of England who – it would seem – have nothing in common. Meanwhile, all these threads are connected by love. The Prime Minister falls in love at first sight with one of the employees of his office. A married woman suspects that her husband wants to leave her. The writer runs away to the south of France to mend his broken heart, and finds love there. It is love that will stir up the lives of each of these characters on Christmas Eve. The cast included: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley.

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“Holiday” (2006), dir. Nancy Meyers

The owner of an advertising agency in southern California, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and the editor of a social column in one of the London newspapers, Iris (Kate Winslet), after experiencing heartbreak, decide to exchange houses for the holidays. They don’t expect that romantic ecstasy awaits them.

“I love you and you are sleeping” (1995), dir. Jon Turteltaub

Subway station cashier Lucy (Sandra Bullock) saves the life of a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher) on Christmas Day. The man falls into a coma and is taken to hospital. There, his family takes Lucy as the sick man’s fiancée.

Christmas comedies

Christmas comedies are not highly appreciated by critics, who accuse them of being predictable, using clichés or infantilism. However, Christmas viewers expect light, easy and pleasant films, not ambitious cinema that forces deep reflection. Therefore, some Christmas comedies, especially those with a family character, have become an indispensable element of Christmas.

“Home Alone” (1990), dir. Chris Columbus

The McCallister family goes to France for Christmas. Due to the morning chaos, they forget to take eight-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) with them. The boy, relying solely on his wits, must defend the house against burglars.

'Home Alone' again gathered many viewers in front of the TV.  We know the viewing figures‘Home Alone’ again gathered many viewers in front of the TV. We know the viewing figures Photo still from the movie ‘Home Alone’/

“The Grinch: There Will Be No Christmas” (2000), dir. Ron Howard

The mischievous Grinch (Jim Carrey) lives near Whosiów and hates Christmas. He comes to the village to steal Christmas from its inhabitants. Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen) stands in his way.

'Grinch: No Christmas' (2000)‘Grinch: No Christmas’ (2000) frame from the movie ‘The Grinch: No Christmas’ dir. Ron Howard/Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection/East News

“Elf” (2003), dir. Jon Favreau

During Christmas, tiny Buddy slips unnoticed into Santa’s sack. When the boy raised at the North Pole by elves grows up, he goes to New York to find his real family.

Movies: Christmas comedies

What are the most watched during Christmas? Christmas comedies are the most popular genre. There is no doubt that comedies dominate Christmas-themed movies. And no wonder, after all, holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and relaxation. Christmas comedies ensure this, additionally putting the viewer in the Christmas mood. Although it must be admitted that not all Christmas comedies are family films.

“Bad Santa” (2003), dir. Terry Zwigoff

Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) is a thief by profession. During Christmas, he prowls the shopping mall dressed as Santa Claus. He is accompanied by Marcus (Tony Cox). Willie hates children, but loves alcohol, cigarettes and beautiful women. Everything changes when she meets an eight-year-old boy (Brett Kelly).

“In a Crooked Mirror: Hello, Santa Claus” (1989), dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik

Clark (Chevy Chase) lives in the suburbs of Chicago. He plans to celebrate Christmas grandly with his loved ones. However, bad luck haunts him at almost every step.

“Silent Night” (2015), dir. Jonathan Levine

Three best friends, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Chris (Anthony Mackie) and Isaac (Seth Rogen), meet every year on Christmas to experience a night full of fun. Since this is their last outing, they want it to be special.

Romantic Christmas movies

Romantic Christmas movies can gather whole families in front of the TV, and they break popularity records in cinemas. They talk about love with a bit of humor, and Christmas appears in the background.

“12 Christmas Dates” (2001), dir. James Hayman

Kate can’t get over her breakup with Jack. On Christmas Eve, she goes on a blind date and meets handsome Miles. However, she rejects it, and at midnight she unexpectedly goes back in time, getting a chance to experience Christmas Eve again.

“The Family Madhouse” (2005), dir. Thomas Bezucha

Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) brings his fiancée, Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), home for the holidays. A ruthless careerist does not make a good impression on an eccentric family. Meredith, poorly received by the Stones, calls on her younger sister, Julie (Claire Danes), for help.

“Letters to M.” (2011), dir. Mitya Okorn

Five unique stories taking place in Warsaw on Christmas Eve. The list of Christmas comedies must include this Polish romantic comedy with Agnieszka Dygant, Roma Gąsiorowska, Katarzyna Zielińska, Maciej Stuhr, Piotr Adamczyk and Tomasz Karolak in the main roles.

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*The material uses photos from Kino Świat

Source: Gazeta

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