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Top 10: Traditional Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

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Tradition and holidays go hand in hand.  Each brings with it family get-togethers that more often than not result in temporary insanity and promises to never do family get -togethers again.  Eating your Christmas dinner like it’s your last, which also results in promises to once again, never do that again.  Talk of politics at the table, which more often than not results in family squabbles, before mom puts the kabosh on it, and makes the offending parties, yes indeed, promise to never do it again at any family gathering.

Tradition and holidays also influence films.  It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, the various Muppets Christmas films, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (that may be a bit obscure), White Christmas and all of the TV movies that are shown every single year are staples in most households.  Mine is not one of them.  Sure I’ve seen them and even grew up watching them through the years, but I found, at a young age, there were other “Christmas” movies that I prefer to watch instead.  As the title suggests, they’re my traditional, non-traditional holiday fare, and since I’m a self-proclaimed gal of action, they are (with the exception of two) firmly rooted in the action genre.

As part of our continuing countdown to Christmas, we here at HeyUGuys thought it prudent to unleash our Top 10 Christmas lists on our unsuspecting readers.  Who knows…maybe you’ll find some that you hadn’t considered Christmas films before and add them to your family’s holiday tradition.  So without further ado….here are my Top 10 favorites for the Christmas season.


#10 – Just Friends (2005)

While this isn’t the greatest film ever made, it makes me laugh every time I watch it. First of all, seeing a fat Ryan Reynolds sport curly hair and a retainer is funny in itself, but the film jumps forward 10 years.  At that point Reynold’s character Chris Brander sports the body that all females have come to appreciate, but it’s when his personality slips back into the insecure dork that things really get interesting.  Anna Faris provides some laughs as well, but the best parts of this film happen with Chris and his brother beat the crap out of each other.  Brotherly love just doesn’t get much better, or more entertaining than this.

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Tracy started writing movie reviews for her high school newspaper way back in the ancient times of the late 80's. She joined forces with HeyUGuys in May 2009 and still continues to unleash her arsenal of sarcasm on the masses while working movie quotes into every conversation she has. She doesn't mind when someone looks at her weird when she yells "GAME OVER MAN!". You can find her here on HeyUGuys, or over on ReelGoddess.com

  • lindsey tam

    This is definitely a non-traditional list. I wouldn’t have thought of these as Christmas movies. A friend I work with at DISH says Die Hard 2 is a good movie regardless of the season though, so maybe I’ll try that out this year. I can rent it from DISH’s Blockbuster@Home service. With over 100,000 DVDs it’s always easy for me to find what I’m looking for. And if I like Die Hard 2 I’ll try out a few other movies from your list, even if they don’t quite seem like Christmas movies to me.

  • http://viewster.com/ Viewster

    Just friends is a good one.
    very motivative)

  • Beanie

    You forgot In Bruges, great flick