Unless you party with the funniest people on the planet, after a while holiday gatherings can feel like a never ending marathon of small talk and big calorie desserts. To keep things fresh and interesting, interrupt the chatfest and play a crowd pleasing movie. There is a movie for just about any crowd. Here are a few of my favorites.
Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD is a holiday classic for many reasons. It's short enough to appeal to the short attention span crowd (kids and internet junkies who will simply DIE if they have to wait longer than an hour to check their email/Facebook page). It's strikes the perfect balance between sweetness, whimsy and humor which appeals anyone who is a kid at heart. The story and animation are simply entertaining, even after all these years.
What I love about A Christmas Story is that the story is told from 9 year old Ralphie Parker's point of view. This delightful holiday gem tells is set in the 1940's and tells the story of Ralphie's efforts to obtain the ultimate Christmas present, a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle, in spite of the fact that every adult that he tells warns him he'll shoot his eye out. Meanwhile The Old Man just got a strange award (a lamp shaped like a woman's leg), Ralphie's not too bright friend gets his tongue stuck to a flag pole, and Ralphie accidentally blurts out the f-word in front of his father.
Toy Story appeals to the kid in all of us.This animated classic celebrates the joy of toys with humor and a sense of adventure. Cowboy doll Woody is the favorite toy of little boy Andy, and the leader of all the other toys. His fun filled world is suddenly turned upside down when Andy gets a Buzz Lightyear action figure for his birthday. Suddenly, Woody is in danger of being replaced as Andy and all the toys give Buzz their attention. Worse yet, Buzz doesn't know he's a toy. He thinks he's the real Buzz Lightyear. When the two toys get lost, the adventure begins as they work together to get home before Andy moves.
What better way to celebrate a season of shopping that by watchingThe Devil Wears Prada? You don't have to be a style insider to enjoy this fashionable farce. This clever, funny movie features Meryl Streep as Miranda, the ridiculously demanding editor-in-chief of Runway, an elite fashion magazine full of size-0, fashion obsessed slaves. The smart new second-assistant Andrea (Anne Hathaway), has more brains than style which makes her stand out like a pair of fuzzy slippers. Andrea aspires to be a serious journalist and looks down at the shallow fashion world, yet she finds herself seduced by the perks of the fashionable life. Miranda is the boss from hell, but Streep's underplayed, brilliant comic timing make her a fun and fascinating character watch.