There are a few movies I love to watch every year during the holidays. I don’t own it, but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ranks high on the list and since it airs so many times on television I usually get to connect with it at least once during Christmas. Love Actually is a movie I can and have watched any time of the year. I own the DVD. But the past couple of years I just bring it out at Christmas time and give it a view. Then there’s The Holiday which I also own. When it was brand new I saw it in the theatre and then by the following Christmas I owned the DVD version. It’s on my list of DVDs to pack for my upriver excursion this coming season. There are some movies like Bridget Jones, which you don’t really think about as being “holiday” movies but which are great to watch during the season. I’ve got a bunch of those too that I will pack to take up home when I go.
Last night we went to the theatre to see Four Christmases. I had heard good things. The previews looked good. I sort of had the hope that it would be The Holiday and I’d leave the theatre immediately wanting to buy the DVD to take home and watch with Mom on Christmas Eve … but alas, such was not the case. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was okay. We laughed. We had a good time. It was perfectly acceptable. But it just wasn’t Christmas enough for my taste. I mean other than the fact that the holiday was the cause for them to have to go spend time with each of their parents, the movie really could have taken place on any day of the year. It was set in California, so of course there was no snow. And somehow a house all lit up alone out in the desert doesn’t say Christmas to me. It was a good cast. I love Reese Witherspoon and with supporting roles being played by Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and even Dwight Yoakam, I was a happy camper in the casting department. But I have no urge to see this movie again. I won’t be buying the DVD. It’s not an instant holiday classic.