Jay Mohr) has just divorced his wife Jill (Daphne Zuniga), but he goes up to see her to wish Merry Christmas to his son. He gets trapped here, forced to spend Christmas with the in-laws who hate him, Jill's new boyfriend and very disappointed Ben, his son. After several and countless Christmases, he finally learns his lesson. You clearly know where the story is going, but it is still very entertaining and for me it is one of the best versions of this story! There is one other that I like very much, but I'll talk about that next year ;)
Jenny McCarthy), she goes home for the holidays and wishes to take over her father's legacy. At first, however, her approach is not quite traditional and she has to learn that even though some of Santa's ways could use fixing, they still work. She misses out on the importance of keeping the whole North Pole a secret, as it is not a business but one man's entire life. Once she understands that it is not how they get the presents to the children, but that they do, she is ready to take over! It is fun, cute and a nice take on Santa's family. Pop it in if you just want to watch something relaxing!
Cate (Shannon Doherty) is a thief, but her last job didn't go too well so she heads back home to lay low for a while. There she takes care of her niece and nephew and reconnects with an old love, who happens to be a cop... She gets a possibility to make up for her last job with her old partner, but she has to then choose between being a criminal or being an aunt - something she finds quite fun.
Stealing Christmas with Tony Danza, and I quite like these because you know that crime doesn't stop, but maybe during the holidays people really do change their priorities. At least I hope! Also, Doherty was a fun character and of course you know that she will learn from it, but you still wonder how or for what specific reason does she change to give up this life of crime. And when you think about it, it is scary to have to start from zero. But that is what family is for! This is a good movie and it is very festive! (You know, despite the crime!)
Melissa Joan Hart) keeps coming up with little white lies to cover for the fact that her boyfriend David (Mario Lopez) believes to have been kidnapped. She covers for her story perfectly and in the end David gets to see that she is not so crazy after all, but the holidays put a whole lot of pressure on all of us. He gets her arrested, but also drops the charges as he realizes that his current girlfriend is more fake than the lies Trudie came up with over the weekend. It is a funny movie, and original doesn't begin to cover it :D Check it out!
Chad Michael Murray!
OK, I'll admit that I have said some pretty harsh things about these movies, but I wanted to list them because the good beats the bad by a mile! Good actors, original stories and very festive movies!
And with that I end this years holiday season! I could write about New Year's Eve, but I'm not going to it would only be a rant about how none of the characters have any chemistry and that I hated every second of it. The only good thing would've been to have the movie be only about Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron. There you go, that's my review of that piece of shit!