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The most irritating Christmas movie ever.


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(...and now, if we have anyone here who believes in angels, please bare with me here

Uh, I'd prefer to keep my clothes on, thank you very much. :P

 

A bit more seriously, regarding nudity and Christmas movies, there was actually a porn version of Dicken's Christmas Carol made in the mid-1970s called The Passions of Carol. Google it to find more information.

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Uh, I'd prefer to keep my clothes on, thank you very much. :P

 

A bit more seriously, regarding nudity and Christmas movies, there was actually a porn version of Dicken's Christmas Carol made in the mid-1970s called The Passions of Carol. Google it to find more information.

For some reason I find the idea of a pornographic A Christmas Carol hilarious.  Each of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future will have their way with Ebenezer and get "Scrooged." There is much storyline potential here.

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According to the synopses I've read, it's a female Scrooge, and Christmas Future has her as a cheap hooker in Times Square, the movie having been made in the era when Gerald Ford figuratively told the city to drop dead. I suppose Christmas Future could have put her in the Port Authority bus terminal. :o

 

Some of this probably belongs in the Little Murders thread.

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I took your advice Fedya, and googled this. Surprised to find there was such a developed plot line and apparently at the time was a rather ambitious project (as far as adult films in the 1970s go).  I find it hilarious that the lead actress was working under the pseudonym "Merrie Holiday" when she made this film.

 

In the film, she was Carol Scrooge, Editor in chief of a Playgirl type magazine.  She's working her poor employees to the bone (no pun intended, or was it?), including Bob Crachitt whom is forced to work on Christmas Eve on layouts for the upcoming issue.  From reading the plot, it sounds like it stays faithful to Dickens' novel. 

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If, for many, the main fault of Christmas movies is the "sappy" quotient, I suggest they check out

The Ref.

A 1994 film directed by Ted Demme, The Ref presents a perverse take on Christmas cheer, beginning with a couple on the verge of divorce.

The plot details don't matter. I'll just say it stars Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis, and Denis Leary, three actors known for their ability to make sarcasm and cynicism fun to watch. Sap is out the window with this one.

Actually, I'll go so far as to say it's hilarious. The scene with Judy Davis wearing some kind of candle wreath on her head ("a traditional Lithuanian Christmas headgear" or something) is deliciously ridiculous. Especially when you combine the "Lithuanian candle wreath" with the expression on Davis' face.

I suspect even hard-core Christmas movie detractors will be entertained by The Ref.

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In that vien, I recommend a film from the '90's called TRAPPED IN PARADISE.

 

Nicholas Cage, Dana Carvey and John Lovitz, of all people, play a trio of brothers, known for their felonious past, robbing a bank in a small town called Paradise and the comic "Murphy's law" situations that occur in the aftermath.

 

There IS a level of SAP content to it, but it IS a pretty funny movie regardless, with a brilliant comic turn by character actor  Richard Jenkins as an FBI agent.

 

The bank robbery sequence is hilarious!

 

 

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In that vien, I recommend a film from the '90's called TRAPPED IN PARADISE.

 

Nicholas Cage, Dana Carvey and John Lovitz, of all people, play a trio of brothers, known for their felonious past, robbing a bank in a small town called Paradise and the comic "Murphy's law" situations that occur in the aftermath.

 

There IS a level of SAP content to it, but it IS a pretty funny movie regardless, with a brilliant comic turn by character actor  Richard Jenkins as an FBI agent.

 

The bank robbery sequence is hilarious!

 

My favorite Christmas movie! Just ahead of 'Christmas Vacation'.

 

Dana is priceless.

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I'll echo what MissWonderleyToo said about "The Ref".  It's an off-the-wall tale set during the holidays, but enjoyable nonetheless.

 

I like "It's a Wonderful Life" as well, but it bugs me that NBC has the rights to air it until seemingly, all the regular posters here die or lose their mental faculties!  I think there are a lot of "George Bailey" types of people in the world who feel under-appreciated, cheated by life's twists and turns, or imposed on by people they know and thus, taken for granted.  But, when the chips are down, you discover that there are a lot of people who really think highly of you and truly are concerned about one's welfare.

 

Not to continue hijacking this thread, I will say I understand Slaytonf's disdain for "A Christmas Carol" and the 'joy through abject terror' message it portrays.  It's been years since I've read Dickens' story, so I am curious if other posters here would say the 1938 and/or 1951 screen versions are portrayed accurately.  I seem to remember reading once that many film critics considered the 1951 version to be more true to the original story than the 1938 version, but both were also considered to be good efforts.

 

Personally, I would have to say my least enjoyable classic Christmas tale is "Miracle on 34th Street".  Don't ask me why I don't like it.  I have seen it more than twice just to give myself the opportunity to see if it would change my mind about it....but, no dice.

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I can't stand It's a Wonderful Life; it was the first film that sprang to mind upon seeing the thread title.  Second is Love, Actually.

 

IAWL is just relentlessly bleak, with George perpetually trapped in his life, and then we see these nonsensical visions of what life would have been like without him*, and then we get the most sickeningly sweet ending tacked on.  I find it disjointed.  I never much cared for Friends, but got stuck watching it a few times, one of which was made better by Phoebe trying to get through the film and declaring they should have called it It's a Sucky Life, and Just When You Think it Can't Suck Anymore, it Does!

 

*The worst story is Mary's.  First of all, she'd have married Sam, and probably be quite content in New York.  Regardless, I'm flabbergasted by the notion her "spinster" life was such a horrible fate.  As someone on another forum said, in a town full of disarray, she's an educated and employed woman.  So the problem is, what, exactly?

 

And, fundamentally, why would he want to go back to this life filled with people whose never-ending demands on him are the reason his dreams didn't come true?  I'd rather be in Pottersville, and take that trip around the world. 

 

Now this is just awful. I was about to do an imdb review on IAWL and I simply cannot top this. It says it all. I have to wait until next year after I have hopefully forgotten what you said and hope I have an original thought on the movie that does not sound exactly like this.

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If, for many, the main fault of Christmas movies is the "sappy" quotient, I suggest they check out

The Ref.

A 1994 film directed by Ted Demme, The Ref presents a perverse take on Christmas cheer, beginning with a couple on the verge of divorce.

The plot details don't matter. I'll just say it stars Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis, and Denis Leary, three actors known for their ability to make sarcasm and cynicism fun to watch. Sap is out the window with this one.

Actually, I'll go so far as to say it's hilarious. The scene with Judy Davis wearing some kind of candle wreath on her head ("a traditional Lithuanian Christmas headgear" or something) is deliciously ridiculous. Especially when you combine the "Lithuanian candle wreath" with the expression on Davis' face.

I suspect even hard-core Christmas movie detractors will be entertained by The Ref.

Thank you for the recommendation MissWonderly.  It looks like The Ref is being added to the Netflix Instant Queue on New Years Day.  I'll check it out!

 

Kevin Spacey is always excellent even if the film he's in isn't.  I'm also all about dark humor type films. 

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Not to continue hijacking this thread, I will say I understand Slaytonf's disdain for "A Christmas Carol" and the 'joy through abject terror' message it portrays.  It's been years since I've read Dickens' story, so I am curious if other posters here would say the 1938 and/or 1951 screen versions are portrayed accurately.  I seem to remember reading once that many film critics considered the 1951 version to be more true to the original story than the 1938 version, but both were also considered to be good efforts.

 

I wasn't completely serious when I made that characterization--but it would serve as an interesting platform for discussion.  The story has some of Dickens' best imagery.  This from an author who's works are particularly rich in the images they evoke.  None of the adaptations do full justice to his story, but for me, the Alistair Sim version is best.  It abbreviates the story, but captures the atmosphere best.  Sim's Scrooge has just the proper edge and nastiness to begin with, and his exuberant eruptions of glee in the morning have the feeling of spontaneity to them required for the words not to seem artificial, or fall flat.  Can't say I care for the Reginald Owen version, but there are those that like it.  So there you are.

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