We round off the streamer’s Christmas crackers: from Klaus to The Holiday and a Richard Curtis classic
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without hours of watching festive films on TV, even if many of them are completely terrifying. Fortunately, Netflix has a variety of vacation movies this year. Plan your visit now with our season guide.
In Netflix’s first original animated feature, a selfish (and extremely irritating) postman named Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) and a grumpy old toy maker (J.. . K. . Simmons) become friends and try to cheer up the miserable, frosty city of Smeerensburg. Sergio Pablos’ animations are charming, although the subplots of the story can get a little complicated.
This festive feel-good rom-com plays sex and town Kristen Davis as a single woman on a safari in Zambia, trying to get over her husband, who unceremoniously released her two days before her second honeymoon. Fortunately, their safari pilot is the catch. . . Expect sunny Christmas joy and lots of baby animals.
One of the few decent rom-coms on Netflix, here are two heartbroken women, Surrey journalist Iris (Kate Winslet) and film trailer producer Amanda (Cameron Diaz) from Los Angeles. requires R&R. Both women are attached to each other’s emotional baggage, which leads to two new and unexpected love stories. A nice, fluffy film that warms the heart without making it flinch.
Netflix ‘big « get » for the festive season is Richard Curtis’ lovable Christmas classic « Love Actually », which should have become a year-end tradition for every respected Briton. With a host of A-listers (and Martine McCutcheon), it also has the 2003 all-time soundtrack, with Hugh Grant et al. Consistently serenaded by Sugababes, Girls Aloud, S Club Juniors and Dido.
This festive comedy is a Netflix original with a small mouth and an almost formidable C-list from Tim Allen, Dax Shepard, and Jessica Alba. She plays Luke Grimes as the drifter, who after a short-lived reunion with his absent father, plays Wind on Christmas Eve, holding a hostage in Nevada. Much learning and growing and bonding will follow.
Like an upside-down Sweet Home Alabama, Eliza Taylor plays a wealthy New York debutante who ventures into the small town of Nowheresville to learn the value of all-American transplant and hard work, impersonates a citizen, falls in love, and realizes that there’s more to life than endless Manhattan parties and boos. Christmas Inheritance, a Netflix original, is similar to what a Zellweger or a Heigl would have done when romantic comedies were still played in theaters, and seems to be based on the same feeling of pleasantly mild nostalgia.
Although Arthur Christmas slightly disappeared when it was released in 2011 (it didn’t even win an Oscar for Best Animated Film), it has become a modern day classic, with the trademark Aardman wit and warmth and a beautiful voice -Over performance by James McAvoy as the clumsy son of Santa Claus Arthur who decides to save a little girl’s Christmas when Santa Claus forgets to bring her present. Bill Nighy, Michael Palin, and Hugh Laurie are among the rest of the cast.
A Christmas Prince is so bad that it’s an amazing Christmas movie that has already caused a wave of press for its various shortcomings. He plays Rose McIver of iZombie as a terrible New York journalist who reports on a « Playboy Prince » to a press conference in the fictional European country of Aldovia. While she is undercover as a tutor for the prince’s disabled sister, she falls in love with the prince and discovers a royal scandal. It’s the worst thing in every way. It plays like The Prince & Me, Never Been Kissed, and the sequel to Princess Diaries, all tossed in a mixer while a cheaper version of Natasha Bedingfield plays on the soundtrack.
If you want to re-shoot an old British comedy about terminal diseases with Alec Guinness, why not cast Queen Latifah? This happy, festive film depicts Latifah as a lonely department store clerk who is told she only has a few weeks left to live. She inspires her to take a luxury vacation to Europe for one final blowout in which she plays LL Cool J and fancy meals prepared by Gerard Depardieu.
For a less mean Bill Murray, why not try his experimental variety show special from 2015, staged by none other than Sofia Coppola, and featuring cameos from George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, and many other stars. Full of songs and vaguely surreal skits, it’s a small non-event, but worth checking out out of curiosity.
As the unofficial US remake of ITV comedy Christmas Lights, starring Robson Green and Mark Benton, Deck the Halls casts Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito as next-door rivals, whose competitive vacation fun turns into an all-out war, while wives Kristin Davis and Kristin Chenoweth waves her fingers on the sidelines. It’s unmistakably horrific, but will likely make a lot of background noise during a game of jenga.
For the « weird and wonderful eighties nonsense lovers » in your life, this cheap and cheery Christmas musical sees a bored-looking 11 year old Drew Barrymore drawn into a magical world where life-size toys roam the earth. Keanu Reeves, at his distractingly enthusiastic best, appears as does Mr.. Miyagi from The Karate Kid, only to drive home the fact that this came out in 1986.
Netflix Original A Christmas Prince from last year was so strangely addicting that he wrapped himself up with a sequel that was suspiciously well-coordinated with our own royal events. Amber and Prince Richard prepare to tie the knot, which scares Amber that she is not fit to be royal. It’s no better than the first, but remains inexplicably observable.
Another film that shows the worn and predictably entertaining imagination of a life switch. Chicago baker (Vanessa Hudgens) enters a Christmas baking contest in Belgravia where she meets the prince’s fiancée, who looks (absolutely unbelievably) exactly like her. They agree to swap lives for two days to literally see how the other half lives. Suspend your disbelief for two hours and you might just get sucked in.
The third movie in the Christmas Prince franchise seems the furthest away, but silliness is part of the festive spirit. Queen Amber of Aldovia (Rose McIver) is expecting right on time for Christmas and, along with her husband, King Richard (Ben Lamb), must host King Tai (Kevin Shen) and Queen Ming (Momo Yeung) of Penglia to renew a 600-year sacred truce. Celebrations go dark when the sacred contract paper is lost, a snowstorm falls and the young couple realizes that an ancient curse will soon fall on the family. . .
A radical antidote to the all-American holiday cheese that makes up the bulk of this list is Hector, a realistic drama starring the great Peter Mullan. He’s the Hector of the Title, a homeless Scot who travels the country to get to a London animal shelter where he plans to stay for Christmas.
Everything Martin Freeman stars is magically compelling, and this seasonal feel-good indulgence – an impromptu comedy in which elementary school teacher Paul (Freeman) tries to organize a daycare center – is no different.
Benedict Cumberbatch approaches the grumpy Grinch with green fur and a two-size-small heart who plans to steal Christmas from the residents of Whoville. Can six year old Cindy Lou change his mind? This colorful animation features family-friendly jokes and stunning imagery.
Sloane is fed up with her family asking about their love life, and Jackson wants deadly dating options for the holidays. So the couple agree to be each other’s « holidays » – no sex, no romance. It’s a familiar premise, but Emma Roberts and Australian actor Luke Bracey are personable leads, while Kristin Chenoweth is a horny aunt who steals scenes.
In this Victorian musical fantasy, Forest Whitaker plays a toy inventor who lost everything when his devious apprentice stole his blueprints. Granddaughter Reise is determined to restore his legacy. With lots of Broadway-style razzle, including upbeat dance routines from Kylie’s choreographer Ashley Wallen. Ricky Martin and Hugh Bonneville also make up the cast.
In the sequel to The Christmas Chronicles (also on Netflix), Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn repeat their roles as Santa and Mrs Claus – the latter playing a much more prominent role this time around. You are visited by an unfortunate teenager in the North Pole and you also have to deal with a troublemaker trying to sabotage the festive season.
Have a fun, dolly – admittedly very campy – Christmas with this musical fable. Christine Baranski is the wealthy landowner who threatens to evict city dwellers to make way for a mall. Can partons of angels covered with rhinestones convince them otherwise? Parton also provides the songs and director / choreographer Debbie Allen provides the lively dance routines.
If you like your romcoms with a backorder of time travel (and Kate & Leopold somehow passed you by) this Vanessa Hudgens vehicle is for you. She plays Brooke, a disaffected woman who has forever given up the concept of happiness. Enter the 14th century knight Cole. Century sent into the future to fulfill its destiny.
Another chapter in the genius UK franchise, this time with David Tennant as twin brothers – a timid elementary school teacher and his famous composer and conductor brother – clashing in a national Christmas carol competition. Marc Wootton is back as the irrepressible Mr.. Poppy.
Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men is one of the ensembles of this YA novel adaptation. On Christmas Eve, in a small, snow-covered town, several teenagers fall in love. A hilarious script by British comedian Laura Solon, Kay Cannon of 30 Rock and Pitch Perfect, and screenwriter Victoria Strouse of Finding Dory makes this a surprising charmer.
Based on the US Air Force’s real-life humanitarian mission of the same name, this brilliant film features a congressional aid tasked with investigating a USAF base to find a reason for its closure. But a handsome captain shows her how to air freight the people of Guam for Christmas – and of course romantic flowers.
Yes, there is more! Vanessa Hudgens returns – this time she plays not one, not two, but three women who happen to be identical. As Margaret, Duchess of Montenaro prepares for her coronation, she again switches places with Stacy to mend her love life. But the scheming Lady Fiona sees the opportunity to steal the throne. . .
Continuing the 2016 film Bad Moms, the original trio – played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn – is accompanied by their own troubled mothers: welcome Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. Expect male strippers, drunk mayhem, and an oddly sentimental lead.
Martin Clunes, Catherine Tate, Celia Imrie and Jason Watkins join Marc Wootton in the third episode. Clunes plays an Ofsted inspector who is supposed to get married in New York. But when he is from Mr.. Poppy’s ass is hit in the head, he develops amnesia. Can he get his memory back before the big day?
Jennifer is unfortunately attacked by her future in-laws with the wedding on Christmas Eve and is given the opportunity to choose another path by her guardian angel. The Twist: In her alternative life, she explored her romantic feelings for her childhood friend. Sex and the City’s Chris Noth appears as a Catholic priest.
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