Top 5 Christmas Movies: Comedies

This post is the first in a series of the best Christmas movies of all time.

Elf – Will Ferrell plays a Buddy, a man who was raised by elves. After his giant size causes too much chaos at the North Pole, Buddy heads to New York City to find his real father, who does not know he was born.

Due to his elfish ways, Buddy struggles to connect with his own kind, save for Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), who works as a seasonal elf at the Gimbel’s department store. When the real Santa has a crisis on Christmas Eve, Buddy is called on for his unique hybrid skillset.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – When the Griswolds “cut” down their oversized Christmas tree by pulling it from the roots with their car, it’s just the beginning of an insane Christmas experience. Patriarch Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes overboard on planning a “good, old-fashioned family Christmas,” but life reacts by going overboard on him, too. Unwanted relatives show up, he accidentally gets trapped in the attack, Christmas dinner is ruined, the Christmas bonus is late, and his house is destroyed. All the mishaps push Clark past the point of anger and exhaustion to acceptance and surrender that Christmas can bring joy in unexpected ways.

A Christmas Story – Ralphie steals your heart as he wishes for a BB gun while his mother is vehemently opposed and his father seems to pre-occupied to notice. Meanwhile, all the imperfections of the holiday season (and American culture) raise their ugly heads: crazy lines to see Santa Claus, bullies, swearing, getting in trouble for swearing, tacky lamps, Christmas dinner getting ruined, eating Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant. In the end, nothing truly ruins Christmas, and Ralphie falls asleep holding the best Christmas present he would ever receive.

Fred Claus – Vince Vaughn plays the older, underachieving, con-artist brother of Nick, a modern Santa that lives at the North Pole. When Fred needs a large sum of money as a down payment for a commercial property, he calls his Nick (played by Paul Giamatti) for help. Nick agrees but only if Fred works at the North Pole during Christmas.

Fred screws many things up, and it’s not really the best year to goof off. An efficiency expert is auditing the operations and will determine if the North Pole will be shut down. Despite the sabotage attempts by the expert, Fred is able to save the day by giving one present to every child – despite being classified as naughty or nice.

Scrooged – Bill Murray is heartless tv executive Frank Cross in this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. After visited by the three ghosts (Christmas Past, Present and Future), Cross realizes how empty and bitter his life has and will become. The slapstick comedy and Murray’s infusion of sarcasm in Cross’ character are what separates Scrooged from the rest of the A Christmas Carol films.

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