WPR Discusses: Favorite Holiday Movie Moments
Yes, is is that time of year where everyone has their traditions and favorite holiday movie moment. Whether you’re as enthusiastic as Buddy the Elf, complete Christmas Grinch, or just think everything about the seasons is dreadful. We here at WPR think that everyone needs to have a little bit of Joy in their life. So, whatever your feelings may be, here are some short clips that are staff favorites that we hope make you laugh, smile, grin, or at least feel good inside.
Mine, to start things off (the perks of being the one putting this all together. Is the Christmas Dinner scene in Christmas Vacation. From “the blessing” to the turkey and Eddie wanting more cat food, it’s just one of my favorite scenes from this movie. I watch Christmas Vacation at least two or three times every year, my dad got me into this kind of comedy when I was a kid and it never gets old. So, in it’s entirety, the Christmas Dinner scene from Christmas Vacation.
This upcoming year marks the 20th anniversary of Clueless. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s, like, a totally important movie that defined the fashion and slang for several generations of teenagers/young adults. A modernized retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, this coming-of-age film follows the escapades of sweet and spoiled Beverly Hills teenager Cher Horowitz, as she explores the challenging world of self-improvement, helping her friends find love, and bare midriffs. As a major devotee of the 80s/90s teen movies, few scenes from the genre are quite as iconic as the wild house party attended by Cher and the gang over Christmas vacation. In the scene, Cher imparts some serious wisdom to the audience through her advice to her protégé Tai Frasier (played by an adorable little baby version of Brittany Murphy). In the span of five minutes, we are given the rundown on proper holiday party etiquette (“Let’s do a lap before we commit to a location”), tips on luring the object of your affections under the mistletoe, and even how to tend to party fouls that could potentially lead to concussions. If you’re attending any holiday parties this season, Cher, Tai, and Dionne have some great looks to channel in order to set yourself apart from the ensembly challenged, but it’s important to remember that you’re there to celebrate the season with the people you care about the most. After all, that’s what the holidays are really about: rollin’ with your homies, and sippin’ yac on ice.
Editors Note: Kyle has nothing to add to this, he only told us he finds this amusing, then turned and walked away.
Forget the jolly ol’ St. Nick that we know from Coke commercials and holiday specials. Check out Father Christmas–the Finnish version–in Rare Exports.
To me there’s no more adequate character who embodies my feelings of resentment towards this holiday each year than Bill Murray’s portrayal of the archetypal Scrooge character in 1988’s Scrooged. This scene in particular not only shows a future we didn’t think would happen, but is exactly how I think we should sell all holiday specials. Merry Xmas ho ho ho, ahhh bah humbug.
Who doesn’t love Christmas. I mean what’s not to love about the wonderfully festive celebration that comes with this particular holiday. The endless presents you get to buy, all the lights you have to put up, the depressing Christmas music that never stops playing everywhere, the disgusting fruitcake, and all that precious time you get to spend with family that never wants to see any other time of year. Like I said, what a fantastic holiday. Alright, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but the truth is that this holiday can be a little stressful. Everyone of us has had that moment where all the “joy” of Christmas has brought us to the brink of insanity, and in this classic clip from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase gives us my favorite Christmas movie moment when he finally crosses that line and loses it.
Christmas is that special time of year that makes me hate winter even more. It’s like a biter cherry on top of a rancid eggnog shake. The only thing I hate more than Christmas itself is Christmas movies and Christmas specials. Only a few exceptions exists. Gremlins of course, Silent Night Deadly Night, Christmas Evil, Black Christmas, and of course Die Hard.
Die Hard is one of thee best action movies of all time if not thee best. So here I picked the best scene from it. Yippee ki yay mother fucker.
There you have it, our holiday picks for holiday movie moment to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside…or at least hit your general feelings about this time of year. Now, tell us what YOUR favorites are!