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This Chick’s Flicks: Christmas Chick Flicks

Love Actually image: © 2003 Universal Studios.  ||  This Chick’s Flicks logo: © 2012 Kristal Bailey.

Some people celebrate Christmas Day with family, friends, and presents under a tree. Others, like me, celebrate with a trip to the movies and dinner in Chinatown.

Regardless of how you spend the day itself, part of what makes Christmas fun is that it’s not only 1 day out of 365 others—it’s a season. And, for me at least, there’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by watching my favorite Christmas chick flicks.

Originally, I was just going to do a run-of-the-mill post where I listed my faves with a picture and some details for each. But then I thought that maybe you deserved something more—after all, it is the season of giving. So I asked for input from the biggest holiday-movie-lover I know: my mother.

As ironic as it may seem to take the advice of two Chosen People on this matter, below you will find my 4 favorite Christmas chick flicks (and 3 additional Christmas chick flicks…just for fun), followed by my mother’s 5 favorite holiday movies on page 2.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas…and caution you to beware of any SPOILERS that might have slipped into my mother’s commentary…

Enjoy!

 

Love Actually (2003)
R, 135 min., Comedy/Drama/Romance

© 2003 Universal Studios

Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson,
Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy,
Kris Marshall, Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rodrigo Santoro, Rowan Atkinson

A holiday romantic dramedy that will have you laughing, crying, and marveling at the many ways in which the Christmas spirit inspires people to do things that they’d label “crazy” any other day of the year.

P.S. If, somehow, you have not yet seen this movie, stop reading right now and watch it. Seriously. Do it.

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The Holiday (2006)
PG-13, 138 min., Comedy/Romance

© 2006 Columbia Pictures & Universal Pictures
© 2006 Columbia Pictures & Universal Pictures

Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black

A Nancy Meyers holiday rom-com classic about finding love in the last place you thought you’d ever find yourself.

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This Christmas (2007)
PG-13, 117 min., Comedy/Drama/Romance

© 2008 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Columbus Short,
Chris Brown, Keith Robinson, Laz Alonso, Sharon Leal, Lauren London, Mekhi Phifer

A Christmas rom-dram about the importance of having family by your side in good times and bad.

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The Family Stone (2005)
PG-13, 103 min., Comedy/Drama/Romance

© 2005 Twentieth Century Fox
© 2005 Twentieth Century Fox

Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson,
Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Tyrone Giordano, Brian White

A bring-your-own-tissues holiday tale about first impressions, family secrets, and letting your freak flag fly.

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Want more Christmas chick flicks?

Try…

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© 2009 New Line Home Video
© 2009 New Line Home Video

Four Christmases
(2008)

PG-13, 88 min.
Comedy/Drama/Romance

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Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn,
Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek,
Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen,
Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw,
Kristin Chenoweth

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© 2012 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.
© 2012 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.

A Princess for Christmas
(2011)

TV Movie, 90 min.
Comedy/Drama/Family

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Katie McGrath, Roger Moore,
Sam Heughan

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A Princess for Christmas DVD Review

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© 2011 Gravitas Ventures
© 2011 Gravitas Ventures

Holiday Engagement
(2011)

TV Movie, 97 min.
Comedy

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Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long,
Jordan Bridges

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Go on to Page 2 for my mother’s 5 favorite holiday movies!

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Sarah Katz

Sarah Katz

Born-and-bred New Yorker. Lifelong film & TV lover—from chick flicks, rom-coms, rom-droms, rom-drams, and tweentertainment, to Shakespeare, period pieces, James Bond, fairy tales, and mafia movies.