Offbeat Christmas Movies

Welcome to Freaky Friday.  Most of us–including me–are busy cooking, cleaning, and otherwise getting ready to celebrate Christmas.  Taking that into consideration, today’s Freaky Friday will be short and…freaky.  We’re going to look at a few offbeat Christmas movies.

The Ref

My husband and I watch this movie at least once every Christmas.  It’s a classic for us because it’s funny in a mean way and because we can relate to the characters.

Summary: (courtesy

Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis) hostage. He soon finds that he got more than he bargained for when the couple’s blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they’re driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences before he can be nabbed by the police.

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Friday After Next

We’re fans of the Friday trilogy.  Craig and Day-Day crack us up every time.  There’s something special about seeing two guys who have worse luck than us.

Summary: (from the back of the DVD case)

Craig and Day-Day have finally gotten jobs as mall security guards and moved into their own crib.  When a fake Santa robs their rundown apartment on Christmas Eve, they embark on a comical adventure in an effort to crackdown the bandit and retrieve their stolen loot.

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Better off Dead

This is one of John Cusack’s best movies. It’s a romantic comedy, but there’s plenty of dark humor.

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After his girlfriend ditches him for a boorish ski jock, Lane (John Cusak) decides that suicide is the only answer. However, his increasingly inept attempts bring him only more agony and embarrassment. Filled with the wildest teen nightmares, a family you can’t help but identify with and a host of wonderful comic characters, Savage Steve Holland’s writing/directorial debut is a masterful look at those painfully funny teen years.

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Trading Places (1983)

Forget The Nutty Professor. This is Eddie Murphy at his comic best.

Summary: (courtesy IMDB)

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

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Eyes Wide Shut

This is not exactly about Christmas, but it takes place at Christmas. This is Stanley Kubrick’s final film, and the cinematography is beautiful. Plus, “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” by Chris Isaac is part of the soundtrack.

Summary: (courtesy IMDB)

A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

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