The subject of holiday movies is something that every film fan seems passionate about. It’s easy to understand why. Watching movies like A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas as much a part of people’s Yuletide traditions as trimming the tree or having a mini nervous breakdown over not having enough time to do all the shopping that you still need to do.
But that doesn’t mean that taste in Christmas movies is, nor does it have to be, the same as everyone else around you. Just as some people prefer Scrooged over A Christmas Carol (and vice versa), your mileage may vary when it comes to certain holiday movies.
So what I’d like you to do for this latest Open Thread is to tell me about what holiday movie you feel are overrated, and the reasons why you feel this way. Is there a Christmas cinematic opus that leaves you feeling colder than Frosty the Snowman in a Blizzard? Do you not care if Ralphie ever gets his Red Ryder gun? Do you think that, yeah, the world would have been a better place if George Bailey were never born? If so, then embrace your inner Scrooge and let us know below. (And if there’s more than one movie you want to rant about, feel free). There are no wrong answers, and this is a judgment free zone, so let the Christmas complaining commence!
(This article originally ran in 2017 and is being reprinted as part of our 25 Days of Christmas series of posts).