10 Movies That Capture The Craziness Of The Holiday Season

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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Even if you try to keep it simple by just celebrating Christmas at home with family things can still get crazy and go wrong. This is definitely a fact for Clark (Chevy Chase) and his family. After having a crazy vacation they try to safely stay home and celebrate, but even that doesn’t seem so safe!
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The Family Stone
The Family Stone
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Have you experienced meeting the family during the holidays? Well this movie is going to give you flash blacks! Sarah Jessica Parker plays Meredith Morton, an uptight woman who goes with her boyfriend, Everett (Dermont Mulroney) home to his family for Christmas. It’s her first time meeting them and she learns that she stands out like a sore thumb.
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This Christmas
This Christmas
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People with big families would definitely relate to this. This Christmas follows a single mother preparing to have four of her five children home for Christmas. Many of them are older and living their own lives, but once they come back home they are forced to confront any left over feelings they have been putting off. Don’t be misled however, this is definitely a feel good comedy.
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Four Christmases
Four Christmases
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Are you a Christmas party floater? Then this movie will get you! Some people can’t just go to one place to celebrate Christmas. For Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) they have FOUR of them thanks to having divorced parents.
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Home For The Holidays
Home For The Holidays
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Everyone dreads going back home when they're down and out. This is mostly because you have to either dodge many probing questions, or just lie altogether about your situation. Well this movie follows Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) going home for Thanksgiving after losing her job and having her daughter tell her that she will spend the holiday elsewhere. Sounds like a good time!
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Cold Turkey
Cold Turkey
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Everyone has a black sheep in the family, and when that black sheep comes home for the holidays it can throw everything off balance. In this movie, an estranged daughter named Nina (Alicia Witt) comes home for Thanksgiving for the first time in 15 years.
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Pieces of April
Pieces of April
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This is another movie that focuses on an estranged daughter reconnecting with family. April (Katie Holmes) lives in a cramped, run down New York apartment, but invites her family including her dying mother over for Thanksgiving.
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Little Fockers
Little Fockers
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Relationships with the in-laws are complicated and can continue to be years into your marriage. This is definitely the case for Greg (Ben Stiller) who has been married to his wife for 10 years and has 2 kids, yet his father-in-law (Robert De Niro) isn't sure that he can one day be the patriarch of the family. This makes celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah together very interesting.
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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Most of us have experienced traveling during the holiday season, and how often things go wrong while doing it. Well in this comedy, Neal (Steve Martin) and Del (John Candy) cross paths while trying to get to their destinations for Thanksgiving and decided that partnering up to get to where they need to be will make things easier. They funnily get sidetracked in almost every way possible.
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Christmas With The Kranks
Christmas With The Kranks
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Ever thought you were going to have a relaxing holiday (or at least that you were prepared for it), but then you got surprising news that a lot more people are going to show up? Well this movie covers that dilemma. Luther (Tim Allen) and his wife, Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) make the bold plan of not celebrating Christmas at all, but then they are surprised by their daughter who wants to come home at the last minute.

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