2021 Holiday Movies

Holiday season 2021 is upon us and you know what that means. Movies, movies and more movies! As family and friends gather (thank you vaccines!), we can plop down in the comfort of our homes and watch Christmas movies while munching cookies. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of fun holiday movies both current and classic, but there will be no Hallmark movies here. You know the one where Holly Mistletoe, high powered New York lawyer returns to hometown only to discover love with her high school crush. Yeah, not on this list.

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Silent Night (2021)

This is something completely different. Keira Knightly and Matthew Goode star as a couple hosting a Christmas gathering at their home. Underneath all the laughter and wine is a disturbing reality, the planet is facing an environmental apocalypse and the human race might not make it to the New Year. Directed by Camille Griffin, this film debuted to raves at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

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Love Hard (2021)

Nina can’t seem to find a match on dating apps and then suddenly meets the man of her dreams. When he mentions he wishes they could spend Christmas together, Nina impulsively flies out to Lake Placid to meet him, only to discover she’s been catfished! Yes, this romcom is a bit predictable but the strong chemistry between Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O Yang, along with a funny script, is the recipe for a good time.

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Single All the Way (2021)

The rare LGBT-focused holiday offering. Peter (Michael Urie), tired of constantly being asked when he is going to find a husband, pleads with best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to tag along and pretend to be his boyfriend when he heads home for the holidays. But his family has set up a bunch of blind dates in a desperate bid to get Peter married. What will happen?

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Happiest Season (2020)

Basically, the first mainstream LBGT Christmas romcom. Abby is on the verge of asking girlfriend Harper to marry her. Harper suggests she take Abby to meet her family for the holidays. However, Harper then chickens out admitting she never came out to her family. Will the secret stay hidden? Will their relationship survive?

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Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

A hilarious screwball classic! Elizabeth Lane, played by Barbara Stanwyck, is a single New Yorker employed as a food writer. She is famous for her columns where she talks about her life as a perfect housewife creating amazing home cooked meals for her husband and baby on their Connecticut farm. Elizabeth has to keep up the ruse when her publisher asks her to invite a soldier for Christmas dinner. What will happen when he arrives?

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White Christmas (1954)

Another beloved classic. Former WWII soldiers, now a successful song and dance team, Bob (Bing Crosby) and Phil (Danny Kaye) get word their former commander now owns a Vermont inn that is in dire financial straits. They team up with sisters Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera Ellen) to put on a big show to save the hotel, only to find themselves falling in love. The film features several amazing musical productions including the title track written by Irving Berlin (who, ironically, was Jewish).

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Elf (2003)

A sweet funny movie that’s smart, warm and effortlessly charming. Directed by Jon Favereau, it stars Will Ferrell as Buddy who, due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, ends up hitching a ride to the North Pole as an infant and winds up being raised by an adoptive Elf father (Bob Newhart). Adult Buddy then travels to New York City to search for his birth family. The plot is standard and predictable, but the entire movie is elevated due to the charisma of the performances and genuine heart. Two thumbs up.  

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Black Christmas (1974)

And now for something completely different. A Christmas movie that’s not suitable for children. As winter break begins, a group of sorority girls including Jess (Olivia Hussey), Barb (Margot Kidder) and Phyl (Andrea Martin, yes that one) begin receiving obscene phone calls that turn threatening. When sorority sister Claire goes missing and a local girl is found dead, they suspect a serial killer is afoot but are unaware how close the danger is. Directed by Bob Clark, yes the same Bob Clark that directed “A Christmas Story”!

—Cameron Grey Rose

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