Christmas and travel. What a wonderful combo! I'm being facetious of course. Holiday travel is a notorious clusterfuck. But cards on the table? This Jewish girl friggin' LOVES Christmas (happy Hanukkah, by the way). And of course I love travel. "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my favorite movies. Could it be because George Bailey wants to travel the world but gets stuck in Bedford Falls and I maybe kinda sorta identify with that? Perhaps.
So I love Christmas movies, and although most are not specifically travel themed, the settings in many of them often make me want to travel. For instance...
LOVE ACTUALLY: LONDON
First, I'd just like to point out that this movie poster boasts "Very comedy," and this was YEARS before doge came of age. Such prescient. Anyway. One of the greatest dilemmas of being me is that I am a feminist who loves rap. Very hypocrite. Similarly, I am a feminist who loves "Love Actually." Like LOVES it. It's definitely one of my top five. Not top five Christmas movies -- top five of ALL movies. It's funny as hell, touching in places, and probably I am about to wear out my copy. So what if all the men fall in love with women they don't actually ever speak to? So what if Kiera Knightley is wearing clothes that make me think she should also be wearing a Tamagotchi around her neck? It's my fav, and it is SO London. Plus, like all of the actors have gone on to do big things. And Emma Thompson. Always Emma Thompson. Much British.
ELF: NEW YORK CITY
I have to say, I am one of a rare breed that doesn't actually like Will Ferrell or any of his movies. And when I say "rare breed," this group basically just includes me and my crotchety dad. But really, I find Ferrell just so annoying. And, as Jen pointed out when I was expressing this to her yesterday, he basically spends the entirety of "Elf" yelling. Look, I want to like "Elf," but I just don't. That said, EVERYONE ELSE does. And it's very New York, nothing is better than New York at Christmas time (not really true, but let's go with it), and my girl crush Zooey Deschanel is in it.
THE HOLIDAY: LOS ANGELES + ENGLAND
It's well established that I love old people movies. "Something's Gotta Give" is one of my favorites, and Nancy Meyers, who did "Something's Gotta Give," also wrote and produced "The Holiday." The premise is this -- Kate Winslet's character gets screwed over by a guy, and Cameron Diaz's character gets screwed over by a guy, and they do a home exchange during the holidays. Kate goes to Los Angeles, and Cameron goes to England. It's funny and cute, and what can I say? I'm a basic bitch who loves rom coms and Jude Law. Yum.
WHITE CHRISTMAS: VERMONT
Not having ever seen "White Christmas," I sat down to watch it last year, and like "Elf," I must admit, it's not my favorite, though it is a classic. Basically, two musically inclined sisters end up at a ski lodge in Vermont along with two musically inclined former army buddies, there is no snow to be seen in Vermont, hijinks ensue, and everyone falls in love. Or something like that. I don't really remember. But you know, it's cheesy, white Christmas, makes me want to go skiing, etc.
HOME ALONE: PARIS + CHICAGO
I haven't actually seen this movie since it came out in 1990, but it's also a holiday classic and reminds me of my childhood. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, gets accidentally left behind at home while his hassled family heads off for Paris for the holidays. While at home, he outsmarts a couple of dumbass would-be burglars, and of course, hilarity ensues. My dad randomly watched it while channel surfing the other day and assures me that yes, it is actually as funny as I remember it being.
What are your favorite holiday flicks? I know I'm not alone in my love for "Love Actually," and so I leave you with this solid gem from Prime Minister Hugh Grant.