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Monday, November 22, 2010
List of Streaming Christmas Movies on Netflix
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This is what I call an act of love…
Here are all of the Christmas movies I could find on Netflix – don’t hold the awful ones against me, I decided not to make any value judgments about your choice to watch Barney celebrating Christmas – ‘tis the season to love, not mock your child’s awful taste… 12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog - Reviewers say none of the woman's 12 wishes are actually regarding her dog - but if you're wishing to see a lot of B-movie stars from the 1990s - this should be right up your alley! 12 Dates of Christmas - Do you love Christmas and miss Saved by the Bell? Or maybe just one of those two? Come on, this is an ABC Family Christmas movie - if you like one, you like them all. Watch it here before it airs this December! 12 Dogs of Christmas, The - Back in 2005, when this movie came out, I received this DVD for Christmas from my mother. I ended up with the flu that year, and watched this in bed on the portable DVD player my daughter had gotten. This is an adorable Great Depression period piece with cute kids, and dogs. This one is great for all ages. 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue - This is along the lines of the much beloved 12 Dogs of Christmas (one of my favorites), with a completely new cast - but similar plot about rescuing a Dog Orphanage or something. Reviews are very mixed. Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero - Welcome to your classic live-action-puppy-learns-the-true-meaning-of-christmas-thanks-to-a-surprising-supporting-character. Enjoy! All American Christmas Carol - Taryn Manning (with better teeth than she wears when filming Orange is the New Black) is the titular Scrooge character whose bad habits are causing her to have her kids taken away.
All I Want for Christmas - What's the best way to get your divorced parents back together? Why, kidnap Santa, of course. Perhaps this isn't the best movie to show your children if you are currently going through some marriage problems. All I Want for Christmas - Nope, it's not a typo, it's another Christmas movie!! What's the best reason to start dating again? Because your child wants a new father, that's why.
ATM - I just watched this, and was surprised to discover that, while not technically a "Christmas Movie" in the realm of classics like White Christmas and Rudolph - this movie starts out at a big ol' Christmas party, and runs its course through that night. This is an "eh" horror movie. I'm not a huge fan, but since it was Christmastime, I couldn't help but watch the whole thing. Bad Santa - this is one of those movies that is so wrong, that it just works and turns out to be right. This is NOT for children, or for my Mom, if she happens to be reading. It's pretty hilarious and very very very far from the usual saccharine sweet Christmas movie fare.
Bush Christmas - Hmmm - a band of outlaws - Australian siblings - Dad cancels Christmas - color me excited!!!
Call Me Claus - Whoopie Goldberg becoming Santa?? WhatWhatWhat?? That's so crazy, there's a movie about it!!
Casper's Haunted Christmas - poor Casper, that annoyingly friendly ghost has to scare someone before the big day. I'm not even referred to as a friendly ghost, and I would feel bad messing with someone this time of year.
Chasing Christmas - Pondering whether to watch this holiday gem starring Tom Arnold? Perhaps you should take advice from one reviewer: "Chasing Christmas is an uninspired, unfunny pile........Skip it!"
Christmas Angel - Fact: I would love it if all of my Christmas wishes would come true. I would be rocking a size six bod, baking in my oven that would not burn all of my cranberry bread, and not stepping over the messy debris I ignore in my house. Additional Fact: all of my Christmas wishes DON'T come true - but in this movie, they do for Olivia Mead! Christmas Bounty - Let's see - Christmas + former-bounty-hunter-turned-mild-mannered-school-teacher = A REALLY good time!!! Right? Christmas Crush - AKA Holiday High School Reunion - I'm pretty sure I saw a commercial for this on Lifetime, and that's enough for me to want to watch it!
Christmas Cupid – this is a new (2010) made for TV Christmas movie. A woman is haunted by a client who is trying to make her find true love by Christmas. Christmas Kiss, A - Reviewers seem pretty split on this ABC-Family/Lifetime style Chick Flick. A woman who has trouble with her boss, for some reason kisses a random gent on an elevator, only to discover that he is the boss's boyfriend. Christmas on Salvation Street - This new addition has no reviews so far - so my only information is from the synopsis - a Widowed Preacher moves his family to the inner city.
Christmas Town - I've never seen this relatively new made-for-tv looking gem. A single mother visits her father, whose town is "Totally Consumed with Christmas" - my kind of place!
Christmas Wedding, A - A couple have plans to marry, but the arrival of the future in-laws throws a wrench into things.
Christmas with a Capital C - A town has to fight with a lawyer who wants to take any religious references out of their holiday celebrations. Christmas with the Kranks - Did you know this movie is based on the book "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham? Consider yourself educated. I've watched this, and it is a cute little film - a pair of empty nesters try to get out of their annual Christmas decoration extravaganza when their daughter is away for the holiday, only to have to do a mad dash when her schedule changes. I promise - plenty of hijinks will ensue. Cinnamon (Alt Title: My Dog's Christmas Miracle) - I have never seen this - but from what I could gather on Netflix, Wikipedia, and Imdb (do you see what kind of research lengths I go to??) - this is about a dog whose single owner falls for someone - and the dog breaks them up, learns a lesson, then tries to get them together. I can't verify that it's Christmasey, but the alternate title leads me to believe it! Coming Home for Christmas - According to the picture of the video - this movie is presented by Norman Rockwell. Color me surprised. One thing in its favor: the movie is about two estranged sisters headed home for the holidays, and the sisters are played by actual sisters. Country Christmas, A - This film crosses that political line - a nasty politician bans Santa, and some good ol' kids are there to fight for the big guy! Curious George, a Very Monkey Christmas - I do love those cute little Curious George cartoons, along with the Man in the Yellow Hat, it appears the two of them are having a hard time deciding what to give each other for the holiday!
Dear Santa - I believe this is from Hallmark, I know that I saw it in a hotel room last month, and it was just the kind of cheesy, sappy, stuff I enjoy to watch/listen to while doing other things.
Desperately Seeking Santa - Three words: Sexy Santa Contest. I strongly suspect this one was made for TV, as I don't really see the box office draw.
Dreamworks Holiday Classics - while the word "classic" might be pushing it - only time will tell! Four holiday tales involving your favorite (?) Dreamworks' stars - the digital casts of Madagascar, Shrek, and How to Train Your Dragon. Dreamworks Shrek's Swamp Stories - time to join everyone's favorite ogre in some fun holiday theme adventures. Not only does this have Christmas - but Halloween as well!
*Eight Crazy Nights - *Hanukkah* - Adam Sandler's animated alter ego takes a Scrooge-like journey of redemption in this not-for-young-children affair.
Elf Bowling: The Movie - From what I've heard/read - this movie that was developed from an old flash computer game is really not worth watching. Consider yourself warned.
Ernest Saves Christmas - YES, it's stupid - but YES, I really really really love it!!! Hey Vern, who doesn't want to watch a sassy runaway discover the true meaning of Christmas (AKA giving and receiving gifts) via the heartfelt buffoonery of Ernest P. Worrell?
Fanny, Annie & Danny - Several reviewers noted that this is a dark comedy - combine a cup of family dysfunction with a few tablespoons of Holiday reunion, and you get this flick!
From Time to Time - What's better than going to stay at your ancestral home for Christmas? If your Grandmother is Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter (okay, technically, the actress Maggie Smith who played Professor McGonagall). Gift of the Magi, The - This is based on the O. Henry story, which has always been one of my very favorite holiday tales. A lot of holiday TV episodes are based on this story - where each person, in order to give the one they love what they really want, gives up something of their own.
Golden Winter - You guessed it - it's those little golden retrievers again. I wonder when the grown up retrievers are going to show up on Dr. Phil, talking about what it's like to be a former child star.
Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas - This looks like a 2011 Version of a Full House Christmas (not the plot, but the family friendly TV show made movie length silliness), the ratings are actually quite good - I've never seen the show, but I just might have to watch the movie!
Happy Christmas - Here is a Christmas movie starring Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick, and Melanie Lynskey - three of my fave lady actors. Reviews are mixed, but one introduced me to the term "mumblecore." I'll be watching, for the actors alone.
Happy, Happy - A Norwegian black comedy about infidelity at Christmas time. I'm a happy, happy person, so I think this is probably right up my alley.
Happy Naked Christmas - Hmmmm - I'm not really sure what to think of this import. I suppose sometimes Subtitles are a good thing?
Heart of Christmas, The - This movie has been on this list in the past, but was missing from Netflix for a bit. I have heard it's pretty heartbreaking - so watch at your own risk! A couple's young son is diagnosed with cancer. Enough said.
Hercules Saves Christmas – I’m getting more and more excited about watching this (incredibly ridiculous sounding) movie as I type the description. When you think Christmas what comes to mind: Presents? Jesus’ birth? A talking dog whose job it is to write Santa’s “nice list,” and has the ability to act as an orphan boy’s lawyer? If your answer was number three – I promise you’ll love this movie!
Holiday Engagement - This one reminds me of 'The Wedding Date' (with Debra Messing - you probably didn't see it, I think I'm one of the only people who did), except it's Christmas!!! This is fluffy Christmas made for TV magic at its best/worst (is there really a difference). I can't wait to watch it!
Holiday in Handcuffs – Poor Trudie – she has terrible hair, an awful job, and now she’s kidnapped a man to make him pose as her boyfriend for her terrible family Christmas. This movie puts the Fun back in Felony! Holidaze - this appears to be one of many versions of "The Family Man" (one of my fave Nic Cage films) starring Jenny Garth as the corporate executive who learns the true meaning of Christmas or Family, or something like that.
How About You - A younger sister takes care of a retirement home in Ireland or something - check it out - on the cover she looks REALLY excited
How the Toys Saved Christmas - This is another inexpensive animated Christmas movie. This movie, however, has a couple of things the rest don't: Mary Tyler Moore and Tony Randall!
I Am Santa Claus - This is a documentary following professional Santas. I watched a similar movie a couple of years ago, and it was wonderful - this certainly looks worth a look!
I'll be Home for Christmas - I remember back in 1999, my daughter's Daycare seemed to have this movie on the VCR (yep, that's right - cassette time) running pretty much every time I went to pick her up or drop her off. This stars the formerly (maybe currently?) adorable Jonathan Taylor Thomas
In Search of Santa – Penguin princesses go in search of Santa! Wrong pole, sillies!! Journey to the Christmas Star - Something about the cover of this reminds me of "the Golden Compass" (most likely a girl riding a bear). This is a Norwegian movie, that, from reviews, was poorly dubbed, but is a really lovely story. I plan to catch it at some point, and will fill this out a bit more with some facts!
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday - Here is one of those newer "holiday" movies; it's winter, it's a special, meaningful holiday, etc. etc. etc. In this new arrival, Po has to deal with some wackiness, and then learn the meaning of Chris- Oops - I mean - the meaning of "Winter Feast."
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas - Three cute Disney cartoons: Mickey & Minnie play out one of my favorite O. Henry stories: Gift of the Magi; Donald's three wacky nephews play out a Christmas version of the movie Groundhog Day; and Goofy and his son Max figure out that Santa is real. *Most disturbing part: when all of the ducks at the table get excited about eating a beautifully roast turkey.
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas - I am imagining this to be the sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. According to Netflix's description it's a holiday battle between Mickey and Minnie and that mean ol' Scrooge McDuck.
Midnight Clear - Stephen Baldwin? Hmm. Despair? Hmmmm. I'm not sure about this - seems a bit dark (and not the fun, scary kind, but the sad, I can't get out of bed for months kind).
Mistle-Tones, The - Time for a Christmas Sing-Off! I think the most exciting thing about this movie would be its cast: Tia Mowry and Tori Spelling? Yes, Please!
Mumfie's White Christmas - I've never heard of Mumfie - but it appears she (or maybe he?) was an adorable animated elephant in the mid-1990s. I do know you won't be disappointed if you watch the Naughty Reindeer!!!
Muppet Christmas Carol, The - Oh, Thank You, Netflix!!! This is an absolutely lovely version of the story. If you haven't seen this before - PLEASE take an hour and a half and sit down in front of your laptop or TV, it is worth it - I'm fighting the urge to pop out and whip up some wassail as I type this!
My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas - These are the middle age ponies (from 2005 - they're updated from the mid-1980s ponies I knew, and prior to the new ponies that have inspired the Bronies movement). I think there could be some very valuable nostalgia.
Nativity 2 - This is a sequel to the super fun movie Nativity! The reviews are good - but the MOST important part is that it's starring David Tennant, aka The Tenth Doctor!!
Nightmare Before Christmas, The - This is one of my absolute favorites (my daughter's numero uno) - This fantastic Tim Burton movie is the story of Jack Skellington, whose intentions are good, but efforts to take over Christmas are just awful. I am so excited to see this available on Netflix!!
Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble - This looks pretty cute - a reindeer has to accept his mom's new boyfriend and his new stepbrother (so would that be mom's new boyfriend or new husband?). One ridiculous reviewer was horrified by the idea of a divorced parent getting remarried; so if you like this, make sure to leave a positive review.
Not So Silent Night, A - Documentary of a gathering for a holiday concert in New York City. Reviews are mixed, but if you like musicians like Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, and Rufus Wainwright, I'd recommend checking it out.
Nuttiest Nutcracker - Back in 2002-2003, this was one of my daughter's favorite movies. Not just favorite Christmas movies - she loved to watch it CONSTANTLY. Because of this overexposure on my part, I can't give you a fair and balanced assessment.
One Magic Christmas - Here is a previously unknown (to me) movie from 1985 about a stressed out Mama experiencing some sort of Christmas miracle. I have to say - the cast honestly has me intrigued - Mary Steenburgen, Henry Dean Stanton, and a very young Sarah Polley.
Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever - I admit that the Power Rangers have never really grown on me. I will also admit that I sat through countless hours of them when I was a babysitter to a family with four young sons. I might even sit through them for 23 more minutes to see this special!
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The – If you’ve not had the opportunity to see these incredible women perform in person – I think you should jump at any chance you’re afforded (we saw them for the first time last winter in Boston – they are AMAZING). Luckily for everyone, those who have, and haven’t seen the Rockettes perform – you can watch the show on your TV or computer – seriously – this is awesome stuff!!
Russell Peters Christmas, A - This 2011 movie was filmed in the style of a 1970s variety show. Guests range from Michael Buble to Pamela Anderson. I've not seen it, so I'm hoping someone will be able to give me a good review.
Saint Nick - this is a super evil looking (and, by all reports horribly dubbed) horror movie - not a pleasant tale of our favorite Catholic saint!
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe – Santa’s daughter (Jenny McCarthy) is tapped by her old pops to take over the family business, but is torn between her awesome life in NYC and making millions of children happy.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – It sounds like the martians are fed up with kids being so into Santa so they get the idea of kidnapping him (and a couple of kids) and bringing them back to Mars. Saving Santa - I've never seen this little digitally animated gem, but the reviews are pretty great - it turns out, you'll find out how Santa delivers all those presents! Scrooged - Hooray! One of my favorite Bill Murray movies ever - he plays a modern (in 1988) version of Ebenezer Scrooge, every bit of this movie is spot-on funny and just enough heart warming!
Search for Santa Paws, The - If you liked Santa Buddies, you definitely want to watch this prequel! If your children like Santa Buddies, and you need an hour and a half to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine, then they definitely need to watch this! Secret World of Santa, The - This was a late-1990s French Television Show - there are 26 episodes that have been dubbed into English. Small Town Santa - If you live in a small town, and arrest an intruder claiming to be Santa, be warned: you are about to get a full-size-sample of the Christmas Spirit!
Snow – I actually own this ABC Family made for TV gem. Santa’s reindeer go through a magic portal and end up being stuck in a zoo. Ready for some romance between Santa and a lovely zoo keeper? Me too!
Snow 2: Brain Freeze – uh oh! Something happened to Santa and he’s lost his memory of his wife (who just might be a certain zoo keeper). What will they do??
Snowglobe – another ABC Family made for TV beauty – a woman discovers that she can go into her Christmas Snowglobe, and it’s totally awesome. Swan Princess Christmas, The - It's time to take Swan Lake into a whole extra Christmasey setting. I haven't seen it yet, and I can't promise I will - maybe someone else can, and can give me a review. Switchmas - this adorable little flick is the tale of two young boys - one is Jewish, the other is Christian - and they switch places to see how the other's holiday is celebrated. Tangerine Bear, Home in Time For Christmas, The - How sad would you be if your mouth had been sewn on upside down in a frown? Well, you might not actually be sad - but everyone would think you were due to your frown.
What She Wants for Christmas - I haven't seen this - but the description doesn't raise my hopes - a story of a girl who decides to hold Santa hostage when she doesn't get what she wants. I can only hope she's taught a heartening message of the meaning of the season, or something like that.
While You Were Sleeping - I have absolutely loved this movie since the first time I saw it. It made me fall in love with Sandra Bullock, and made me able to tolerate Bill Pullman. The plot is farfetched, but adorable.
White Christmas - Quite possibly the greatest movie ever made. Fact: my sister and I can perform the "Sisters" routine in its entirety, and sing the song together on a regular basis. If you've never seen it - watch it! If you've already seen it, why aren't you watching it again??? Winnie the Pooh, A Very Merry Pooh Year - We already know Pooh's not the brightest bulb on the tree, but we want to watch him have fun adventures during the holiday season anyway!
Yes, Virginia – this is an adorable animated version of the true story of a little girl who wrote to the newspaper asking if Santa was real because "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." I’m really excited about this new addition to the Netflix streaming Christmas library!