TITLE BOUT: Offbeat Christmas Comedies!
It’s a Wonderful Life? Sure.
Miracle on 34th Street? Fine.
Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer? Adorable.
But this is the 80s! And TONE IS DOWN WITH THE LADIES! I mean…we like 80’s movies!
Sure, we love the gingersnap sweetness of the old classics, but sometimes we want to see Christmas stuff EXPLODE! We want Christmas trees on fire! We want Mary Lou Retton as Tiny Tim!
But OH NO! You only have 2 hours until your IN-Laws come to take over your whole Christmas!
WHICH ONE WILL IT BE? It’s TIME TO THROW DOWN!! LET’S GET READY TO RUUU……er, watch!
IN THIS CORNERRRRRR: AT A RESPECTABLE 21 YEARS of AGE…. Scrooged! Starring Bill Murray.
Arguably the best of all movies inspired by Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Scrooged takes us through the life of TV Studio tyrant Frank Cross, as he is visited by 3 ghosts that melt his cold lump of a heart …and remind him what Christmas really is.
Pros: Murray is at one of his many comedic peaks; One of the most quotable movies ever; Has moments of extreme emotional depth compared to most comedies of the day
Cons: Extremely dark at times; Specific type of dark humor that grandma might not appreciate
Funny Quotes: “No, you are a hallucination, brought on by alcohol. Russian Vodka, poisoned by Chernobyl.”… “You can barely see them nipples.”… “Did you try staples?”… “Niagra Falls Frankie Angel”… “Towel…TOWEL…most of these are towels.”… “It’s a bone you lucky dog!”
IN THIS CORNERRRRR: WEARING THE RED AND WHITE CAP….. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION starring Chevy Chase
A departure from the previous “Vacation” movies, Christmas Vacation sticks close to home with our favorite dysfunctional family The Griswalds. When we’re introduced the extended family, it’s amazing how normal Clark the gang seem! A great portrait of the modern family that has stood the test of time for over 20 years.
Pros: Perfectly cast, including introduction to Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Gelecki; Chevy shines in his last BIG comedy role; Fun for the whole family; The movie is based on a short story by John Hughes
Cons: Can be candy coated at times, some scenes with Mary Louis Dreyfuss’ character seem a bit forced
Funny Quotes: “Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”… “Merry Christmas, Sh@itter was full!”… “It’s a funny squeaky sound.”… “Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What did I say, nipple?”… “Oh, he’s just yakin’ on a bone…*hack*…He got it up.”
Fun Trivia: This was the last role played by Mae Questal, (old Aunt Bethany) who was the original voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl!
So it’s been 10 rounds, both SNL alums are up against the ropes! What say you people?
OF THESE TWO…WHO IS THE CHAMPION? Explain Yourself!