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Top 3 Christmas Movies for Grown-Ups

posted by: High Level Hotels on: December 24, 2013 8:02:19 PM
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
You could hear Christmas music by Alison Kraus
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
And the grown-ups were craving a laugh or a scare
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
It’s time to uncork a nice bottle of red…

It’s a typical Christmas Eve scenario: the kids have gone to bed and mom and dad have the opportunity to relax and watch a movie. A nice Christmas movie, perhaps. But, by now, they’re both sick of the sentimental schmaltz that most Christmas classics offer up. They want something a little more edgy. Something that will appeal to their more mature sensibilities.

If you find yourself in this predicament, here’s a list of our favourite adult-oriented Christmas movies, best to put on once the kids are safely tucked away in bed (dreaming of sugar plums, apparently).

The Ref (1994)

Kidnapping and martial dysfunction, the two central elements of this dark comedy starring Kevin Spacey and Dennis Leary, aren't exactly typical Christmas themes--but this is far from a typical Christmas movie. Leary’s brash, in-your face humour takes centre stage in the story of a burglar who unwittingly assumes the role of marriage counsellor after he kidnaps a quarrelling couple on Christmas Eve.

Bad Santa (2003)

You’ll never look at a shopping mall St. Nick the same after you see this wildly irreverent and raunchy story of a foul-mouthed, criminally inclined Santa-for-hire played by Billy Bob Thornton.

Black Christmas (1974)

A Canadian horror classic, Black Christmas might not be quite as a scary by today’s standards as it was when released, but it’s still a delightfully campy assault on sugar-coated Christmas flicks, complete with all the trappings of the slasher movie genre that it helped pioneer.

Do you have another favourite Christmas movie?  We'd love to hear.  From all of us at High Level Hotels, happy holidays!