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10 Not Family Friendly Holiday Movies

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Sure, who does not love A Christmas Story, Elf, A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street?  These family movies are classics but get such heavy rotation on TV that other holiday-themed movies get marginalized.  Recently we shined a light on the holiday horror movies but this time the spotlight belongs to the overlooked holiday movies that are not ones to watch with your kids.    So over the fields we go, laughing, crying, disturbed and thrilled all the way.

 

 

Stalag 17 (1953)

Comedy/drama about POWs in a German prison camp during WWII trying to survive as well as deal with a potential spy in their midst.  What could ring in the holidays more than internment and war?

 

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Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.  The family get-together for the holidays includes extramarital affairs, drunks, death and ghosts.

 

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Trading Places (1983)

After arguing whether great men are the product of nature of nurture, two super-rich siblings decide to settle the argument by constructing a cruel experiment in social Darwinism. They fire the director of their brokerage and advance a small-time street hustler.  Great example of the capitalist spirit of the giving (and taking away). Starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.

 

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Brazil (1985)

In the dystopian masterpiece, a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy.  A mom is reading a Christmas Carol to her children in her lap and suddenly armed police come crashing in and take her husband after a clerical error was made on a machine by a fly.  Consumerism and totalitarianism unite in true holiday fashion. 

 

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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

With the help of a sleazy private eye, a school teacher with amnesia begins to reconstruct her mysterious past, only to find herself on the run, the target of a CIA assassin.  Having assassin knife skills can make holiday cooking go much faster. Starring Geena Davis and Samuel Jackson and written by Shane Black.

 

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

Three very different cops join together to investigate a brutal multiple murder at a local diner. In following the case, they uncover a layers of deceit and political corruption as they venture through the glamorous and seedy worlds of Tinseltown.  The movie opens up after the real-life events of Bloody Christmas in 1951, when police nearly killed seven men and led to 8 police officers being indicted. 

 

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Stanley Kubrick’s final film follows the exploits of a wealthy married couple (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman) who get involved in a secret society that practices anonymous sex.  Christmas trees and lights are prominent in almost every shot as the movie explores themes of adultery, prostitution, and drugs.  Make sure you know what is in your eggnog before drinking it!

 

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Go (1999)

Ronna needs to make some extra cash. Simon wants to escape to Vegas for the weekend. Adam and Zack want to stay out of trouble. They’re about to embark on a wild ride that won’t end until the sun comes up.  Timothy Olyphant stars as a drug dealer in a Santa hat and Jane Krakowski’s character takes hostages during a Christmas dinner. Careful of any unexpected guests during your holiday feast!

 

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‘R Xmas (2001)

From the Director of Bad Lieutenant comes a dangerous tale of extortion, drugs and greed. It’s Christmastime in the heart of Manhattan, and a loving couple leads a dual life: doting socialite parents by day, and hard-bargaining heroin dealers by night.  Do you need any other reasons why this title was added?

 

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a breezy take on writer-director Shane Black’s trademark buddy action/comedy oeuvre, a petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.) is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation, along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a detective (Val Kilmer) who has been training him for his upcoming role.  Nothing like losing a finger before the holidays.

 

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