By Alexandra Gordon
Home for the Holidays
Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) has to face Thanksgiving with the family after losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss and finding out that her daughter (Claire Danes) plans to spend the holiday with her boyfriend and lose her virginity. Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr. and Dylan McDermott round out the hilarious cast of this classic dark comedy.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Travel during the holidays is not easy as Steve Martin proves. He’ll do whatever it takes to get home even if that means taking on an obnoxious salesman, played by John Candy as a travel companion. How can you go wrong with two of the funniest men in recent history?
Does watching the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) get the crap kicked out of them ever get tiring? Of course not, especially when pre divorce and still cute, Macaulay Culkin is doing the kicking.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Christmas is an inevitable disaster when the Griswolds are involved. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo star in this classic holiday comedy that demonstrates the importance of family, even when cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) stands in the street with a hose and says, in his underwear, “the shitter’s full.”
Nothing need be said about this classic, starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis. Louis Winthorpe III and Billy Ray Valentine switch places after a bet made by callous millionaires, the Duke brothers.
Bill Murray is at his best as Francis Xavier Cross, a cynical television executive in need of a merry kick in the ass. Watch out for Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Past; she is the funniest of all.