Short Film Ratings (Underrated Christmas Films)
Here is a small selection of some Christmas films that go under the radar, rather than the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and Die Hard. The following films are by no means classics, but are full of laughter, heart and outrageous antics: Family Man, Nativity!, Jack Frost, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Just Friends.
Are there any other underrated Christmas films that you think deserve more credit?
Family Man ★★★★☆
IMDb Rating | 6.7
Humpo Show Christmas Rating | 7.8
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven
Plot Summary: A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife. (IMDb)
This is a heart-warming and sentimental film with a superb cast and is very well written.
Nic Cage plays the role excellently well – he actually makes us believe that he really has had his life turned upside down. I particularly liked his dancing in the restaurant and his rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
Delivery and humour is dry and wonderful. His reactions to new information is impeccable!
IMDb Rating | 6.5
Humpo Show Christmas Rating | 7.7
Starring: Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Ashley Jensen, Pam Ferris, Alan Carr, Ricky Tomlinson
Plot Summary: An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play. (IMDb)
A feel-good film that is a simple and easy-to-watch. Perfect for family viewing.
The established British actors all do a good job, but the kids steal the show. The final scene is joyous and wonderful.
This film proves that a director doesn’t need a huge budget to put together a film that is a joy to watch for children and adults alike!
IMDb Rating | 5.3
Humpo Show Christmas Rating | 6.8
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jospeh Cross, Kelly Preston and Mark Addy
Plot Summary: A father who can’t keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever. (IMDb)
A nice holiday flick with a good cast with the film delivering a heart-warming message.
The effects won’t be up to people’s expectations but I think we can let that slide, given it’s a Christmas film.
There are some lovely moments, and the cast do very well with the script they were given.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
IMDb Rating | 6.3
Humpo Show Christmas Rating | 6.9
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Trejo, Danneel Harris
Plot Summary: Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree. (IMDb)
The crudest and least family-friendly Christmas film on the list.
The situations, comedy and characters are so over the top and silly that you can’t help but laugh.
Neil Patrick Harris’ character is outrageous and he has some belly-laugh lines that are borderline offensive (beware!).
IMDb Rating | 6.2
Humpo Show Christmas Rating | 6.8
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Christopher Marquette and Julie Hagerty
Plot Summary: While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with — a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer. (IMDb)
A story about a guy who used to be fat and in the ‘friend zone’ who returns to his hometown as a successful record producer and attempts to ‘get with’ the girl he used to love.
The storyline wasn’t very strong, but there are many moments of hilarity, hijinks and slapstick that produced lots of laughs.
Ryan Reynolds produces a performance akin to ones he gives as Van Wilder in the National Lampoon set of films.
The Humpo Show | Richard