Film and TV

11 Holiday Films That Haven't Been Totally Ruined by the Holidays

Every year Hollywood cranks them out -- saccharine remakes of A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life, with minor plot tweaks and overused actors. They've ruined the dial, filling it with cinema's version of re-gifting. Meanwhile, original movies that were great the first few hundred times play on a never-ending loop until we can't be bothered to care about that leg lamp from France or what happens when that damn bell rings. It's the holidays, over saturated.

Still, there are a few that nail it. These 11 movies provide a needed alternative to the tinsel cliche of those overcooked turkeys.

11.) It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas Special The gang got together a few years back and put together one of the best Christmas specials, ever. We discover why each of them harbors so much holiday angst when their childhood triggers are addressed, but the best of them all is Charlie. It takes a mall Santa to make it happen, but when he finally faces up to his mother's seasonal prostitution, the North Pole by the food court becomes a war zone.

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Jamie Laughlin
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