Film critic Alonso Duralde, author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, shared his list of the ‘Top 10 Movies That Definitely Aren’t for Kids.’ His book features more Christmas movie lists including: comedies, tearjerkers, the worst, the classics, and more. Check out the list below.
Sure, Christmas is a time of joy for children of all ages, but that doesn’t mean that grown-ups can’t have the cinematic equivalent of a spiked egg nog. After you’ve packed the little ones off to bed, enjoy these movies, from the hilarious to the horrifying, that are aimed at adult audiences.
1. “The Ref” (1994):
Cat burglar Denis Leary is forced to play marriage counselor to bickering spouses Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis in this pungently hilarious farce.
Long before he was McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey played a horny college student bewitched by three sisters (played by Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley and Ashley Greenfield) in an early Sundance hit that’s still underappreciated (and still sexy).
3. “The Silent Partner” (1978)
Bank teller Elliott Gould and robber Christopher Plummer play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse; this twisty thriller was an early success for the late Curtis Hanson, who scripted.
4. “Metropolitan” (1990)
Writer-director Whit Stillman scored a dynamite debut — and made a low-budget indie look great by shooting in holiday-decorated Manhattan — with this smart and sprightly tale of young debutantes in love.
5. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005)
One of Robert Downey’s best pre-Marvel roles was as a struggling actor caught up in a Christmastime conspiracy, trading quips with scene-stealers Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan.
6. “Go” (1999):
Writer John August and director Doug Liman keep the twists and the wisecracks coming in this ensemble piece about young L.A. types chasing down ecstasy. The cast is full of before-they-were-famous folks.
Check out the full list here.
Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas will point you and your rental queue in the right direction. Whether your idea of a holiday classic is White Christmas, Bad Santa, Die Hard, Eyes Wide Shut, or Gremlins, you’ll find the right film for you. And get ready to encounter movies you may never have heard of from the gritty noir Christmas Holiday to the loony Santa Claus, Plot synopses, video availability, and fun facts make this a stocking stuffed with information you’ll turn to every Christmas season.