My wife and I (and her parents) tend to watch a lot of Christmas movies this time of year. Here are my rankings of those we got to this year:
Especially considering the two sequels, not very good. Pretty unconvincing and to-be-expected storylines, both about Santa Claus and saving the biscuit factory. The humor wasn’t great either, but this was probably made worse by watching a dub.
Family Freaky Friday, but not as good. Tenuous connection to Christmas. Lots of writing that had the appearance of jokes.
Pretty good Christmas romantic comedy. The writing and acting were quite good in general, and the characters had more dimension than most rom-coms, especially Josh.
Pretty standard Hallmark-style Christmas romantic comedy, meaning not much comedy and a stretched connection to Christmas (who has a real estate deadline on Christmas Eve?). The son of a fancy wine company has to sneak around a small town to get inside info on buying the vineyard. Falls in love with a sexy local wine lady, and has to reveal his lies. Some gratuitous shirtless abs, and way too public sexy dancing.
A slight deviation from the standard format, an aging pop star surprises a fan for the holidays, falls in love with the dad, and writes a hit Christmas song with him. Not terrible, but not one I need to watch again.
This one was a wild ride. A neighborhood’s Christmas decoration contest escalates dramatically. This one was laugh-out-loud funny and I found the animation for the figurines quite effective.