From ho-ho-ho to no-no-no.
We here are E! love the holidays. The time spent with family. The seasonal beverages. The twinkle lights. The food. And, of course, the Christmas movies. There’s nothing we love more than a cozy Sunday evening spent watching Hallmark’s latest cheesy but irresistible TV movie with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. (We have the evidence: We ranked all of 2020’s offerings. Yes, all 39 of them.)
But while we love us a cheery Christmas offering, that doesn’t mean we don’t have standards; we can spot the difference between a gift of a Christmas movie (think classics like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation and Elf, as well as a relative newcomer like Netflix’s charming Let It Snow) and a lump of coal that leaves us colder than the frigid temps outside.
Not every seasonal outing can go on to become an annual event like Love Actually or The Santa Clause, with some destined to end up at the tail-end of Netflix’s Christmas suggestions scroll.
So which Christmas films over the years have failed to become classics—rather becoming go-to examples of the holidays gone very wrong?
(Originally published Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at 12 p.m. PST)