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Top five holiday movies

December 15, 2008|By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent

It's that time of year again, and we're all obligated to watch some holiday-oriented movies, so here's my top five.

5."Christmas with the Kranks" (PG), released in 2004. This Christmas comedy is about the Krank family, who is fed up with the holidays. When their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) leaves to join the Peace Corps, her parents Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to skip the holiday altogether and go on a cruise. But when their daughter calls at the last minute announcing she's engaged and wants to come back home for the holidays, Luther and Nora have to abandon their cruise and prepare a Christmas party in 12 hours.

4. "A Christmas Story" (PG), released in 1983. This classic takes place in the 1940s when a young boy, Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is struggling with bullies, a grouchy dad (Darren McGavin), and an annoying little brother (Ian Petrella). But when Christmas time comes around there is only one thing that Ralphie wants: a Red Ryder BB gun. The only problem is, everyone thinks he'll shoot his eye out with it.

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3. "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All" (NR), released in 2008. This hilarious made -for-TV movie takes place in a cabin at Christmas time, where TV host Stephen Colbert is preparing to do a Christmas special. But as he opens the door to leave, a bear blocks the entrance! Now Stephen is trapped in his cabin with only hours before his special starts, but some interesting individuals visit and try to help him out including Leslie Feist, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, John Legend and Elvis Costello.

2. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (PG-13), released in 1989. The Griswold family is back for the holidays! They are planning a big get-together with family at their house for Christmas, but if you've seen any other Griswold movies, you'll know it isn't going to work out as planned. Clark (Chevy Chase) is especially excited this Christmas because his boss is supposed to reward him and his co-workers with a big bonus that he's going to use to get a pool. The only problem is, he's a Griswold.

1. "Elf" (PG), released in 2003. This hilarious movie takes place in an orphanage, where young "Buddy" (Will Ferrell) is sound asleep in his crib on Christmas night. But when Santa pops down the chimney, Buddy wakes up and crawls into Santa's sack. When they arrive back at the North Pole and Santa and his Elves discover Buddy, and they have no choice but to keep him and raise him as an elf. Some time later when Buddy is grown up he decides to search for his real father (James Caan) and leaves all he knows to go to New York.

Have fun with these holiday movies, and Merry Christmas.

Ryan Barry is a ninth-grade homeschooler living in Boonsboro. He enjoys watching movies of all kinds.

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