It’s a holiday tradition. Watching your favorite Christmas movies, often year after year. Or maybe your tradition is to always see the latest film as soon as it comes out. Because of the whole not- getting- out- much thing that I have going on, I am usually participating in the first option. This year I had the idea to get more traffic to my blog by doing a review for my Christmas movies post I had planned, in addition to a list of favorites (after review in this post). There was a comedy opening that I wanted to see, so combining business with pleasure was a genius idea. Except the part where I pay for a babysitter in addition to the movie. Ugh. So at the last minute I asked my best friend Ang if she had any plans for Friday night. For the second time in the last 8 years since having kids, we ventured out alone.
We went to a local brew & view. Yes, I thought they might be serving coffee (remember the part where I don’t get out much?), but I didn’t stomp off mad when I found out it meant alcohol. Just so you don’t think my judgement was blurred at all (Viewing Under Intoxication?) I sipped one glass of wine throughout the whole movie. 🙂
Here’s the background info:
Office Christmas Party
Directed by Josh Gordon & Will Speck
Cast: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, TJ MIller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park
Plot: I’m going to keep this very brief. A company left to siblings is threatened to be shut down, or at least have lay-offs and no Christmas bonuses, by the sister (Aniston). The brother running the branch (Miller) decides to woo a big client to save them by inviting him to their office Christmas party (which Aniston has cancelled), hoping to show the company as a close-knit, fun family. The bulk of the movie is about the crazy party, and will they succeed in saving the branch.
Is it good?: So I formed my opinion of it, happy to tell you all what I think. Since I’ve never reviewed before, I thought I’d take a look at a few others to see what they included. Then I decided, screw it, I’ll do it my way. I was surprised at some of the other reviews, though. When did we get where we can’t just laugh at a movie instead of analyzing the complexity of each joke? Here’s the thing. The movie was funny. Funny. Maybe not the funny where there are jokes that make you laugh so hard you cry, but funny where you laugh throughout the movie. A lot. Along with me, people were laughing. You got to recognize the distinct sounds of different people’s laughter – kind of getting to know them by what kind of joke they found the funniest. I think that was a big tell. There were enough hilarious moments to satisfy all different senses of humor (sense of humors? – I think it’s that one). A lot of the jokes were predictable gimmes. But, still funny. The cast is so chock-full of amazing comedic actors, that I don’t know this movie could’ve been a flop for me. Some reviews complained that without the actors, if it only relied on the jokes, that it wouldn’t have been funny. So. What. Who cares how it happens if you’re enjoying it?
Like I mentioned, there were predictable moments, including the basic storyline. We’ve all seen some version of it many times before. There was the slightest bit of action, if you need that. A little will they/won’t they romance. And, I will admit, a couple of scenes where 10 seconds could’ve been cut out because unoffendable me thought “Did we really need to see that? While snacking?” But overall, I left saying we will buy it when available, and I will recommend it to anyone who needs to forget life for a moment and just laugh. If you’re a mom like me, you’ll also really appreciate the mini-van references. 🙂
I’m going to give it 29 stars out of 30, since I own this bitch and can make up my own rating system. Those stars are given purely based on not being an asshole who has to over-analyze a frickin comedy. I laughed a lot. Go see it. (Just don’t take your kids).
So now let’s get to a list of Christmas movies that are favorites. In no particular order, let’s throw out some movies we want to see every year. Clicking on any movie or title will take you to more info on each, and also buying options if interested. (I am a part of Amazon’s Affiliate program.) I would love to see what you have to add. If you’ve seen my other movie and music posts, I do this crap off the top of my head and do end up leaving some out. I love for readers to fill it in!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (I have to list both!)
Rudolph, Frosty, Drummer Boy,etc. (You can find these classics bundled as one!)
Tell me your favorites!
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