Hallelujah! Finals are over!
College students around the country are heading home to enjoy the holidays. Many families have a tradition to watch holiday movies together, and to laugh, cry, and delight in each others company. Some holiday movies are great for kids and families, and others are more appropriate for the college-age demographic. So which movies are most loved by college students? Pop up some popcorn, pour a cup of eggnog, and check out our list of essential Christmas movies for college students.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Who doesn’t love the Griswold family? With Clark’s bad luck, obnoxious house guests, Christmas light malfunctions, and sledding with industrial lubricant, it’s a great movie for college students because they are in the transition period between childhood and adulthood, and can relate to the situations of both the kids and parents.
Buddy may be in an adult body, but he’s true to his inner elf. He’s an orphan who has been raised at the North Pole, and comes back to the US in search of his birth father (who is on Santa’s “naughty” list). Will Farrell’s performance does not disappoint, with his naive and silly quips like “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” and “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing lout for all to hear”.
Better Off Dead
“Do you have Christmas in France? CHRIST-MAS?!?” How many parents decided to give their teens gift-wrapped TV dinners and aardvark fur hoodies for Christmas after this movie? Although Better Off Dead takes place in high school, it’s been a tradition since college to watch it each year at Christmas.
A Christmas Story
The movie revolves around the memories of 9-year old Ralphie, but is narrated by his adult self. It’s a reflection of a simpler time when the most important thing in the world was getting the BB gun you wanted for Christmas, not all the other worries and stresses of adulthood. Plus, every time you see that leg lamp, does it make you want to put one in the window of your dorm room?
A modern version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooged follows the story of Frank Cross, who runs a TV station. Even though he doesn’t feel the Christmas spirit, he plans a live adaptation of the story A Christmas Carol for TV. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future move him in strange and hilarious ways.