The various gift-giving days of different faiths are coming up. OK, that’s mostly Christmas, but let’s just roll with it. There’s enough mindless consumerism for everybody.
But you might need something to do, so here’s a guide to finding a good Christmas movie.
OK, there are three basic steps.
Step One: Is the movie set around Christmas, and is that an important plot point? If the answer is yes, then you can move on to step two.
Step Two: Does the movie end with a heartwarming moment of a family coming together, particularly one that had been estranged prior to that moment but has managed to heal thanks to the Magic of Christmas? If yes, move on to step three.
Step Three: Is the movie filled with reminders of the season? This can be things like decorated trees, wrapped gifts, some holy guy saying “ho ho ho,” or just a lot of Christmas music playing in the background, the sort of stuff that fills the viewer with Christmas cheer.
If the answer is yes, you have a Christmas movie.
And now some numbers.
- Moana $18.8 million
- Office Christmas Party $17.5 million
- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them $10.8 million
- Arrival $5.6 million
- Doctor Strange $4.6 million