When I think of Christmas movies, I generally remember the good and forget the bad. But there have been some movies that are so bad that I cannot forget them. They are permanently embedded in my mind. This is my list of the bad Christmas movies.
THE GRINCH (2000) Starring Jim Carrey – As lovable as the 1966 Dr. Seuss animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is, this version fails to hit the mark. It is over-the-top stupid and fails to tug at your heart strings. In the 1966 version, Cindy Lou is adorable and makes you want to pick her up and take her home. The original Grinch is mean, but Jim Carrey’s version makes him a pervert, and as a parent, I was cringing in my seat watching it. There are moments as a parent that I think, “Will my children grow up hating me because of what I let them watch?” This was one of those occasions. It was also one of the moments I have wondered why Hollywood tried to mess with a classic.
Our family has taken a train ride on “The Polar Express” complete with hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, and a visit from Santa. Unfortunately, the train ride was as disappointing as the movie, but I watch this movie each year because I have a son who happens to love it. I have tried to like it, and I do enjoy the book. However, every time I watch it, I wonder about the creepy man on the top of the train, and the equally creepy passengers on the train. If this movie was live-action, it may have been better. I know that people love this movie, but I would never call it a classic. After my son grows up, I don’t think he will be asking to watch it every Christmas. Although, I do wonder if my grandchildren will want to watch it. Perhaps the DVD can be conveniently “lost” before that happens.