Come on. You know you want to. You’ll want to watch this movie, where the hope and fear of every child is realized: being left all alone at home (oh the freedom!), but then again, so scary. Thieves attempt to rob the house, but Kevin is wily and resourceful, and he succeeds in fending them off. There are gorgeous shots of New York and Central Park, Joe Pesci, and an adorable Macaulay Culkin. You’ll long for your childhood all over again.
We will confess: while compiling this list, we felt compelled to watch the movie all over again. Twice. It is THAT good. Based on Dr. Seuss’ book, it just feels as warm and comforting as our baby blankets. Jim Carrey is brilliant, Cindy Lou is fun, and the set and costumes are spot on. Best of all, it has memorable lines and oh- so- appropriate lines: “One o'clock, Wallow in self-pity; Four thirty, Stare into the abyss; Five o'clock, solve world hunger; Tell no one; Five thirty, Jazz-ercise; Six thirty, dinner with me. I can't cancel that again! Seven o'clock, wrestle with my self-loathing...”. It describes to a T our exam period schedule.
Watch this, just for Will Farrell if nothing else. Buddy is a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. He discovers that he is not an elf and travels to New York to find his biological father. With our brains preoccupied with dissecting themes and other worthwhile humanities and English test questions, you will no doubt find yourself reflecting on identity, adoption, and love. Still, a very enjoyable film. Perfect for distraction without complete disconnect.
Scott (Tim Allen) makes Santa fall off his roof (not on purpose!), just as Santa is gearing up for the busiest time of year, Christmas eve. Scott is recruited to take his place. A good old fashioned spirit movie, and as a bonus, it is not too taxing for the brain.