Each trip film on Netflix you’ll want to watch to finish 2020
With so much time sitting at home and streaming, you’d think we’ve blown every streamable movie option by now. However, since the likelihood that this will happen is next to impossible, it is easy to get caught up in the flood of offerings. For this very reason, with 2020 on our way out (thank god right?) And a more hopeful 2021, we really need to be a little more careful about what we stream. There’s so much out there, from worn classics to brand new wannabe classics, that there’s just no way you can see it all.
With any vacation related chore, the last thing you want is to be left to stream in the cold of the vast world of vacation movies. Especially when it comes to Netflix, which is the most ubiquitous streamer. Whether you’re just celebrating with the family in your home, zooming in, throwing a clock party, or opening your gifts on Google Meet, everyone you “come in” with is broadcasting. Chances are they are vacation movies because that’s what most services are pushing for this time of year. Now, with the help of this curated list, you can keep up to date with “All the Netflix Vacation Movies You Need to Graduate 2020”.
This Netflix original gives anti-romantic comedy a familiar twist. Emma Roberts doesn’t like not having a boyfriend at family events. She hates the questions, the side eye and everything else. She meets a man (Luke Bracey) who doesn’t want anything to do with a relationship and chooses to be a couple … but only for vacation events. Well, these two spend a whole year faking a relationship and what do you know? They realize that maybe it isn’t that bad being together after all. Given the time we all had to spend with the people in our own households, Holidate is the perfect comedy (with lots of romance) at the perfect time.
A bad mother’s Christmas
Bad Moms was given to us first, Amy, Carla and Kiki as three women who were fed up with all the bastards going through. From curious parents to awful teachers to crappy work environments, we’ve seen three women effectively turn their noses and just be themselves. It was liberating and the movie was a huge hit. A Bad Moms Christmas takes that idea and expands it a bit because with the holidays these lively women can’t stand crap from anyone. Take into account that her mother has come on vacation and you have a perfect recipe for disaster!
This offering from Dreamworks is a wonderful story for children that adults are sure to learn a lot from. The story is simple: when Queen Poppy finds out that others don’t have a vacation, she decides to create one for them. Sure, this story is a bit flimsy, but isn’t that what the vacation is all about? Give? Reception? Care about others about us? Trolls Holiday takes these themes and expands them so viewers can see the true meaning of the season. Young and old love the trolls. They appreciate what they represent and what stories they tell. This movie is a nice compliment to any vacation streaming diet.
The Christmas Chronicles
Who doesn’t love Kurt Russell? How could this Netflix original not be any good, given this film comes to us from the teams behind Home Alone and Harry Potter? A brother and sister try to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) to deliver his annual goodies. They end up getting Santa’s sleigh off the rails and now it’s up to Saint Nick to help keep Christmas going for everyone. With Russell playing a Santa Claus who is a bit different from other Santa Clauses, The Christmas Chronicles is the kind of holiday that really turns these types of movies on your ears. Yes, everything works out in the end, but the whole point is everything that was learned along the way.
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
After the hugely successful hit, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two flew on his sleigh to save us from 2020, and not a moment too early. Kurt Russell is back and Sant Claus is back with his wife Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus by his side in another fantastic Christmas adventure that is great for the whole family. In the film, Kate Pierce reluctantly spends Christmas with her mother’s new boyfriend and son Jack. But when the North Pole and Christmas threaten to destroy, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly drawn into a new adventure with Santa Claus. One of the new classic Christmas films not to be missed.
Think of this fun title as being home alone but in a school. A high-minded young girl (Cameron Seely) thinks this is exactly what she needs when the school caretaker (Danny Glover) is kidnapped before the start of the Christmas holidays. What may seem like a crazy idea is actually full of heart, fun, and vacation spirit as we see this overworked 9 year old figure out some very adult problems. With a solid twist from Glover (after Lethal Weapon, who doesn’t like to see him on ALL the Holidays?) And a great performance from Seely, Christmas Break-In is an unsung holiday classic!
Get Santa Claus
While Get Santa isn’t all that different from The Christmas Chronicles, it’s a different story in which Santa Claus smashes his sleigh and Christmas is in danger. In this story, Santa Claus crashes but ends up behind bars. Well the world can’t have that and then two people step forward to get Santa out for the big night! With a solid cast that includes Jim Broadbent and Ewen Bremner, Get Santa is a very good family movie. Directed by Christopher Smith Severance, the story has just enough adult- and kid-friendly humor to make a gift for everyone.
Fireplace for your home: Birchwood Edition
Okay, this hour-long “movie” is probably something Andy Warhol would have liked to have done on some of his films like Empire. The hour-long grave of a movie is a kindred spirit of the very cozy fireplace for your home: Birchwood Edition. The title of this listing says it all. It is a fire that burns on logs in a fireplace. This may sound nerve wracking, but you are not expected to actually sit down and watch this. Rather, like the Warhol films, it is supposed to evoke a spirit and a mood. Laugh if you will, but I am not asking anyone to put this on (even on their cell phones) and not get caught up in the majestic, crackling spirit of this burning fire. This title is clearly one angry dark horse on this list!
This Oscar nominated story is a Netflix-created offering of the highest order. When a not-very-nice postal worker named Jesper makes friends with a toy manufacturer named Klaus, that friendship triggers a series of positive events that ultimately infect an entire, not-so-happy town with kindness. With a voice that includes Jason Schwartzman, JK Simmons, and Rashida Jones, Klaus is a deliciously funny story from Sergio Pablos and Carlos Martinez Lopez. With a stylized animation that enhances the reality of the unreal, Klaus is a vacation film that gives warmth to everyone in the family.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Ron Howard’s interpretation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas has had a very long life since it was released in 2000. This tale of The Grinch trying to steal Whoville Christmas is a well-worn story that continues to this day. Based on the 1957 book, this 20 year old film never seems to get old or lose its luster. And how could it? With a cast led by Jim Carrey in a role he was apparently born to do, watching this movie is almost a pass-through right for the holidays. Everyone has seen this movie and if you haven’t, you know about the story. That alone is enough to make it one of the vacation movies you need on your streaming list!
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
With solid performances from Forest Whitaker and Keegan-Michael Key, this tale of the toy maker (Whitaker) who loses his love of toy making when double-crossed by his right-wing man (Key) is a classic Netflix vacation proposition. The toy maker’s fate changes when his granddaughter (Madalen Mills) reminds him how amazing he and his creations are. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is full of fantasy, music, and a toy very similar to Johnny Five from Short Circuit. It contains the correct notes from director David E. Talbert (First Sunday).
The holiday calendar
Who doesn’t like a little love on vacation? The holiday calendar is an interesting Netflix original in that it adds a bit of sci-if time travel to this juicy story. Abby (Kat Graham) is a photographer in trouble. She wants something, but she just doesn’t know what it is. Then she gets an old calendar that sees the future. Soon, Abby shares this information with boyfriend Josh (Quincy Brown), and Abby’s life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. Okay, I realize that at first glance, the holiday calendar doesn’t sound like something we’ve never seen before. However, the story is interesting, the performance is fresh and lively, and who doesn’t like a vacation movie that mixes genres?
We often see vacation stories of people going through hard times while everyone around them lives high on the pig. Well, Holiday Rush, another Netflix original, focuses on a family who must band together when forced to live slim. Rush Williams (Romany Malco) is a radio host who has to move in with his aunt (and his 4 children) after being fired from his job. As you can imagine, there is a lot of laughter in this family movie, but there is also a lot of family drama as everyone involved has to find out the true meaning of the holidays. With a solid message and strong performances, Holiday Rush is the kind of Netflix Original that could easily become a vacation staple!
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