I was wanting to watch something that was kind of a Christmas or Holiday Season movie, but not the standard Christmas themed story.
I was looking for something similar to Die Hard
-- a story that has nothing to do with the holidays or Christmas other than it's set during that time of year.Trading Places
always tops the list with Dan Aykroyd crashing the company Christmas party dressing up like Santa Claus -- a very sorted business.
I've found Scent of a Woman
and With Honors
, both movies not about Christmas or the season.
The first has Chris O'Donnell taking a job over Thanksgiving to care for a blind Al Pacino - to earn money to fly home from school at Christmas.
The latter takes place over a school year, but an important part of the story is set around Christmas. Since it's in Massachusetts and snowy most of the movie, it kind of gets you into a winter wonderland frame of mind.It's a Wonderful Life
would qualify, since only the last part of the movie is set during Christmas Eve. Much of the story happens over many years before that one night with Clarence, and Christmas isn't the central theme.
I'm sure I'm missing some others that ought to come to mind, and i was wondering if anyone else has a favorite not-a-Christmas story
movie set around Christmas time?
Personally, I wouldn't count Forrest Gump
, since the Christmas and New Year's Eve scenes in New York were pretty minor in the grand scheme of the movie. About the only pivotal NY scene I remember was when Lt Dan promised he'd be Gump's first mate if he ever owned a shrimping boat. But, I'd be open to rebuttals.