Christmas in Wonderland is the 2007 Yari Film Group Christmas movie starring Matthew Knight, Chris Kattan, Cameron Bright, Preston Lacy, Amy Schlagel, Zoe Schlagel, Carmen Electra, Tim Curry, Patrick Swayze, Matthew Walker, MacKenzie Porter and Marty Antonini. Christmas in Wonderland was directed by James Orr, produced by Laurette Bourassa and composed by Terry Frewer. Christmas in Wonderland is about the Saunders and their journey to finding the true meaning of Christmas. The movie was filmed largely in the West Edmonton Mall.
Four Christmases is the 2008 New Line Cinema Christmas movie starring Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth, Katy Mixon, Colleen Camp, Jeanette Miller, Jack Donner, Steve Wiebe, Zak Boggan, Skyler Gisondo, Patrick Van Horn, Cedric Yarbrough, Brian Baumgartner, and Peter Billingsley. The movie was directed by Seth Gordon and composed by Alex Wurman. Four Christmases is about Brad McVie and his girlfriend, Kate, and their struggle with their families at Christmas time.
Brad: My childhood was like the The Shawshank Redemption, except I didn’t have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!
I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the 1998 Disney Christmas movie starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole, Eve Gordon, Lauren Maltby, Andrew Lauer, Sean O’Bryan, Lesley Boone, Kathleen Freeman, Jack Kenny, Blair Slater, Peter Kelamis and Ian Robinson. Jake is a student at a private school in California who hardly ever comes home for Christmas. Jake’s dad tries to bribe him with a 1957 Porsche to get home for Christmas. To get the car, Jake has to be home by 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve in New York.
Christmas Do-Over is the 2006 ABC Family Christmas movie Jay Mohr, Daphne Zuniga, David Millbern, Adrienne Barbeau, Tim Thomerson, Logan Grove, Ruta Lee, Michael J. Gaeta, Jack Axelrod, Jacob Chambers, Sonia Izzolena, Steve Hart and Jim Jansen. Christmas Do-Over was directed by Catherine Cyran.
Kevin is too busy for anyone but himself. He goes to his ex-wife’s parents for Christmas so that he can spend the day with his son. He is forced to stay overnight and while there his son, Ben, wishes everyday were like Christmas. As a result of the wish, he is forced to live Christmas Day over and over.
Borrowed Hearts is the 1997 CBS made for TV Christmas movie starring Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, Shawn Thompson, Janet Bailey, Kevin Hicks, Barbara Gordon, Sarah Rosen Fruitman and Hector Elizondo. Borrowed Hearts was directed by Ted Kotcheff.
Sam Field is a playboy businessman that inherited his dad’s business. Kathleen Russell is a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet and happens to work for Sam Field. Sam is working on a business deal with a very traditional Mexican businessman that expects to meet Sam’s wife and kids. The only problem is that Sam doesn’t have a wife and kids so he has to find a family and ends up with Kathleen and Zoey Russell.
Zoey Russell: Excuse me?
Designer: Yes dear?
Zoey Russell: Does your face hurt?
Designer: Excuse me?
Zoey Russell: It looks so tight!
A Hobo’s Christmas is the 1987 Phoenix Entertainment Group Christmas movie starring Barnard Hughes, Gerald McRaney, Wendy Crewson, William Hickey, Lee Weaver, Jamie Sorrentini, Harley Cross, Helen Stenborg, Michael Ruud, Logan Field, Laura Hughes, Dana Cutrer, and Gregory Dee Watts. The movie was directed by Will Mackenzie and produced by Joe Byrne and Paul Freeman.
A hobo decides it is time to go home after 25 years. He and a group of hobo’s are headed westward so he decides to stop in Salt Lake City and visit his son for Christmas. He wants to heal old wounds, get forgiveness from his son Charlie and meet his grandchildren. Charlie is not happy to see his dad. Charlie and Laurie, Charlie’s girlfriend, discuss his dad and their relationship.
The McCallisters are preparing to go to Miami for Christmas. This time Kevin makes it to airport but ends up on a flight to New York instead of Miami. In New York, Kevin takes on the recently escaped Sticky Bandits, the former Wet Bandits, as they try to steal Christmas from kids at a Children’s Hospital. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara and John Heard. The movie was directed by Chris Columbus, written and produced by John Hughes and composed by John Williams.
The McCallister’s are getting ready for a Christmas trip to Miami, Florida. Before they go the family goes to the McCallister kid’s school Christmas play where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) proceeds to get himself into trouble and get sent to the attic as a result. The McCallister’s once again sleep, but this time Kevin makes it onto the Airport vans. Things go wrong at the airport and Kevin ends up on a flight to New York City instead of Miami.
Kevin quickly realizes that he is New York City when he looks out the airport windows. Kevin’s family finds out when he is not present at the airport to get his luggage. Kevin begins a sightseeing trip around New York City while Kevin’s parents tell the Miami police about the situation. Kevin ends up at the Plaza Hotel where he gets a room under false pretenses. Meanwhile, the Sticky Bandits, the former Wet Bandits, show up in New York City having escaped from prison.
Mr. Hector (Tim Curry), a concierge at the Plaza Hotel, is suspicious of Kevin and he discovers that the credit card Kevin used is listed as stolen. Meanwhile, Kevin takes a hotel limo and goes shopping at Duncan’s Toy Chest on Christmas Eve. Kevin finds out that the proceeds of Christmas Eve will be given to a children’s hospital. After leaving the store Kevin runs into Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), of the Sticky Bandits, who are planning to rob Duncan’s Toy Chest. Harry and Marv chase Kevin back to the Plaza hotel, where he is chased by the hotel staff. Kevin manages to escape the hotel, but jumps right into the hands of Harry and Marv. Kevin manages to escape the Sticky manages and then heads to his Uncle Rob’s apartment, which he finds empty.
Not knowing what to do, Kevin takes a walk through Central Park where he runs into the Bird Lady (Brenda Fricker). They get some hot chocolate and listen to the orchestra perform in Carnegie Hall in a storage room above the concert hall. Kevin vows to make up for his wrongs during the year and decides to stop the Sticky Bandits from stealing from the children. He heads to his uncle’s empty townhouse and implements Operation HoHoHo. Meanwhile Kate (Catherine O’Hara) and Peter (John Heard) McCallister and the rest of the family arrive in New York City.
Kevin heads to Duncan’s Toy Chest and interrupts Harry and Marv robbing it. He sets off the alarm system by throwing a brick through the window and gets the Sticky Bandits to chase him back to his uncle’s empty townhouse. Harry and Marv proceed to trip all of Kevin’s booby traps in the house without catching Kevin. Kevin escapes down a rope and heads to a pay phone and calls 911 and tells the Police that the Wet Bandits are in Central Park. Marv and Harry give chase and catch Kevin when he slips on some ice. They take him into Central Park where they run afoul of the Bird Lady. Kevin escapes and the police show up and capture Marv and Harry. At Duncan’s Toy Chest, Mr. Duncan (Eddie Bracken) gets Kevin’s note about his role in stopping the robbery.
Meanwhile Kate is out searching for Kevin in the city. In her search she happens across two police officers in Times Square, and one of them advises her to think of where Kevin would go in the city. She remembers Kevin’s love of Christmas trees. Kevin goes to Rockefeller Center to see its famous Christmas tree. He makes a wish that he could see his family again. As he finishes his wish his mom shows up.
On Christmas morning a truckload of gifts arrives at the Plaza Hotel from Duncan’s Toy Chest. The McCallister’s awake and find a Christmas tree filled with presents. While the family is opening their gifts, Kevin goes to Central Park and gives the Bird Lady one of the turtledove ornaments that he had gotten from Mr. Duncan in remembrance of their friendship. The movie ends with Cedric (Rob Schneider), a Plaza Hotel bellhop, delivering Kevin’s room service bill to the McCallister’s room.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is an excellent sequel to Home Alone and a true classic Christmas movie in its own right. I like the opening credits with the blue house and the memorable John Williams composed theme song. The movie has severable memorable scenes including; the shot from the Twin Towers out across New York City, the view from the inside of Carnegie Hall, the scene where Kevin goes by the Children’s Hospital and a little boy in a window waves at him and the Christmas Tree and decorations at Rockefeller Center. Just as Home Alone did, Home Alone 2 has a great soundtrack hat has such Christmas favorites as A Holly Jolly Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I like the cameo appearances by Donald Trump, Ally Sheedy and Bob Eubanks. The best part of the movie as in Home Alone is when Harry and Marv work their way through all of Kevin booby traps. If you liked Home Alone or you like Christmas movies, then Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a must add to your Christmas movie collection.