WRECK-IT RALPH (2012)

   

This movie is nostalgia 80’s arcade fun. Kids will love it as well as the parents that once played those classic games like Pac-Man, Street Fighters and Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s a story that explores what the video game characters do after we stop playing. It’s creative, fun and really makes you want to go to an arcade or turn on your gaming console and play some games. Warning: you and your kids will be saying, “Im gonna wreck-It!” for days.

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THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 (2002)

   

Tim Allen is back as Santa, and this time he needs a wife. Santa needs a Mrs. Clause or he can no longer be Santa. Which lead me to ask this question: In the first movie, Scott becomes Santa because he puts on Santa’s coat after he fell off the roof and died. If you need a Mrs. Claus to be Santa, then that Santa had to have a Mrs. Claus. So when that Santa died…WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS MRS. CLAUS??? Was she just walking down the hall with some elves and a plate of freshly baked cookies in her hands then *POOF* gone? Cookies fall to the ground. The crash of the now shattered plate echos through the workshop. The elves, seeing that she has vanished, now know that the Santa they once worked for is gone forever. Is that what happened? Is it? Where did she go?? But…the movie is ok. Fun and festive but not as good as the first.

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I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (1998)

   

JTT! Every girl our age had a crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the 90’s. If you didn’t, then I believe you are lying to yourself. Liar.  Anyway, JTT’s character is that kinda annoying popular college kid that doesn’t actually want to go home for Christmas. But after his father bribes him with a car if he comes home, he has to make his way across the country by Christmas Eve.  Everything of course goes wrong and getting home becomes an extreme struggle. Melissa has always loved this but it was a first time viewing for me and it was fun.  The perfect combo of cheese, adventure and JTT.

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MICKEY’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS: SNOWED IN AT THE HOUSE OF MOUSE (2001)

   

All the Disney characters come together to have a Christmas party but get snowed in. So, Mickey shows a few different cartoons to keep everyone entertained. They are also to get Donald in the Christmas spirit. I just love the thought of all the characters getting together for a party. But wouldn’t Ursula be like “Ugh, Ariel is here. Gross.” The new animation isn’t at its best but a big plus is that the movie has Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Oh yeah!

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THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994)

   

Yes! This is a great Christmas movie. Kids and adults will love it.  We love that it answers some questions kids always have about Santa like, “How does Santa get into a house with no chimney?” and “How does he make it around the world in one night?” I love that it also teaches the lesson that “Seeing isn’t believing, Believing is seeing.” Perfect.

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SANTA BUDDIES (2009)

   

Oh man here we go. Buddies movies have officially begun. Much like Airbud, the movie these spun off from, there are too many Buddies movies. We feel like the CGI to make the puppies mouths movie is unnecessary. It means that every time a dog is talking, there is a single shot of just that character sitting there saying the line. It makes it boring visually whenever there is dialogue with the animals. However it does have one good things going for it. There are puppies in the entire movie. Puppies!

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GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, IT’S CHRISTMAS (2011)

   

A movie from the Disney Channel original series Good Luck Charlie. I actually really like this series on Disney Channel. It was one of the rare one these days that is just about a normal crazy family that actually had more than just two kids. None of the kids have super powers or a crazy career or whatever else. It was just a fun series. I feel the same way about the movie. It was fun and has the same weirdo family getting in weirdo situations, but it’s enjoyable. And again, it was time to play “Where In Utah Is It? It was funny to watch the movie try to pass off Gateway mall in Downtown Salt Lake as Las Vegas. Sorry Disney, you did do a pretty good job at it, but we know better.

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