Laughing All the Way

by David Williams

The Christmas genre includes a variety of hilarious films; here are plot synopses of the THS Newspaper’s Christmas comedy recommendations for the holiday season!

Elf (2003):

Buddy the elf was placed up for adoption as a baby by his parents, Walter Hobbs and Susan Wells, but it was one special Christmas Eve that truly changed his life. Buddy managed to catch a ride with Santa Claus to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves fell in love with Buddy and decided to raise him as their own. However, growing up as an oversized elf became difficult for Buddy, which led him to seek his birth father, Walter Hobbs. 

Join Buddy as he navigates the curious new world that is New York City as a human raised by elves. As usual, Will Ferrel’s performance in this Christmas classic is excellent and makes for a hilarious, exciting, timeless film. Elf is rated PG and is a great movie for the whole family. 

Bad Santa (2003):

For years, Willie T. Stokes and his partner in crime, Marcus Skidmore, have posed as Santa and one of his elves in order to rob malls and department stores during the Christmas season. However, this year is different. Willie has been struggling with depression and alcoholism; organized crime becomes more complicated when his erratic behavior earns him unwanted attention from mall security. While working as Santa, Willie meets Thurman, a troubled kid who is completely convinced that Willie is Santa. Although Thurman interferes with Willie and Marcus’s plans, the 8-year old finds his way into the hearts of the two conmen. Watch as Willie and his partner try to complete their annual heist and Thurman teaches them about the spirit of Christmas. 

While Bad Santa is rated R for violence, sexual references, and explicit language, it is definitely a worthwhile watch for mature audiences; you should probably wait until your younger siblings go to sleep to enjoy it, though. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever (2023):

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever is the third film in the animated Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In Cabin Fever, middle-schooler Greg Heffley and his family are stuck at home due to heavy snow storms in the area. Greg brings the viewer along as he is forced to participate in his family's strange holiday traditions without any opportunity to escape them. Other than being stuck inside, Greg's main concern is getting a new game console for Christmas. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever will be released on Disney+ on December 8th, and if it’s anything like the previous Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, it’ll be an enjoyable watch for the whole family.