4. Home alone- Home Alone is a classic Christmas story in which a family goes on vacation for the holidays but forgets to bring their youngest child. Like I said, classic. From “Look what you did ya little jerk” a la Uncle Frank to “Buzz, your girlfriend, woof” courtesy Kevin McCallister himself, Home Alone is filled with lines galore. I don’t know how many times Kevin’s classic “For the kids” has been used at my house. Some might downgrade this movie because it’s just a couple of guys getting hit by stupid gags, but it really is much more than that. Any and every one of Marv’s reactions to a trick is comedy gold. The great Juice Box has stated in my presence that “Marv might be the greatest movie character of all time.” His words not mine.
3. Elf- I have said it before and I’ll say it again, Buddy the Elf may be my favorite Will Ferrell character. His innocence and ignorance provide for a beautiful combination. After Buddy finds out that he is actually a human amongst elves at the North Pole, he heads for New York to find his real father. Why does he want to find his father? So they can “make ginger bread houses and maybe even hold hands.” Although his dad, played by Jimmy Caan, thinks Buddy is insane, he takes him into his home for the duration of the movie. Buddy screws many things up in his dad’s life by making spaghetti with maple syrup for breakfast and cramming eleven cookies into the vcr. Of course Buddy ends up changing his dad from a jerk into a nice guy who believes in Santa by the end.