The holiday film genre is a goldmine of mediocrity. It’s hard to know who is to blame, from the C-list talent, to the cliché plot lines, and cash-grab moviemakers shilling cheesy Christmas cheer. Tis the season! We’re looking at Christmas movies with the worst IMDb plot keywords — because what do “black leather pants” and “Hooked on Phonics” have to do with the holidays? These insufferable films range from depressing to ridiculous, so brace yourself for a whole lot of WTF, and watch with caution.
Every Thanksgiving weekend, I like to watch the 1992 Chris Columbus-John Hughes classic Home Alone 2: Lost in New York to kick off the holiday season. And every year, I end up ranting about how there’s no way Kevin McAllister could run from The Plaza Hotel to his uncle Rob’s house on West 95th Street while the wet bandits nip at his heels.