So, you’ve got the kids home for the holidays and run out of things to do one day in. We’ve got the solution. Simply head on over to Streampix and check out these 10 movies, then you can finish up decorating the tree, hanging the mistletoe, shopping and slogging down egg nog. And some of them are even age-appropriate… for those over 12!
“Holiday in Handcuffs”: Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in this 1997 flick about a struggling waitress who takes the law into her own hands by kidnapping a random, handsome customer to take home and impress her parents. Directed by Ron Underwood, the movie originally aired on ABC Family as part of the network’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming block. Also stars Markie Post, Timothy Bottoms and Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights“).
“Jack Frost”: Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston star in this heartwarming 1998 holiday fantasy about a musician whose spirit is resurrected in his son’s magical snowman after dying in an automobile accident. Note: three of Frank Zappa’s four children—Dweezil, Ahmet and “Valley Girl” Moon Unit—appear in the film, as does punk rocker Henry Rollins as Sic Gronic, the ice hockey coach. The score and music were produced by Yes’ Trevor Rabin, who appears in the movie as the Jack Frost Band lead guitarist with violinist Lili Haydn. The eclectic soundtrack features REO Speedwagon, Cole Porter, Lucinda Williams, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac, Gary Glitter, Billy Idol, Spice Girls, Foghat, Edgar Winter Group, Jars of Clay and Hanson.
“Snowglobe”: Singer Christina Milian stars in this 2007 ABC Family original made-for-TV fantasy, discovering a magical snow globe that transports her to an idyllic winter wonderland, where Christmas is celebrated every day. “The Sopranos” shrink Lorraine Bracco also has a role in the movie, which was also part of the networks’ “25 Days of Christmas” series that year.
“Good Luck, Charlie, It’s Christmas!”: This 2011 Disney made-for-TV adventure featuring teen star Bridgit Mendler and Mia Talerico finds the Duncan family embarking on a vacation to visit mom’s parents in Palm Springs for the holidays, but the clan get separated at the airport when Mendler decides to give up her ticket on the flight for a free seat, and chaos ensues. Somehow, they all end up in Las Vegas, where they lose their luggage and are forced to sing Christmas carols for their supper.
“Snow”: Golden Globe nominated Tom Cavanagh (TV’s “Ed”) plays Santa’s son, who reluctantly takes over the family business in this 2004 seasonal comedy, also from ABC Family, just three days before Christmas, when he discovers he must replace one of his prized reindeer when it’s stolen by a greedy hunter and placed in a California zoo.
“Snow 2: Brain Freeze”: The 2008 sequel finds Cavanagh reprising his role as Santa’s son Nick Snowden. This time, he gets hit on the head and forgets that he’s Claus just three days before Christmas. As his wife (Ashley Williams) tries to jog his memory, she asks for assistance from an ex-boyfriend, who only pretends to help.
“12 Dates of Christmas”: Amy Smart is a born romantic sporting a controlling nature who must relive Christmas Eve repeatedly with the same blind date until she’s able to trust fate. Shades of “Groundhog Day.”
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“Barney: A Very Merry Christmas—The Movie”: If you’ve got a toddler in the house, there’s no better way to catch their attention than with a purple dinosaur, who visits Santa’s workshop, where he teaches Baby Bop an important lesson about the meaning of the holiday. Hint: tt’s about giving.
“Desperately Seeking Santa”: In this 2011 feature, Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”) is an ambitious marketing executive who devises a sexy Santa contest to increase holiday sales at the mall, and ends up finding romance in the process.
“The Little Polar Bear”: This 2001 animated feature isn’t necessarily about Christmas, but it does feature an arctic polar bear named Lars who upsets his community when he befriends a seal pup named Robbie, based on the children’s tale by Hans de Beer.