5 Not-So-Sappy Holiday Movies to Watch

Holiday movies have a warm and fuzzy feeling for many people, but it can get overrated. Feel like skipping out on the seasonal flicks? If that sounds like you, here are our alternative film choices to consider.

The Dark Knight Rises

Summary: Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

This bad boy just released on DVD earlier this month. It’s the perfect action flick to watch (or re-watch) this season if you’re steering clear of traditional Christmas movies. Tough guys (helllloooo, Christine Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt!), fast cars, super sweet costumes…no wonder The Dark Knight was rated so highly this year.

Mean Girls

Summary: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

It’s a classic but always SO good. Grab a few of your girl friends (and your old burnbook), and reminisce on what was once high school for many of us.


Summary: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Here’s another hilarious movie to add to your alternative holiday movie list. It has a sense of charm, yet the gals in this film aren’t keeping anything PG. This unordinary chick flick is one for the guys, too.

Pitch Perfect

Summary: Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Pitch Perfect will get you movin’ and groovin’ this season- and not to Christmas music. The gang belts out some oldies and lots of modern songs that will have you singing along too. Grab the popcorn and a cranberry cocktail and enjoy the feel-good movie.

Midnight in Paris

Summary: While on a trip to Paris with his fiancé’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Travel back to the Roaring ’20 in this flick featuring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. This somewhat-dark comedy, directed by Woody Allen, is fun, romantic and shows you some stunning sceneries of Paris.


 (Disclaimer- The summaries and images were retrieved from IMDB.com.)