Special Report

Worst Holiday Movies Ever Made

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30. Jersey Girl (2004)
> Directed by: Kevin Smith
> Starring: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro
> Genre: Comedy, drama, romance

Kevin Smith’s tale of a man who realizes the importance of family above material wealth lacks imagination and blatantly pulls on audience heartstrings, leaving a lackluster movie-going experience. Even a tenuous Christmas theme could not save the film from bombing. It grossed nearly $10 million less at the domestic box office that it cost to make.

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29. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
> Directed by: Michael Lembeck
> Starring: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell
> Genre: Comedy, family, fantasy

Tim Allen returns as Scott Calvin, whose mission is to find a bride in order to continue on as Santa and suss out the source of his son’s angst at the same time. Critics were not taken by the movie, which got a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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28. The Oranges (2011)
> Directed by: Julian Farino
> Starring: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener
> Genre: Comedy, drama, romance

Brit Julian Farino’s American feature debut that takes place during the Christmas season put an outstanding cast in a dud of a dysfunctional-family movie. Trying to be both comedy and drama, the film failed to inspire.

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27. Friday After Next (2002)
> Directed by: Marcus Raboy
> Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon
> Genre: Comedy, drama

The movie get kudos for its ability to communicate a sense of place. But as for the chaotic movie-going experience, as New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell put it, it was as if “the film is being developed before your very eyes.” The film features a scene in which Ice Cube gets robbed of his Christmas presents and is pummeled by a Christmas tree.

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26. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
> Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
> Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
> Genre: Adventure, comedy

This sequel to “Bad Moms” with a holiday backdrop loses any semblance of substance, opting instead for the cheap, fun, drunk night out route as mom friends gather to commiserate about their lives.

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