With the holiday season upon us, the time has come again for collects of family and friends, epic feasts, offering exchanges, and the periodic wince-inducing sing-along. But all that season join can be taxing. So why not cuddle up with a loved one and watch how other parties deal with the season.
Holiday movies have also become essential to the end of time performance, and contrary to popular belief, a number of classics have LGBTQ themes. Beyond that, brand-new introductions in the genre have, at long last, added some loveable lesbian characters realizing the yuletide gay.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.
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1. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer has a special interest. One of the recur themes in the fib is that of alienation–Rudolph goes bullied by the other reindeer for being different, while Hermie the Elf lost his job in Santa’s workshop for having different interests. Rudolph, Hermie, bearish prospector Yukon Cornelius and the yeti-like Bumble form a community with the ghettoized residents of the Island of Misfit Toys. Their positive actions not only end up saving Christmas, but too teach the other North Pole citizens the value of celebrating diversity.
Streams on Amazon& Vudu.
2. Meet Me in St. Louis
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Not a Christmas movie per se, the Christmas segment of the season-themed Meet Me in St. Louis manages to upstage all the others, thanks to the misty-eyed ballad “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The song became an immediate classic upon debuting in 1944, and Meet Me in St. Louis remains a holiday view favorite. It helps, of course, to have gay icon Judy Garland in the lead, and delivering one of her best concerts. Queer director( and leader of Liza) Vincente Minnelli spearheaded the product, which teems with Hollywood Golden Age charm and lushness. A film starring an icon and helmed by a faggot lead has only one automatic target in homosexual history. That Meet Me in St. Louis is one of the great musical movies that does it essential holiday view too.
Streams on YouTube, Vudu, iTunes& Amazon.
3. Home for the Holidays
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Jodie Foster aimed this dramedy film set at Thanksgiving, though the antics of the lovably dysfunctional household might as well take place at Christmas. Home for the Holidays recounts the relationships of the Larsen family, with particular attention given to disgruntled sister Claudia( giving full play to Holly Hunter) and quirky homosexual brother Tommy( an ebullient, if drug-addled Robert Downey, Jr .). Like any celebration movie, their own families bickers, sighs secrets, has meltdowns and agrees, receiving the hope for the future that every anniversary fete represents. Besides Downey and Hunter, a stellar shoot which includes Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Geraldine Chaplin and Claire Danes stimulate Home for the Holiday an entertaining, if predictable, romp.
Streams on Hulu, YouTube, Amazon& Vudu.
4. The Family Stone
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Much like Home for the Holiday, The Family Stone uses the bickering family, screwball slapstick proposition to warm hearts and ply a good share of screams. With an appealing cast that facets Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Craig T. Nelson, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes( again) and Sarah Jessica Parker, the fib revolves around the Stone family, as jumpy brother Everett( Dermot Mulroney) delivers his groom-to-be Meredeth( Parker) dwelling to meet their own families. Hilarity and heartwarming ensue in predictable style, though the movie does facet a groundbreaking and mesmerizing subplot involving deafen, homosexual brother Thad and his partner Patrick trying to adopt a child. No disbelief, in an age of marriage equality, batch of LGBTQs will have same ordeals with their crazy families this festivity season.
Streams on Hulu, YouTube, Amazon& Vudu.
5. Make the Yuletide Gay
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Going home for the holidays can hold its perils, especially for our brethren still in the closet to their families. Make the Yuletide Gay makes that assertion, and turns it into a heartwarming nostalgic humor. College student Olaf has come out at academy and even nabbed a suitor for himself, but his family back home doesn’t know. As he celebrates the holidays, Olaf tries to maintain a “straight” identity, even after his lover Nathan shows up at the house! Make the Yuletide Gay falls into the same captures as a good deal of rom-coms, with expansive references and some corny jokes. Still, that it cores on an LGBT couple forms it freshening anniversary fun.
Streams on Amazon& iTunes.
6. Too Cool for Christmas
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Soap opera staples George Hamilton and Donna Mills star in this Here! Tv induced flick about a spoiled teen who would rather spend Christmas skiing than with her family. Of trend, she learns the True Meaning of Christmas over such courses of the film’s runtime in a predictable fad. What becomes the film interesting is that the 16 -year-old heroine is the daughter of two gay pas. Lifetime ranges a censored explanation of the movie, which subs the homosexual mothers for reshot situations with straight mothers. Avoid that version( dubbed A Very Cool Christmas) at all costs.
Streams on YouTube, Amazon& Vudu.
7. Star Wars Holiday Special
Otherwise known as the weirdest Christmas special of all time, The Star Wars Holiday Special has never had a commercial release, though it shows up often on sites like YouTube. Broadcast once in 1978, the special features the direct of Star Wars( yes, including Harrison Ford, lesbian icon Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill) trying to help Chewbacca get home to his Wookie family in time for “Life Day, ” the Star Wars analog of Christmas, in a musical undertaking. The tent ingredient alone meets the Holiday Special worth watching at least once, as do the fame cameos, including expressions by homosexual icons Diahann Carroll as a erotic hologram( yes, truly ), Bea Arthur as a cantina bartender, and Harvey Korman as an alien chef. George Lucas has reportedly said he wants to destroy every forgery of the special. That the statement comes from the man who caused JarJar establishes The Star Wars Holiday Special something that needs to be seen to be believed.
Available on YouTube.
8. Diva’s Christmas Carol
Anything with the word “diva” in the title should get a rise out of a good dollop of the LGBT population. That the movie likewise performs Vanessa Williams, Kathy Griffin and Chili( of the band TLC) should also give A Diva’s Christmas Carol some scrutiny. The telefilm debuted in 2000 on Vh1, and reimagines A Christmas Carol as a modern-day tale about a vein popping singer. Griffin get in some good shrieks as the Ghost of Christmas Past, while Williams gives her vocals to some holiday standards fixing A Diva’s Christmas Carol a entertaining take over the favourite tale.
Available on YouTube.
9. White Christmas
White Christmas centers on a duo of melodic composers trying to mount a new appearance. It too helps to have homosexual icon and bisexual whiz Clooney in the female lead-in, and Bing Crosby never examined better in a movie. Kaye and Crosby too play-act a hysterical lag number–just one of the highlights of, quite possibly, the very best vacation movie ever.
Streams on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon& Vudu.
10. Mrs. Santa Claus
Leave it to Angela Lansbury to make an roughly laughably dated proposition into an endlessly entertaining win. It likewise facilitates that she collaborates again with composer Jerry Herman, the honestly gay musician behind Mame and Hello, Dolly ! It helps too that the movie has a talented lesbian screenwriter in organize of seven-time Emmy winner Mark Saltzman . Mrs. Santa Claus becomes more than a standard melodic telefilm, subtly confronting issues like bigotry, sexism, interfaith marriage and overzealous capitalism. It gets away with it all thanks to the frothy touch of Herman’s music, and an overwhelming operation by Lansbury. Originally airing in 1996, Mrs. Santa Claus speaks with a wink and a nudge and should have become an immediate festivity classic.
Streams on Amazon.
11. Shared Rooms
A queer answer to holiday relationship movies like Love, Actually or The Family Stone, Shared Rooms follows a trio of lesbian pairs all in various states of commitment over the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The unrated movie too features slew of nudity from its very attractive cast, including the full-frontal variety( performers Justin Xavier and Alexander Neil Smith might actually the majority of members of the movie’s runtime showing off the full Monty ). Rather than titillate though, the nude places supplement a bed of honesty to the story, somehow stirring the specific characteristics all the more plausible. The film’s one misstep reclines in the film’s adoptive subplot: at times half of the married couple seems a bit too excited to have an adoptive gay teen, to the point it borders on sinister. Still, Shared Rooms has a great deal of charisma, and some heartwarming situations of a lesbian substitute home becoming a real one.
Streams on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes& Vudu.
12. RuPaul‘s Christmas Ball
Ok, so it isn’t a movie exactly, but what’s not to love about America’s Favorite Drag Queen donning some lesbian clothe and hosting a holiday extravaganza? The representation comedy special, which facets cameos by Latoya Jackson, Taylor Dane, Elton John, Nirvana, Belinda Carlisle, Boy George and-of all people-Eartha Kitt, channels retro-MTV anarchy and the holiday spirit. The two feelings shouldn’t mix, and yet, RuPaul’s Christmas Ball has only one undeniable, if unique, petition. Besides, Ru has never glanced better than in the show’s closing number, which pieces him decked out in a grey sequin holiday night-robe and boasting a white-hot coat muff. The festivities don’t get much more bonkers than this.
Available on YouTube.
13. Other People
Jessie Plemmons and Molly Shannon sun in this Sundance dramedy about a recently-dumped gay man who returns to his hometown to care for his cancer-stricken mother. Both actors impart happy recitals and have rarely been more appropriate. Added bonus: Josie Totah yields an early action as a drag-obsessed kid, who aids drawing some levity to the proceedings with a holiday drag performance in the family living room. Bradley Whitford, Paul Dooley& June Squibb too superstar, in a little-seen gem that captivates all the familial feeling of the holidays…and the heartwarming joy buried underneath it all.
Streams on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon& Vudu.
14. Let It Snow
Netflix sagged this Hallmark-style movie earlier this year, chocked full of the same kind of holiday implausibilities that gasoline the oh-so-saccharine genre. A group of high school students plan a holiday party( and just where are their families, regardless ?) in the midst of a blizzard. Against that backdrop a beautiful young student spots adoration with a world-famous musician, a heartsick chap says his love for a female bestie, and a sardonic dyke locates mystery with a popular cheerleader. That last item provokes us to recommend the movie, since learn any kind of LGBTQ people in a holiday film remains a rarity.
Streams on Netflix.
15. Season of Love
Director Christin Baker helmed this delicious vacation fib about a group of lesbians coming together to celebrate the holidays. Part Love, Actually, division The L-Word, Season of Love steers several intertwining stories of Los Angeles wives during the holiday season as they struggle with love, toil, family and holiday insanity. Cheesy by design, the movie reminds us of that cheeseball sufficed at midwestern family Christmas parties: curious, esoteric, and so luscious, we can’t stop eating it.
Available on the film’s official site .
16. Batman Returns
Whaaaat you say? Batman Returns is a Christmas movie? It’s queer? Yes to all of the above, in fact. While not the Dark Knight’s best cinematic outing, the Tim Burton-directed movie facets a story set at Christmas, and an iconic concert by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. It also has no shortage of campy, darknes feeling, courtesy of columnist Daniel Waters. Waters has never commented on his sexuality, at least as far as we know, though considering he also wrote Heathers, he does have an undeniably queer-ish, feminist insight. More importantly, though, Waters has a unique sense of amusing. Batman Returns may not be a great film, but it is a very interesting one which directs the breathe weirdness of the holidays…and the gentle character of hope that runs beneath.
Streams on iTunes, YouTube, Amazon& Vudu.
Note: This article contains portions of previous poles containing Queerty’s holiday film recommendations.
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