Winter has definitely set in. The weather is turning colder. Ski gear has been removed from the mothballs in the attic and the gloves are coming out of closets.
Skiing is the winter sport of sports. Heading to Mt. Bachelor or Mt. Hood resorts is a favorite pastime of many and a great way of enjoying the snowy months ahead. After a day on the slopes, it’s nice to settle in under a snuggie or blanket and enjoy a good winter comedy movie or two.
What makes a good winter movie? Any movie will do as it keeps us inside where it’s nice and warm but good winter movies are films about skiing, about snow-covered mountains or about snowmen. Most of all, they are movies that keeps us laughing during the dark, cold winter months. Here are some suggestions, most of which are classics:
Better Off Dead: If you’ve never seen this 1985 John Cusack movie, it’s definitely worth an hour of your day. As a teen, Cusack has to deal with a girlfriend who dumps him for another guy who, of course, is the top skier of the school. With a mother who cooks strange meals that walk off plates, a father who rides him about his classic Camaro in the garage that needs to be fixed, Cusack (Lane Meyer) faces the normal dilemma’s teens deal with. The comedy lines come in droves as Howard Cosell speaking Asian men try to race with him, a homicidal paper boy just wants his two dollars and the French foreign exchange student moves in with the possessive crazy woman across the street. One of the first Cusack movies that caught my attention as to who this actor was and just how good he may be in later years. A must watch if you haven’t seen it and if you have, a review isn’t bad when the comedy film offers lines and slapstick this well portrayed.
Ski Patrol: Roger Rose and T.K. Carter headlines this comedy film about skiers who have to deal with dangers in their favorite ski resort. A developer sabotages ski jumps and areas of the ski resort to permanently scar the safety record to ensure it goes up for sale. Great comedy unfolds with this classic 1990 film. Watch for a very young George Lopez.
Jack Frost: The 1998 classic Jack Frost is the ultimate in winter movies. Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) comes back to life after a fatal car accident, in the body of a snowman to set things right with his son and family. The film gave us a whole new look at snowmen and time spent with our family.
Ice Age: The sub-zero heroes are first seen in the 2002 release, Ice Age. We first met up with Manfred the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the saber-tooth tiger in this, the original animated film. Laughs galore and a chance to relive the comedy that first started this franchise. Scrat, the determined squirrel comes to life for the first time on the silver screen, surpassing the old-school comedy of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner of the Looney Tunes cartoons.
Groundhog Day: Groundhog Day gave us a glimpse into what would happen if the same day were repeated over and over and over again. A weatherman (Bill Murray) is bored with his job, his life and things in general, only to find himself reliving Groundhog Day repeatedly, until he gains a grasp on his life. Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell offer up their comical best in this 1993 classic.
Serendipity: In 2001, Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack offered up one of the most romantic comedies in the film industry. When the stars align and it is meant to be, it’s serendipity. Cusack and Beckinsale meet, fall in love, almost marry and begin a quest to find each other again. The comedy of Cusack and Jeremy Piven are definitely worth a peek. Beckinsale is beautiful (as always) and plays her role well – good enough to make you want more. Cusack is, well, Cusack. He offers up one of his best-played characters, especially in the romantic comedy genre. The interaction between Cusack and Eugene Levy as a Bloomingdale salesman is magical. Levy effortlessly delivers his funniest lines as smooth as ice.
The Christmas classics, such as It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Christmas Miracle are also at the top of the list for feel-good winter films. All are complete with light-hearted, winter comedy that will keep you laughing and keep you warm.