Cynical But Sweet Christmas Movies to Get You in the Holiday Mood

Christmas is nearly here. It can all be a bit overwhelming. The singing. The dancing. The visions of sugar plums. And goodness, let’s not get started on the figgy pudding. Sometimes people need something new. 

They just want a little sour to cut through the sweetness. A bit of cynicism to make the happy endings feel that much better, that much more earned. 

We have the 12 Cynical But Sweet Christmas Movies to Get You Through the Holidays. 

The Apartment

Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) has found the secret to climbing the corporate ladder: letting his bosses use his apartment to carry on their illicit affairs. 

Bad Santa

Every year Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marcus (Tony Cox) run the same scam. Willie gets a job as a mall Santa, Marcus as an elf, and they spend a month getting to know the ins and outs of the place. 

El Camino Christmas

Eric Roth (Luke Grimes) came to town for just one reason. He wanted to see if his father, who he had never met, still lived there. 

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