From Princess Switch to Elf: Guilty pleasure Christmas movies so bad they're good

From Princess Switch to Elf: Guilty pleasure Christmas movies so bad they're good

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

In this cheesy romcom Kate (Amy Smart) is forced to re-live her horrible blind date over and over again – 12 times to be exact. Each time the clock strikes midnight and her day resets, Kate must find out where she went wrong and get back on track to finding her one true love. Even though this is one of the many films “inspired” by Groundhog Day and the ending is oh-so-predictable, 12 Dates of Christmas is a feel-good film worth watching every Christmas Eve.   

Doris Wai, Multimedia editor


The Princess Switch (2018)

Vanessa Hudgens doubles up as Stacy DeNovo, a baker from Chicago, and Margaret Delacourt, the Duchess of Montenaro in this Christmas flick with massive The Parent Trap flashbacks. As you would expect, Stacy and Margaret switch places and embark on an adventure with two very charming men. Despite Hudgens' awful British accent and a very predictable story line, the movie is a feel-good Christmas flick that ticks all the boxes for a cheesy film night! 

Rhea Mogul, Junior reporter manager


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The Princess Switch (2018) ... again

Okay, it's a little bit cringy, and a total rip off of The Parent Trap, but it's just one of those guilty pleasure films that you hate to admit you really enjoyed watching. The plot is far from groundbreaking, but sometimes all you want in a Christmas movie is an easy watch that feels familiar. So if you're looking for a new lighthearted holiday flick to enjoy with your friends, just swallow your pride and play this modern-day Prince and the Pauper tale on Netflix.

Nicole Moraleda, Sub-editor


Jingle All the Way (1996)

Maybe it's because I watched it in my teens, maybe it's because my sister and mum were big Sinbad fans so this was regularly screened at our house, or maybe it's just the idea of Arnie doing "comedy", but I really enjoy this terribly written, horribly materialistic story about a pretty bratty kid making demands. I can't help it, the slapstick, psycho reindeer and yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger trying funny-man schtick encapsulate holiday cheer for me. 

Karly Cox, Deputy editor


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Cats & Dogs (2001)

A spy flick crossed with animal comedy, it really shouldn't count as a christmas movie, but a Christmas tree flocking factory is involved, so close enough. In this film, cats and dogs are secretly running a spy network and competing for human affection. Silly setting? Check. As part of their plans, cats are working out a way to make all humans allergic to dogs and usurping their place as man's best friend. Ludicrous plot? Check. Funny? Check.

Wong Tsui-kai, Reporter


Four Christmases (2008)

This film starts out so well. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as Brad and Kate, a couple with the perfect relationship and living a perfect life together. How do they manage this? By avoiding their awful families at all costs. But for some inexplicable reason, they decide to take pity on their relatives one year and spend Christmas with them. Even worse, they end up abandoning their perfect life to become just like the people they've always hated. I really judge them for this, but I still find myself watching this film whenever it's on. 

Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Sub-editor


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Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the Elf, a human baby who climbs into Santa's sack of toys one Christmas and is accidentally taken to the North Pole and raised by Santa and his elves. Flash forward to 30 years later, he realises he's not an elf and sets out to find his biological parents in New York City. The terrible dialogue and atrocious story line are just sappy enough to be endearing, and Zooey Deschanel is cast perfectly as Buddy's love interest Jovie. There are also some really great scenes that make you think about why we've all become so jaded about the festive holiday season. It's definitely worth a rewatch this winter!

Jamie Lam, Special projects editor

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