There’s plenty to love about Christmas, from finding the perfect gift for that special someone in your life to gorging on prawns and pavlova. But let’s not lie to ourselves, there’s one thing that’s better than everything else combined – watching cheesy, cringe-worthy festive flicks with your nearest and dearest, a glass of sav blanc in one hand and a bowl of popcorn in the other.
Fortunately, the Netflix gods have blessed us with a sleighful of yuletide movies that are so incredibly awful, they’re actually brilliant. Enjoy!
1. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
If you missed the 2017 viral sensation that was A Christmas Prince, stop reading right now and watch it immediately. To refresh, the flick follows a young journo named Amber, who goes undercover as a tutor in a European country to dig up dirt on their resident playboy Prince Richard. Of course, despite her deception, they fall in love, he proposes, and they live happily ever after. Or do they? In the sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, it seems the path to marriage isn’t quite so simple…
2. Christmas Inheritance
Look, nothing can top A Christmas Prince, but Christmas Inheritance will certainly meet your desire for cliche-filled drama. Meet heiress and party girl Ellen Langford (played by The 100‘s Eliza Taylor). She’s keen to take over as CEO of the family biz, but first, she must prove herself to her father by delivering a special Christmas card to his former partner in Snow Falls. After a snowstorm strands Ellen at the local inn with just $100 to her name (i.e. not enough money to afford a room) she must work to earn her keep, finding romance along the way.
3. The Princess Switch
Oh Vanessa Hudgens, you’ve come a long way since High School Musical! If you haven’t seen The Princess Switch yet, imagine The Parent Trap and The Princess Diaries had a low-budget love child and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Hudgens plays both the Duchess of Montenaro (and soon-to-be princess) and her American doppelganger Stacy, a commoner from Chicago. They decide to switch places and, predictably, find themselves questioning which life they prefer.
4. The Holiday Calendar
The Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham stars as the down-on-her-luck, Christmas-hating photographer Abby, who, upon receiving a magical advent calendar from her grandfather, finds her world turned upside down. Suddenly, everything’s looking up – her career is taking off, and there’s more than one opportunity for romance. But who will she choose? And how long will her good luck last?
5. Merry Kissmas
First of all, with a name like Merry Kissmas, you know you’re in for a wild ride. This guilty pleasure follows Kayla, a former writer who gave up everything to be with her choreographer hubby Carlton, who treats her more like his assistant than the love of his life. When she meets caterer Dustin and the two instantly hit it off, Carlton starts doing everything in his power to win Kayla back. We know, it’s totally problematic (since when is cheating romantic?) but you’re going to love it anyway.
6. Once Upon a Holiday
For her role as a princess playing pauper in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn won her first Oscar. Shockingly, we can’t see this happening for the star of Once Upon a Holiday, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a good ol’-fashioned hate-watch. When Katie, the princess of a small European country visits New York City over Christmas, she sees an opportunity to see what non-royal life would be like. Slipping away from her guards, she meets handsome commoner Jack, and finds herself questioning if she ever wants to return to her life as a princess.
7. A Holiday Engagement
After years of pressure from her demanding mother to find a man and get married, Hillary finally has a fiance to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. But when he suddenly dumps her, she’s left with two options: go alone, or find a replacement. And, as this is a cheesy rom-com and not a self-empowerment flick, she goes with door number two, hiring David, an out-of-work actor, to pose as her fiance. However, things soon become complicated when Hillary realises she’s starting to have real feelings for David.
8. The Spirit of Christmas
We’ve saved the best (or is that ‘worst’?) to last. As Christmas approaches, unlucky-in-love lawyer Kate travels to an old bed and breakfast to oversee its sale, only to encounter an unexpected roadblock – its former inhabitant, Daniel, who also happens to be a ghost. Yep, you read that right. Daniel, who was murdered 95 years prior, explains to Kate that thanks to the curse, he’s not a ghost between December 13 and 24 (convenient, no?). That means they’ve got mere days to figure out how to break the curse and help Daniel become human again. Quality stuff!
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