The Happiest Season is a 2020 release that stars Audrey Hepburn and Steve Martin as a married couple in the late '60s who get a late Christmas surprise by being abruptly whisked away to the Caribbean. A young lady with an elaborate plan to propose to her beau while on her family's holiday celebration gets her dream husband in front of her conservative parents. The happy ending is made possible by a curious white snake that leads the happy couple to the top of a mountain. They eventually fall in love and remain together.
This movie doesn't have the same Christmas magic as the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, but it does have a lot more humor. Much of the humor is aimed at the more whimsical aspects of Christmas, as opposed to the more serious ones, like the original song "O Holy Night". One example is when Martin complains to his wife about all the gifts that went missing during their wedding day. His wife replies, "Oh, come on! The gift exchange has started already."
One of the best parts of the movie is when the couple's son returns home from college and realizes that his mom has a new crush on Martin. This makes for a funny moment that's both sweet and somewhat embarrassing for Martin, but it also provides the basis for a friendship that continues throughout the rest of the movie. Another highlight is when Martin's daughter sends him a text saying she's been saving her bouquet of flowers for his birthday, which he immediately starts planning. Finally, when his son proposes to his girlfriend, Martin receives tons of texts, emails, and Facebook messages from all over the world. As you can see, this movie not only provided for some hilarious one liners but also cemented the friendship between Martin and the other characters.
One of the big reasons why this movie was a huge hit during Christmas is because it featured a lot of great actors playing meaningful supporting characters. Who doesn't like Jennifer Aniston, David Strathairn, or Drew Barrymore? These three actors play the lead roles in the movie, which allow them to experience the joys (and sadness) of raising a family in a time when real families are supposed to be together instead of separated. This makes for an incredibly touching film that just about anyone would feel proud to see in the cinemas during the holidays.
In addition to the above mentioned movie, another fantastic movie that I'd recommend is Invictus. Directed by Matt Damon, Invictus revolves around the life of a U.S soldier who joins the war in Iraq after getting out of prison and struggles with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). After a friendly-fire incident causes him to be paralyzed from the waist down, he goes to live with his aunt and uncle (John Krasinski and Julia Roberts). They try to help him deal with his grief and depression, but he refuses to participate in their ways, even as they force him to do so. When his Uncle tries to sell him into slavery to pay off his debts, he snaps and attempts to kill his Uncle, who is spared. He then vows to find a way to win back his life and become a hero.
All of these films and more are sure to make for a great Christmas Eve. While they may not be the most enjoyable viewing experience, they are sure to be close to the happiest season of my life. The memories and good times from my childhood have helped fuel my love of Christmas ever since I was a small child and are watching these films when they come to dominate the box office on Christmas Eve always puts me in the Christmas mood. I hope you all have as much fun as I do at Christmas time next year, and maybe some of your friends will join in on the fun as well.