5-ish Movies to Watch to Get in the Holiday Spirit

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



The holiday season is fast approaching and nothing says “I’m a college student” like binge watching 31 movies in one week, amirite? These are a few movies about family, love and thankfulness to get you in the holiday spirit!

“Fast and the Furious 1-8”

What’s more Thanksgiving-y than a group of semi-criminals planning heists and racing cars? Honestly though, these movies have such a consistent theme of family and loyalty through the entire series and sometimes you just need a little more action in your life. (Feel free to skip “Tokyo Drift” though. That mug is pointless.)

Disney’s “Robin Hood”

Robin Hood’s idea of taking from the rich and giving to the poor is a fun take on the holiday spirit and teaches you to be grateful for what you have. Plus, what’s more “family” than Disney?

“Funny People”

This 2009 dramatic comedy stars a different side of Adam Sandler—a movie star/comedian who learns how to appreciate life and the people in it after being diagnosed with potentially fatal leukemia.

I haven’t actually watched it yet, but I’m planning to over break! It seems like a good “Friendsgiving” movie, focusing more on the family you choose.

“Bucket List”

A billionaire and a car mechanic form an unlikely friendship while fighting cancer in the same hospital room where they decide to complete a list of final adventures together before “kicking the bucket.” Whether it’s the first time or 6th, this movie shows the value of family, forgiveness and appreciating the every moment.

“Dan in Real Life”

This is one of my family’s favorite movies and definitely my top pick for all of you over break. Steve Carell plays a single dad bringing his three daughters to a family reunion in Rhode Island. It’s quirky and awkward and the family dynamic is so realistic anyone with a big family can relate. DON’T watch the trailer! Just trust me.

Theater Movies:

There are three movies coming to theaters over Thanksgiving break that you HAVE to watch! “Robin Hood”—watch the Disney version and then check out this new, super dope action rendition. “Creed II”—Michael B. Jordan plays Apollo Creed’s super jacked son being trained by Rocky Balboa himself. This second installment focuses on priorities and family, something I think a lot of us can struggle with. “Wreck It Ralph 2”—if you haven’t seen the first one, watch it RIGHT NOW. It’s all about owning who you are and learning to see yourself how your friends see you and the second one looks JUST as good.

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Movie Guy

Nicholas Morrison is a senior studying graphic design.