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I don't know about you but Boxing Day at my house is spent eating left over Christmas dinner and party food with lots of dip. Although I won't be spending Christmas at home this year, I wanted to make a Netflix guide for Boxing Day. We always spend the day glued to the TV and we usually watch a few family favourites. Netflix is certainly a heavenly invention if you have to cater to your family from kids programmes to classic British sitcoms, the choices are endless. You can see my other Netflix playlists here. Let's get started! ♥
I will be totally honest, I only watched Home Alone last year. It was officially the first time I had seen it, despite growing up in the 90's. Even though I hadn't seen the entire film growing up, I think everyone knows the plot. Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home for Christmas when his parents fly to Paris and while he is enjoying the freedom of being at home by himself, two burglars break into the house and the craziness begins. This is definitely a Christmas movie favourite for most people, including adults and kids although Ifound it quite strange watching Joe Pesci in Goodfellas then flicking over to Home Alone...
Woody Allen voices Z, a socially awkward ant who always runs into trouble. He accidentally kidnaps the princess, becomes a fugitive and discovers a big conspiracy - pretty big stuff for an ant, right? Although this is aimed at children, I think the dry, sarcastic humour makes this film funny for all ages and I have lost count how many times I have watched it. The film also stars Jennifer Lopez and Sylvester Stallone.
This isn't really a film to watch with children but this film is one of my favourites. It is gripping from start to finish and if you are looking for a Boxing Day movie to sit back, eat and listen to Morgan Freeman then you've found your winner. The plot revolves around Andy Dufresne, a banker who has been convicted of murdering his wife after discovering she was having an affair. Although he protests his innocence the entire time, he is found guilty and sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary where he meets Red, played by Morgan Freeman. The story shows a brutal image of prison life and the struggle Andy faces. It really is emotional and some of the scenes are incredibly iconic. If you haven't watched Shawshank Redemption I definitely recommend you turn on Netflix now.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
I made my boyfriend watch this film a few weeks ago and after five minutes he didn't want to turn it off. I know for many people Jim Carrey is like marmite, you either love his style of comedy or you don't but Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is just magic. It is definitely family friendly and although the title gives a pretty big indication that the plot is quite dark, the film is comedy gold and the plot is incredibly gripping. The plot is based on 3 orphans having to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf, played by Carrey. He intends to steal their fortune and the craziness begins as they try to escape.