This past week, to get you ready for the ultimate Christmas-themed binge-watching session, we shared a list of Netflix holiday moves made by women. Even with those great options to pick from (I mean, puppies and ghost boyfriends? What else do you need?), we couldn’t stop there. Here are five more Netflix holiday movies made by women to add to your list:
1. Holiday Engagement
Badass Woman involved: Producer Tosca Musk
Holiday Engagement touches on that all-too familiar pressure of convincing our older relatives that we aren’t going to die alone surrounded by cats and Lean Cuisine. Main character Hillary is dumped by her fiancé right before the holidays and can’t stand the thought of telling her family. So she does the only reasonable thing she can think of and hires a man to pose as her fiancé for a weekend at her parents’ house. Regardless of its clichés, Holiday Engagement checks all the boxes for a light-weight night in spent cuddling and watching movies.
You can watch the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2041947929?playlistId=tt1807892&ref_=tt_ov_vi
2. The Princess Switch
Badass Women involved: Writers Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger
So, I was a little skeptical coming into this one because I’m not exactly the world’s biggest Vanessa Hudgens fan (High School Musical just wasn’t my thing). However, I’ll admit, the movie is cheesy in all the right ways. It’s like The Parent Trap meets Christmas meets the Princess Diaries, but with a fourth of the budget. The fact that it’s written entirely by two women isn’t lost on me either and perhaps that’s partially why all the gratuitous love scenes and hijinks feel more endearing than annoying.
You can watch the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2063055385?playlistId=tt8954732&ref_=tt_ov_vi
3. The Star
Badass Woman involved: Producer Jenni Magee-Cook
Here’s a terribly kept secret: I love animated movies. The Star is a perfect guilty pleasure film to satisfy your inner child. Bo, a dopey but brave donkey is tired of his boring life, so he seeks out adventure in the great unknown. He’s joined by a lost sheep named Ruth and a dove with big dreams named Dave. The three of them (along with some fantastically sarcastic camels) accidentally become the heroes of the first Christmas. I really can’t say enough wonderful things about this film.
Bask in the glory of the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi174766361?playlistId=tt4587656&ref_=tt_ov_vi
4. Christmas with a View
Badass Woman involved: Author Teresa Southwick’s
Christmas with a View is everything you want in a feel-good film. The movie, based on the novel The Maverick’s Homecoming by author Teresa Southwick, places Clara Garrison, celebrity chef fresh from a failed restaurant endeavor, in a quaint ski lodge. There she finds friendship, the true meaning of the holidays, and an attractively boyish man named Shane. I recommend this one for a movie night with the girls.
Find the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8041006/videoplayer/vi2801515033?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1
5. A Very Murray Christmas
Badass Woman involved: Director Sofia Coppola
With a tagline like “We wish you a Murray Christmas,” it’s hard to see why anyone would dislike Bill Murray’s 2015 holiday special. The film follows a loose plot centered on Murray hosting a Christmas special he is afraid no one will attend. Throughout the film, Murray travels around New York City interacting with French chefs, an abandoned bride, and Miley Cyrus–all singing Christmas Carols. It’s a mess, but it’s a fun mess. Murray may have made some questionable comments in the past, but his choice to have Sofia Coppola direct the endeavor and include well-known feminists like George Clooney, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph makes this a guilt-free splurge you can binge again and again.
Check out the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4293571097?playlistId=tt4537842&ref_=tt_ov_vi
There you have it: ten Netflix holiday movies made by women that are totally worth binging this holiday season. From an animated movie about a donkey to an 1800s romance at odds with the birth of electricity, there’s something for everyone on the list.
What did you think of the films that made the cut? Do you think there’s a Netflix holiday move made by women that we left out? Let us know in the comments, or simply curl up on the couch and watch it, supporting women in the film industry!
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