Most people who grew up in the '90s have fond memories of their adolescence being dominated by handheld virtual pets, watching TGIF on ABC and taking those special trips to the video store in the pre-Netflix and RedBox era to rent their favorite movies.
Around the holiday season, a lot of those rentals included Christmas movies.
Here is a list of five yuletide standards that any true child of the '90s can appreciate:
“Jingle All the Way”
Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1980s and 1990s, so you should expect nothing less than greatness when he brings his action movie-honed thespian skills to a family film about a workaholic father trying to get his son the perfect Christmas gift: The coveted and hard-to-find TurboMan action figure. Despite being based on a fictional character within a fictional setting, TurboMan toys are still selling for more than $200 on eBay 20 years after the film was released, which provides a tiny bit of insight into the film’s overall appeal to Millennials.
“A Christmas Story”
Ralphie’s mom screeching, “You’ll shoot your eye out!,” is probably etched into the memory banks of anyone who has watched this movie about the aforementioned main character’s desire to receive a Red Ryder BB Gun as Christmas present. While this movie came out in the early 1980s, TBS’ constant marathons of a "Christmas Story" have made it a pretty inescapable part of the Christmas season, which is not a complaint.
“Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
The first “Home Alone” film was a star-making vehicle for MaCaulay Culkin, its young lead, but it also appealed to every young viewer who rooted for his character to outwit the bad guys in comedic fashion and who also felt neglected and unappreciated by their families. The sequel delivered much of the same, except that our hero, Kevin McCallister, is torturing the would be burglars in his uncle’s under construction brownstone in New York. Both films had to be included because choosing one or the other is like sacrificing your left hand to save your right hand.
“The Santa Clause”
With the exception of being the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” franchise, playing Santa in "The Santa Clause" feature film series is Tim Allen’s most memorable film role. Although the sequels weren’t good, the original is a fun Christmas movie that still holds up.
Probably the most controversial choice on this list, but like it or not “Die Hard” is a Christmas film! Bruce Willis as Det. John McClane is just a man looking to reconnect with his family — on Christmas — when he’s unexpectedly called into duty to stop a terrorist organization that’s holding an entire office building hostage, including his estranged wife. In the end, McClain takes down all the bad guys, befriends another down-on-his-luck cop and rides off into the metaphorical Los Angeles' sunset happily reunited with his wife — isn't that what Christmas is all about?