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ChrisVJ
22nd Dec 2017, 00:11
Since the kids left a few years ago Mrs VJ has pretty well gone off the rails. The last couple of years she has taken to watching Christmas films. Most of them have the same plot, several of them I swear the scripts are identical with just the scenery and the back ground actors changed and the same three or four actors in lead parts.

This year it has reached ridiculous heights. She went away to look after the grandchildren for a week or so and when she got back I counted 29 of the damned things on the PVR.

Is there a cure for this or am I doomed to it for all time?

jolihokistix
22nd Dec 2017, 03:00
Clumsily knock the PVR into the goldfish bowl?

visibility3miles
22nd Dec 2017, 04:20
Invite the grandchildren to your place and recreate the winter wonderland Christmas at home?

Invite the neighborhood kids in for hot cider or hot chocolate?

Buy a cat? Buy twenty cats?

troppo
22nd Dec 2017, 05:45
Bad Santa (2003).

SnowFella
22nd Dec 2017, 07:57
Die Hard (1988)

TWT
22nd Dec 2017, 08:16
Hmmm. Sounds like you need to get yourself a man cave.

RAT 5
22nd Dec 2017, 10:00
Is there a cure for this or am I doomed to it for all time?

I know it's extreme, but a conversion to Judaism, Buddhism, Hindu, etc might get you off the hook; but it could also be frying pan to fire. :ok:

Tankertrashnav
22nd Dec 2017, 17:44
Went to see Scrooge with Albert Finney in the title role at the flicks in 1970 and must have seen it at least once every Christmas since. Never tire of it - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it!

ricardian
22nd Dec 2017, 17:58
Went to see Scrooge with Albert Finney in the title role at the flicks in 1970 and must have seen it at least once every Christmas since. Never tire of it - Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it!

Better than "The Great Escape"

BlueDiamond
23rd Dec 2017, 07:00
Do something else while she is watching her films ... do you have a hobby you can get absorbed in? It sounds to me as though she is seriously missing something in her life and trying hard to make up for it; could you talk to her about that? Realistically there is no harm in her watching these films but there must be a reason behind this sudden "addiction" and perhaps you could help her come to terms with that. It does seem as though she is missing the presence of the younger family members and, for her, these films are a kind of compensation, especially at this time of year.

Been Accounting
23rd Dec 2017, 20:19
Only 7 stories in Hollywood!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Basic_Plots

G-CPTN
23rd Dec 2017, 20:26
Only 7 stories in Hollywood!

I believe the same is claimed about jokes.

chevvron
24th Dec 2017, 03:09
Bad Santa (2003).

Bought the wife a Bad Santa 2 DVD; can't wait to watch it.

KelvinD
24th Dec 2017, 11:18
I remember in the early 60s we used to be subject on an annual basis to "Sanders of the River" with Paul Robeson singing his blooming Canoe Song. My best mate and I used to parody this on the commute into Liverpool. We would each sit either side of the central aisle, mimic some furious canoe paddling and sing "Ayee Oko"! Well, we got a few smiles out of the normally grumpy buggers.

stagger
24th Dec 2017, 13:42
Since the kids left a few years ago Mrs VJ has pretty well gone off the rails. The last couple of years she has taken to watching Christmas films. Most of them have the same plot, several of them I swear the scripts are identical with just the scenery and the back ground actors changed and the same three or four actors in lead parts.

This year it has reached ridiculous heights. She went away to look after the grandchildren for a week or so and when she got back I counted 29 of the damned things on the PVR.

Is there a cure for this or am I doomed to it for all time?

I assume you mean Hallmark Christmas movies? They do indeed all have similar plots don't they?

E.g. career-focused businesswoman goes to snowy New England town (or Rocky Mountain resort) where she gets swept up in the joy of the season, discovers the true meaning of Christmas, and falls in love with a hunky local farmer/builder/baker who has shunned ambition to stay close to his family who are constantly baking gingerbread and engaging in other cute Christmas traditions.

There is no cure - but you can make it bearable by playing a Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game - down a shot each time any of the following happensÖ


Career-focused businesswoman makes a gingerbread house.
Career-focused businesswoman stumbles into the arms of hunky local farmer/builder/baker while ice skating.
Career-focused businesswoman sees hunky local farmer/builder/baker being kind to children and falls in love.
Carol singers coincidentally appear at a romantic moment.
Career-focused businesswoman and hunky local farmer/builder/baker stare into each other's eyes while hanging decorations on a tree.
Kissing makes it snow.
Hot shot business executive boyfriend from big city gets dumped for hunky local farmer/builder/baker.
Mother of hunky local farmer/builder/baker tells off father for eating too many Christmas treats.
Father of hunky local farmer/builder/baker has health scare (e.g. heart attack brough on by Christmas treats) that makes son reflect on the important of family (and propose to visiting career-focused businesswoman).

Groundgripper
24th Dec 2017, 17:08
down a shot each time any of the following happens

Even better idea, guess how many shots you will need and drink them all before the film starts, With any luck you won't wake up until after the closing credits.:E

GG

hiflymk3
24th Dec 2017, 19:37
Now come on. Who doesn't enjoy, It's a Wonderful Life?

11Fan
25th Dec 2017, 01:47
Die Hard (1988)

It's not Christmas until I see Hans Gruber plummet from the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Building.

Gertrude the Wombat
25th Dec 2017, 11:02
Most of them have the same plot, several of them I swear the scripts are identical
I used to think that about Star Wars films - Cowboys and Indians with spaceships, a few horseback (spaceship) chases, the saloon scene in the grotty dive full of dodgy characters, and burn the fort (death star) down at the end. Completely free of plot, character, or anything much else really.

But one of my kids got me to take him to see the new one. And it was different! Instead of being Cowboys and Indians it was James Bond, the differences being

(1) the saloon scene was in a high class casino rather than a low class dive, much more James Bond than Cowboys and Indians

(2) instead of blowing up a death start from the outside, there were several scenes of the baddie's lair being destroyed filmed from the inside, with one or two main characters escaping the destruction, again much more James Bond.

Of course the spaceship chases are James Bond car chases as much as they are Cowboys and Indians horseback chases. (Though to be fair the James Bond trademark disposable girl - the first one he gets off with in each film dies half way through - appeared to be missing.)

The lack of plot, characters, etc, was however unchanged.

Tankertrashnav
26th Dec 2017, 01:01
In spite of all the hype about the rap musical Hamilton which has just hit the West End, I am sure I would hate it.

On the other hand I watched Oklahoma on TV on Christmas Eve. Now that's a musical :ok:

longer ron
26th Dec 2017, 07:06
Now come on. Who doesn't enjoy, It's a Wonderful Life?

Me :)
I think it is the only Jimmy Stewart film/movie which I hate LOL

ChrisVJ
26th Dec 2017, 08:39
Blue Diamond. I am renovating the kitchen, including building the units from scratch so the films are accompanied by frequent reminders that I am not working hard enough, (just to rub it in.) If she is missing them, tonight should have filled the reservoir for a while. Five out of six plus spouses and three grandchildren (latest twelve weeks old is a cutie,) makes for a rowdy evening. Iíve notice my kids donít take turns speaking!

Stagger. I am guessing you know perfectly well those things all happen in every film. Iíd be permanently blotto.

Mallan
26th Dec 2017, 12:56
Das Boot, the directors cut 0900 this morning until 1300 with 12 minutes of advertisement an hour = 4hours of man viewing.

Tankertrashnav
26th Dec 2017, 23:57
I know it doesn't really count as a film but I watched The Snowman for the umpteenth time today. I'm a sucker for it purely as it reminds me of watching it when it first came out with my kids when they were all very young (in their 40s now).

Anyway it prompts my question - who sang Walking in the Air in the film? Most people get the answer wrong.

stagger
27th Dec 2017, 00:06
Stagger. I am guessing you know perfectly well those things all happen in every film. Iíd be permanently blotto.

Of course! That's the idea... :E

PC767
27th Dec 2017, 02:15
I know it doesn't really count as a film but I watched The Snowman for the umpteenth time today. I'm a sucker for it purely as it reminds me of watching it when it first came out with my kids when they were all very young (in their 40s now).

Anyway it prompts my question - who sang Walking in the Air in the film? Most people get the answer wrong.

Peter(?) Autry(?) I think, I suppose I could just google it.

Jetex_Jim
27th Dec 2017, 07:43
I believe the same is claimed about jokes.
And almost certainly Jet Blast posts.

Tankertrashnav
27th Dec 2017, 11:13
Well done PC 767 - not Aled Jones as most people assume. Poor chap didn't even get a mention in the credits. He apparently went on to a fairly successful operatic career, although never became a household name like the aforementioned Mr Jones.

Five out of six plus spouses and three grandchildren (latest twelve weeks old is a cutie,) makes for a rowdy evening

Are you a Mormon, ChrisVJ, or have I misunderstood your post?