The Christmas comedy The Grinch is based on the 1957 book How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, the 2018 film follows the misadventures of the Grinch as he becomes frustrated with the Christmas spirit in Whoville. With the help of his dog Max, he embarks on a mission to destroy the villagers’ festive mood. He becomes a spoilsport to ruin the happy party.
Famous actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams lent their voices to the main characters. The film embodies the spirit of Christmas and is perfect for the holidays. If you would like to see more movies that depict the merry Christmas with some hurdles to disrupt the festivities, then you can check out the movies on this list! You can watch most of these movies similar to The Grinch on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Night Before (2015)
Directed by Jonathan Levine, the Christmas comedy tells the story of three friends who traditionally spend Christmas Eve together. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie play the roles of three childhood friends. The film is full of drug use and illegal activities that take their last traditional celebration in an ugly direction. But despite all the obstacles, The Night Before is an ode to the friendship and support that binds the trio together. Also, the spirit of Christmas that eventually brings everyone together can be found in both The Grinch and The Night Before.
7. Four Christmases (2008)
Seth Gordon’s ‘Four Christmases’ is another comedy film centered around the joyful holiday season. Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) are forced to visit their divorced parents for Christmas. After their own plans are cancelled, the couple travel to all four divorced parents to be with them at Christmas. Just as the Grinch uses all kinds of tricks to cancel Christmas and disrupt the celebrations, Brad and Kate do whatever it takes to avoid their parents and their overbearing families. The couple flee their respective families as they cannot bear the stress and pressure of family discussions.
6. Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
Brad and Dusty reprise their roles in the sequel to Daddy’s Home. The comedy, directed by Sean Anders, stars Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. Brad and Dusty try their best to make Christmas perfect, but when their dads visit them for the holiday, their plans go awry. The relationship between them and their fathers is difficult, and with the surprise visit, they have to deal with the consequences. The moral of The Grinch and Daddy’s Home 2 is very similar: families get together and enjoy the spirit of the happy holiday.
5. Office Christmas Party (2016)
Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the holiday comedy follows manager Josh (Jason Bateman) who throws a big party to save the brand and his employees’ jobs. With a talented ensemble cast, the film is like a huge party party on one of the happiest holidays – Christmas. The party becomes the talk of the town as it escalates to exorbitant levels. Just as the Grinch spoils the villagers’ Christmas by stealing decorations and gifts, Josh’s boss does the same when she cancels the company’s most anticipated Christmas party. Eventually, the employees team up to throw the party and save Christmas.
4. Santa Claus (1994)
The festive comedy continues with The Santa Clause, in which Scott Calvin, just an ordinary man, agrees to help Santa Claus. What he doesn’t know is that he’s signing up to be the next Santa by donning the Santa Claus outfit. Scott doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, but as he helps him, he struggles with his beliefs and has to come to terms with his new identity. John Pasquin’s film focuses on people’s beliefs and the childhood experiences that shape them into adults. This is very similar to the Grinch as he grows up not liking Christmas because he has no one to celebrate it with. He hates being alone and neglected while everyone else around him is with their loved ones and having the time of their lives.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Jeremiah S. Chechik directed the third installment in National Lampoon Magazine’s Vacation film series. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid, the slapstick comedy is based on the short story Christmas ’59 by John Hughes. It tells the story of Christmas in the Griswold family and the chaos that followed. Although Clark plans to have a great party with his family, it ends in chaos when plans go awry. Grinch and Clark’s intentions are different, but the subsequent chaos created by their actions is very similar.
2. Deck The Halls (2006)
John Whitesell’s Deck The Halls is a family film that follows Steve and Buddy as they compete to have the best Christmas decoration in town. Their only goal in decorating their houses is to outdo each other and have the most beautiful Christmas house in town. The resulting rivalry between the two fathers is hilarious and leads to a game of sabotage. In both films, The Grinch and Deck The Halls, Christmas decorations play an important role. One protagonist steals them while the other two main characters try to outdo each other to be the best.
1. A Bad Mom’s Christmas (2017)
This Christmas comedy is a sequel to the movie Bad Moms and revolves around the lives of disgruntled mothers who are tired of organizing Christmas for their families. They rebel against it and flee to take a break from the stress. Things are turned upside down when their mothers come to visit them. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the film stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. A Bad Moms Christmas focuses on the depth of the mother-daughter relationship and how it affects their life together. Similarly, The Grinch is about how little Cindy wishes to help her mother, Donna, who is overworked during the holidays.