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Top Ten Not-Christmas, Well Sorta Movies: #10 Funny Farm

10.) Funny Farm

Christmas in July, already.  It’s hard to believe that we’re over halfway to the big day.  Time flies when you’re having fun.

Thinking about Christmas in July, it’s fun and it’s practice for some.  The staging point, a milestone and a little innocent fun to be had, but it’s not really Christmas.

That’s what got me thinking about movies set during Christmas, but not really about Christmas.  You know those movies that make a passing mention of the holiday or it’s outdoor scenes that are snow covered or you see the decorations, but it’s not integral to the plot.

So in honor of Christmas in July, I present the Top Ten Not-Christmas but Well Sorta Movies, beginning with:

Funny Farm

I have to take a mulligan on this one, I know that the majority of the flick is not set during Christmas, but there is a sustained sequence that just drives the snow covered, joy filled, Happy Holiday’s fun home, plus Chevy Chase is in it.  So I’ll give it a pass and let it begin our countdown at #10.

What’s it about:

“When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can’t imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of the country to write the Great American Novel. From the moment the movers’ truck gets lost with their furniture, though, there’s little peace and less quiet. From a maniacal mailman to a dead body buried in the garden, Andy is distracted by the town and its wacky inhabitants. His effort at a novel is mediocre, at best, and he’s threatened by Elizabeth’s foray into writing when she attempts a children’s book. Can the Farmers survive the townsfolk and each other?” (courtesy IMDB)

It truly is a funny movie, with a picturesque setting that may just light a flicker of a Christmas in July flame.


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