With the festive season firmly here, you might be dreading another load of films centred on Santa. Christmas movies can be a bit twee, but it's ok if feel-good films are your idea of hell, there's a whole heap of road movies that offer an alternative. For the motorheads who loved films like Drive, The Motorcycle Diaries and On The Road, you could splash your cash on a new car with all the great car finance deals and the great new car offers available at the moment and avoid the cheesy films entirely by spending less time in front of the flat screen and more time in your car visiting friends and family (after all that is what Christmas is about). The good news for those who like a bit of both is there are a few fantastic Christmas movies that offer both epic journeys, plenty of laughs and the obligatory Christmas moral:
- Trains, Planes and Automobiles – Desperate to get to Chicago from New York for thanksgiving, Steve Martin's anxious advertising exec Neil Page manages to get stuck with John Candy's Del Griffin, the talkaholic shower curtain ring salesman from hell. Their three-day trip in tandem is pure comedy gold.
- Just Friends – Ryan Reynolds' Chris is trying to get to Paris with nightmarishly neurotic singer Samantha James (Anna Faris) in tow. Unfortunately for him, he actually ends up in New Jersey and no matter what form of transport he tries, there seems no way of escaping the town he tried so hard to get away from as a teenager!
- The Road to Christmas – Claire Jameson is a fashion photographer stuck in Middle America on route to Aspen for her Christmas wedding. Having to hitch a lift, she ends up travelling with a rough and ready teacher and his daughter, on a journey that will change all their lives forever.
- Home Alone I and II – It's not strictly a road movie, but Home Alone I and II are certainly full of journeys with Kevin's parent's flying all over, from Paris, Chicago and New York to track down the son they don't seem to be able to keep tabs on.
- Bridget Jones' Diary – Bridget Jones is the ultimate movie if you want to see a middle aged woman getting herself in a fix in various automobiles. Whether she's struggling with her hair in a convertible or careering through the snow to declare her undying love, there's plenty of laughs to be had at Bridget trying to get from a to b.
So check out these films for a little Christmas cheer without the cheese!