Each year I talk about all the films I have to watch on the lead up to Christmas. Last year I was pretty glum about missing the Muppets Christmas Carol window trying to cram everything else in. Of course my favourite Christmas film, apart from the Muppets is Santa Claus: The Movie with John Lithgow as the toy factory owner villain. I used to watch it all the time when I was younger and during Uni I had nostalgic phase and was delighted to find out that it wasn't just me and my sister who loved it. It was during Uni and after that I just had to watch these Christmas films. More and more have been added to the list with even a drinking game made out of one.
For those are not familiar, the story is this, two extremely wealthy brothers who own a commodities brokerage, decide to make a bet. They switch two people's lives and see how they react. One is Winthorpe, their employee, wealthy, educated, successfull and a typical snob. The other is Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) who is poor and resorts to street hustling. When they are switched, chaos reigns on both. It's brilliantly written and Aykroyd and Murphy make a great duo, later on in the film. My favourite scenes are obvious the drunk Winthorpe hitting rock bottom, dressed as Santa, trying to eat a whole salmon on the bus. The other would be the New Year's train journey where the group are dressed up in various ridiculous outfits.