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The Joy of Giving (and Getting)
by Tim Josephs

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What is Christmas if not a time to count your blessings and to reflect about the birth of our lord and savior- Screw that, Christmas is about gifts: giving, getting, playing with your new loot. So in the spirit of the season, here are movies where gifts played a part.

Best movie with "Gift" in the title:

THE GIFT - Though it's about a psychic gift and not an actual gift.

Best pet gift:

GREMLINS - Gizmo was great until, well, all that other stuff happened.

Worst pet gift:

THE GODFATHER - Horse's head

Best prophetic gift:

A CHRISTMAS STORY - Ralphie finally gets his Red Ryder BB gun and then shoots his eye out with it (or at least he thinks

Most politically incorrect gift:

THE TOY - The rich, white boy is given a poor black man to basically use as his slave. How the hell did this movie get made again?

Worst birthday gift:

CHILD'S PLAY - Good Guy doll Chucky possessed by a serial killer.

Best gift used as a reference for another movie:

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF - "I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign?" (A nod to WAR GAMES if I'm not mistaken)

Worst Mother's Day gift:

LITTLE OTIK - A woman unable to get pregnant, is given by her husband a tree stump that kind of resembles a child. And then of course the stump comes to life and
starts eating people.

Worst jewelry gift:

LORD OF THE RINGS - Frodo gets a gift he doesn't want and his long, arduous task to destroy it is symbolic of having to go back to the mall and wait on the "Returns" line.

Best clothing gift:

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS - I haven't seen this one but I think there are pants being passed around? (If it's anything like a movie I did see called SISTERS WHO TRAVEL WITHOUT PANTS, then there are a lot of gifts being given.)

Best imaginary gifts:

THE WIZARD OF OZ - I think we all know this one. Dorothy gets the ruby slippers and her odd friends get a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.

that should be thoroughly cleaned before handling:

PULP FICTION - Butch's watch

Most tear-jerking gifts:

MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS - Mr. Holland sings a song for his deaf son and at then at the end gets his titular opus performed for him.

Best food gift/Best gift returned to a douche bag:

THE GOONIES - Chunk give his Baby Ruth to Sloth, and Andy, once she realizes she is in fact a Goonie, returns Troy's varsity jacket.

Perhaps the greatest gift ever:

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE - Harry gets his father's invisibility cloak from Dumbledore and now it turns out it might be one of the Deathly Hallows? It's all very confusing.

Happy Holidays!

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Mike Thomas
Dec 21, 2010 8:17 PM
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"Best gift used as a reference for another movie:

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF - "I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign?" (A nod to WAR GAMES if I'm not mistaken)"

I've watched FERRIS BUELLER a hundred times and never made that connection! Good tangential thinking!

Now connect that movie to Kevin Bacon!

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Thoughts, observations, conjectures, complaints about movies and mostly how they relate to me personally. If you're looking for something a little broader, try Ebert.

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Tim Josephs
Born to write (literally much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.

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