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Let’s All See a Movie

December 25, 2009

Admittedly I don’t know a ton about Christmas.  Happy Christmas, by the way.  But I do know that pretty much everything is closed except for movie theaters and some Chinese restaurants – although that seems to be loosening up a bit.

I also know that it can’t just be us Jews who go see movies on Christmas Day.  There are just not enough of us to make those record-breaking holiday box-office receipts.

So here’s a question: Do you really want to go see Alvin and the Chipmunks with the kids?  After shelling out all that money for gifts, do you really want to spend more on an underwhelming over-hyped spectacle?  (I’ll give you a pass if you are planning to see Avatar, Up in the Air or Princess and the Frog.)

“But watching a movie on Christmas Day is part of our family’s tradition.”

Well, I have the answer for you.  Plus it won’t cost you a dime.  And, if you are reading this on a non-mobile device, you should have all the technology that you need.

Here it is.

“Wait a minute.  Is this a movie about food?”
Well, um, yes.  Yes it is.  And it’s a documentary too.
But it’s important.  And you should see it even if you have seen Food Inc.

Kids will not go for it.  But aren’t they now bedecked with new toys?  Can’t you just lock them in their rooms and tell them to play with their booty?

Plus watching it will help to give you some background to an area of my fussiness that hasn’t really been cracked open in the past several months.  I hope to explore more of the themes from the movie in the year to come.

OK.  My sermon is over.

Even if you decide not to watch the movie, if you are not familiar with Hulu you should browse around the site.  There is incredible content that is free and legal.  At least it is free for now.  Enjoy it while you can.

It even has classic animated Christmas shows for kids.  So set the kids in front of the computer, pop some organic popcorn (you’ll understand if you watch the documentary), and spare yourself from Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Seriously.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    December 25, 2009 2:28 pm

    Or head to the 92 street Y in the lower east side to catch a double feature of Mel Brooks movies that includes an all you can eat Chinese buffet.

  2. Aunt Ass permalink
    December 28, 2009 3:04 am

    As the mother of a preteen daughter, I have endured one Chipmunk movie and will take her to see the squeakquel when she returns home from spending the holidays with her father. Alvin and his brothers are foodies in their own way. I will have to report back on the current trends in digitized chipmunk cuisine.

  3. Aunt Ass permalink
    December 28, 2009 7:57 am

    I am shaping myself into an agricultural and food historian, so I will watch this movie on hulu when I have a spare 90 minutes. In the mean time, I recommend the documentary “King Corn.”

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