Christmas Movie Marathon: Red State Subversion

by Lewis Manalo

This holiday season, when you’re stranded, staring at your relatives with nothing to say to each other, remember that the remedy to your boredom is just a DVD player away. Nothing will keep you from feeling obligated to speak to each other like some good, ol’ film de cinema.

If you have the poor fortune of getting stuck visiting relatives (or in-laws) in one of the Red States, do you part to bring peace on Earth and make it a marathon of those movies that are guaranteed to subvert their conservative expectations.

1. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby


Nothing says Red State like stock car racing. Adam McKay, Will Ferrel, and company will reel them in with fast cars and hot Southern gals, then send them off with a moral about accepting gay French people as human beings.

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2. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Yeah, they’ll go in thinking it’s a movie about being young and cool in New York City, but they’ll be busy having fun when they realize it’s really about being young and cool and Jewish with non-stereotypical gay friends in New York City.

3. Love Actually


Wow. This movie poses as a harmless romantic comedy, but it has gay love, miscegenation, a soft core film shoot, group sex, and more, all show in a positive light. Your Red State relatives will be too busy feeling warm and fuzzy inside to realize that they’re watching all the things their preacher says will send them to Hell.

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4. Golden Compass

Yes, it really is anti-Catholic Church.  Decide for yourself if this will subvert how your relatives feel.

5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

It’s cuddly Audrey Hepburn and Hannibal from The A-Team! Your Aunt Grace already loves this movie. Who cares that it’s about two prostitutes who fall in love?

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