Ryan Reynolds' 12 favourite movies to watch during the holidays

Dec 21 2022, 10:59 pm

Ryan Reynolds is famous for many things. Being Blake Lively’s husband, an actor, and also a college dropout.

Formerly a student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Reynolds penned a blog post for his old school, published on Wednesday, December 21.

“Normally, we don’t share an exclusive holiday movie list from a former KKPU student on these pages, but we’ll make an exception for someone who knows a lot about them – storyteller, entrepreneur and life-long learner Ryan Reynolds,” wrote KPU.

“Even if he left KPU before completing his studies, we’re still fans because he has shown that every experience is a learning experience.”

In the post, Reynolds shares his favourite movies to watch during the holiday season. The films all either feature Reynolds himself or have a unique connection to him in some way.

No shade to the shameless self-promotion. We’re here for it. According to Reynolds, you should watch these movies in order before Christmas:

Ryan Reynolds’ Dirty Dozen Christmas Movie List

1. Buried (2010)

“The holidays are a time to get cozy around the fire, buried in your favourite blankets, connecting with long-lost loved ones. This movie lets you experience that feeling… and a bit more,” wrote Reynolds.

Buried movie

2. R.I.P.D. (2013)

“If ‘Jeff Bridges riding you as a horse while you both fall off a sky-scraper as he says one-liners’ isn’t on your Christmas wish list, you need to rewrite the one you currently have. But don’t actually watch it because it’s damn near unwatchable.”


3. Spirited (2022)

“Two words: Good Afternoon. Ok, now that’s four words. We’ll be at nineteen by the time this is over.”

4. Just Friends (2005)

“Nothing says Christmas quite like New Jersey. Or horror, depending how you view your high school sweetheart coming back into your life after a few years… And I swear you don’t want to skip over the toothpaste scene.”

Just Friends

5. Free Guy (2021)

“Guys in bunny suits. Taika Waititi as the evil guy. And Guy. Most importantly, it has Fantasy by Mariah Carey. Which qualifies it as a Christmas movie by association.”

Free Guy

6. Self/less (2015)

“Ben Kingsley pays for a new body. Sadly he gets me. It’s a really complicated White Elephant gift allegory, but a fun watch!”


7. The Change-Up (2011)

“I just realized Self/Less is the exact same plot as The Change-Up. And that one made this list so I guess this one should too.”

The Change Up

8. Deadpool 2 (2018)

“At its heart it’s a family film, and isn’t that what the season’s really about? Happy Holidays from the jolly man in a red suit. Ho ho ho.”


9. The Adam Project (2022)

“A favourite of mine that has kept me warm and fuzzy all year. It gives me the holiday feelings of love and family. But being punched by Mark Ruffalo was the real gift.”

the Adam Project

10. The Amityville Horror (2005)

“I know, I know. Most of you think this is a Thanksgiving movie. But with all the ghosts, to me this just screams Christmas.”


11. Mississippi Grind (2015)

“Unlike the other films on this list, this isn’t a Christmas movie at all but Ben Mendelsohn is just pure brilliance and right for any time of the year. ”

12. Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)

“With all due respect to Empress Carey, this is the official kick off to the Holiday Season.”

ICYMI, Reynolds loves this film, and his studio is putting together a documentary about John Candy’s life.

What do you think of Reynolds’ movie picks?

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