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Christmas movie: Bernard and The Genie

I’m very excited, this year my favorite Christmas movie finally came out on DVD! Bernard and The Genie was a movie stumbled across by accident one year when I’d come home from college for the Christmas break and my college sleeping schedule meant I wasn’t going to fall asleep until 1 a.m. at the earliest. Bravo (I think) was showing this strange movie and I only watched because Rowan Atkinson is in it. I knew I’d like the movie when the main character, played by Alan Cumming, is dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his job in the first five minutes.

The movie was made in 1992 and is a particular brand of good/bad that I’m sure is tempered by my feelings that this film has become my very own tradition. According to the Amazon reviews the quality of the movie, which was originally made for television, in 1992 remember, is not so great on DVD (I have not opened mine yet) so you might want to look for a copy in a mom and pop video store if you’re curious, I don’t think it’s worth splurging on. But it certainly is making me happy.

· comments [10] · 12-16-2008 · categories:christmas · things I think are neat ·

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  • 1 Amy's Stocking Stuffers // Dec 16, 2008 at 9:05 am

    (Apologies if this posts twice — didn’t seem to go through the first time….)

    Too funny! I thought I was the only person who had seen this! I was going to post about it on my stocking stuffers blog, but thought I better re-watch first to see if it holds up to my memory of it. I ordered it from Amazon a week or so ago. Too bad it’s not priced lower so people would be more comfortable taking a chance on it.

    Happy Holidays!

  • 2 Wende // Dec 16, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Netflix?? :D Wonder if they’ll get it in.

  • 3 Megan // Dec 16, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    The cover alone is funny.

  • 4 Rebekah // Dec 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I also had thought I was the only one who had ever seen this movie. I’ve never met anybody else who has seen it. The bit with the Genie and the ice cream kills me.

  • 5 Nancy // Dec 17, 2008 at 8:56 am

    We LOVE this movie–watching it together has been one of our Christmas traditions since we first saw it on BBC America years ago. We loaned our VHS copy to so many people that the inevitable finally happened–we forgot where it was and it never came home. As soon as I saw this post I went straight to Netflix to try to get the DVD. Alas, they acknowledge its existence but don’t actually have it.

    Best line: “On second thought, I wish she wasn’t.”

  • 6 Rach // Dec 18, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Oooh oooh oooh. I love this film. Watched it at school before Christmas in 1993, and loved it, but never heard of it again. Even here in the UK you are usually met with blank looks when you mention it. Last year I found the DVD on and ordered it (the $ to £ exchange rate was a bit kinder then!). Yes the quality isn’t great but its such a feelgood film. I was so glad to finally get to watch it again! Need to watch it again before christmas I think. My favourite bit is when the kid comes out of Santa’s grotto as Gary Lineker (not sure you’ll know who he is, but hey!)

  • 7 donner // Dec 18, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I borrowed this movie from a coworker about 15 years ago and never gave it back…he never asked for it, I think he forgot it…I’ve been waiting for it on DVD and am happy to have it again to watch…its the best! Bot-tle Bot-tle

  • 8 donner // Dec 18, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    “The Kittens! Eggbert and Peewee!”

  • 9 Molly // Dec 27, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Ha! This is one of the best Christmas movies ever! My sisters hate and I make them watch it every year!!!

  • 10 Lotus666 // Mar 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Saw this movie years ago when my kids were little. Recorded it on a VHS tape meaning to scrub it when watched…never did. It was treasured year after year.

    Split from my ex now, and living in the UK (not Australia) anymore, and can’t get this on DVD unless it’s Region 1/USA.

    When, oh when, oh WHEN is it ever going to be re-released here in the UK, or at least played. It definitely needs another airing. It is classic feel good crimbo fare, and Henry/Atkinson/Cummings are just absolutely brilliant in their roles.

    Many thumbs up for this one!

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