Five classic Simpson family holiday misadventures! Includes Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” Mr. Plow,” Miracle on Evergreen Terrace,” Grift of the Magi” and She of Little Faith.” 2003/color/92 min/NR/fullscreen.
For the Simpsons fan who has everything! While The Simpsons is more at home with Halloween horror, their Christmas episodes manage to (somewhat) warm the heart while staying true to the series’ subversive muse. “She of Little Faith,” to quote a disillusioned Lisa, “could not be more blasphemous,” but it does boast guest voice Richard Gere as Lisa’s Buddhist mentor. This collection also includes the vintage “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” which launched the series, the classic “Mr. Plow” (“Call Mr. Plow/That’s my name/That name again is Mr. Plow”), “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace,” and “Grift of the Magi,” with Gary Coleman making like Tiny Tim (“Whatchu talkin’ bout…everyone!”). As holiday host Krusty the Clown proclaims in “Magi,” this Simpsons stocking stuffer is guaranteed to give you and yours “a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a kwazy Kwanzaa, and a solemn and dignified Ramadan.” –Donald Liebenson