Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis have grown up to become two of the most beautiful and successful actresses in Hollywood, but once upon a time they were just struggling child stars taking whatever jobs they could land to get a foot in the door of the film industry. Two of their earliest films were rather festive fare with holiday themes, but their movies did not become the next "Home Alone" - in fact, they recently landed on Fandango's list of the Worst Christmas Movies of All Time.
Scarlett's 1997 movie was actually the third film in the "Home Alone" movie franchise, but "Home Alone 3" doesn't even star Macaulay Culkin. Instead it focuses on a completely different kid (Alex D. Linz) who gets left home alone during the holidays when he catches the chicken pox. His friendly neighbor gives him a remote control car that she got at the airport when she accidentally picked up the wrong luggage, but a group of international terrorists have hidden a microchip in the toy and attempt to get it back. So of course the wannabe Kevin McCallister has to defend his home with a series of elaborate and potentially deadly traps.
Scarlett was 12 years old when she landed a small part as the young hero's older sister, and perhaps moviegoers would have enjoyed the movie more if she'd been the one fighting the thieves - the film probably finished seventh on Fandango's list of the Worst Christmas Movies of All Time simply because it was just a rehash of the first two films (at least having a female heroine would have made it a little more different).
Scarlett has come a long way since her horrible Christmas movie. Now she has a movie hitting theaters just in time for the holidays that actually looks pretty decent - "We Bought a Zoo" might not be Christmas-themed, but plenty of families will probably check it out on Christmas day. Director Cameron Crowe's latest movie is about a family who tries to rebuild a rundown zoo, and it also stars Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, and Elle Fanning. Speaking of Elle, here's a fun fact about Scarlett's talented young costar - last year she also starred in a pretty terrible Christmas movie, although the bizarre and boring "The Nutcracker in 3D" didn't make Fandango's list.
Like Scarlett and Elle, Mila started her movie career when she was rather young. When she was 13 years old she starred in the extremely silly 1997 movie "Santa with Muscles," which featured wrestling legend Hulk Hogan as a mean and muscular millionaire who ends up thinking he's Santa Claus after he gets amnesia. He then tries to help save a group of orphans (which includes Mila) from losing their orphanage to an evil scientist. With the Hulk's horrible acting skills and a ridiculous plot, it's not surprising that Christmas movie fans disliked this star's holiday film a little bit more than Scarlett's - it finished fifth on Fandango's list. But luckily it wasn't a career killer - Mila would go on to be a TV success on "That '70s Show" before wowing moviegoers with her role in "Black Swan." And like Scarlett, She also sort of has a connection to the "Home Alone" franchise - she dated Macaulay for seven years.
Here's Fandango's complete list of the Worst Christmas Movies of All Time:
1. "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"
2. "Silent Night, Deadly Night"
3. "Jingle All the Way"
4. "Jack Frost"
5. "Santa with Muscles"
6. "Ernest Saves Christmas"
7. "Home Alone 3"
8. "Deck the Halls"
9. "Surviving Christmas"
10. "Christmas with the Kranks"
So what do you think of Scarlett and Mila's horrible Christmas movies? Do they deserve some merit for helping to launch these successful celebs' careers, or would the holidays be merrier without them?
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