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Holiday movies tend to revolve around Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, the Fourth of July, and very occasionally Easter. With the hundreds of other national holidays, though, there are plenty of possibilities for other minor holiday-themed movies. Read on for 8 films based on holidays that are otherwise under-represented in cinema.
April Fool’s Day – April Fool’s Day was a teen slasher comedy pre-dating Scream and Cabin in the Wood, and the film’s big twist is an epic prank worthy of the film’s title.
Groundhog Day – Before the Bill Murray comedy, Groundhog Day was an odd little holiday, if it could even be called a holiday. Groundhog Day changed that and transcended the label of a “holiday movie” to become a comedy classic and a sweet tale of redemption.
Leap Year – Leap Year is based on a supposed Irish tradition where a man cannot refuse a wedding proposal on Leap Day. Amy Adams tests this tradition by traveling to Dublin, intending to propose to her boyfriend, but her plans are foiled by a handsome Irish innkeeper played by Matthew Goode.
The Princess and the Frog – The Princess and the Frog isn’t an obvious holiday movie, but the celebration of Mardi Gras and the parade through New Orleans is a major part of breaking the Shadow Man’s curse.
Ash Wednesday – This lesser-known 2002 crime drama takes place on Ash Wednesday and revolves around two brothers and a long-standing feud with the local mob.
Labor Day – The 2013 Jason Reitman drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin takes place over Labor Day weekend and is named for the holiday.
Pentecost – Nominated for Best Live-Action Short Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, Pentecost is about an Irish boy asked to serve as a last-minute altar boy at an important mass.
Empire Records – Don’t tell me that Rex Manning Day isn’t a holiday. Not today, not on Rex Manning Day.