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Get that popcorn ready! These holiday movies may feature an accountant, but you don’t have to be one to enjoy them.

Holiday | TV/Film

6 movies you probably didn’t know feature an accountant 

From a just-dumped finance professional looking for purpose to a number-crunching widow falling in love, you don’t want to miss these movies.

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The holidays are a time for watching and re-watching classic films. Here are a few well-known (and some not so well-known) movies to see with your family.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)

After his father dies, George Bailey (James Stewart) is forced to take over the family business, which helps working-class families realize their dream of owning a home. Unfortunately, Mr. Potter, a commercial competitor and the richest man in town, is intent on making life hard for George. Worse still, George’s accountant (his uncle) loses the $8,000 he was supposed to deposit at the bank on his nephew’s behalf. Everything is going so wrong on this sad Christmas Eve that George considers suicide. Luckily, heaven is watching and sends an angel named Clarence to change his mind. This timeless film, directed by Frank Capra, is full of humanity. 

Bach et Bottine (Bach and Broccoli) (1986)

When her grandmother is moved to a nursing home, orphan Fanny (Mahée Paiement) is sent to live with her estranged uncle, Jean-Claude (Raymond Legault). Set in his ways, bachelor Jean-Claude is an amateur musician who is busy preparing for a Bach music competition and has little time for his new ward. It’s no surprise that the arrival of young Bottine and her pet skunk forever changes the life of this sensible accountant (there’s no shortage of accountant stereotypes on the big screen!). Directed by André Melançon, this is one of Quebec cinema’s must-see films.

Moonstruck (1987)

Does the moon hold special power over people? It would seem so for Loretta Castorini (played by Cher in her Best Actress Oscar-winning performance), who just after getting engaged, falls in love with her fiancé’s younger brother (Nicolas Cage). The level-headed Loretta (an accountant by day!) is anything but when it comes to love. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

In this adaptation of A Christmas Carol, The Muppet Show’s Gonzo takes on the role of Charles Dickens. The plot: it is Christmas Eve, and the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who orders him to follow the spirits that will visit him that night or suffer his fate! The accountant Bob Cratchit in this tale is none other than Kermit the Frog. A loyal employee, loving husband to Miss Piggy and devoted father to his little frogs and piglets, Kermit is the film’s most endearing character. 

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)

Edward Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) runs a magical toy shop—the toys are alive, which explains its success since 1770. But, at age 243, Mr. Magorium decides to retire from the business and hand over the reins to the young Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), a dedicated, albeit, slightly insecure employee. All goes well until a rather stern, highly inquisitive accountant (Jason Bateman) is hired to assess the store’s value. While Molly is ready to co-operate, the store revolts.

The Christmas Choir (2008)

Dumped less than three weeks before Christmas by his fiancée for being a workaholic and emotionally detached accountant, Peter Brockman (Jason Gedrick) meets Bob (Tyrone Benskin) at a lounge while drowning his sorrows. Conversation touches on Peter’s long-lost dream of becoming a musician with Bob eventually inviting Peter to his home for dinner. Turns out, Bob lives in a homeless shelter and the meeting inspires Peter to re-evaluate his life. Moved by the Christmas spirit, Peter (being a good accountant with a plan) decides to help Bob and his “family” by forming a choir at the shelter. Filmed in Montreal, this made-for-TV movie is inspired by a true story.