This is one of my favourite movies and definately my favourite Christmas movie. Aside of being funny as what, it tackles a lot of important themes. Greed, the hypocricy of groupthink, the giant gap between rich and poor, racism and being betrayed by "friends" and falling from grace. Eventually, intellectual wit and true friendship win the day and provide a very satisfying happy end. Every time I watch this movie, I see new details of the rich world the directors have shaped. I learned a lot about the economy thanks to this movie. And the acting is superb. The way characters as Billy Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche) sometimes break the fourth wall is hilarious. Best line: the lovely and ever so proper Coleman on war path saying: "Egg nolk?"
Oh and I forgot about the superior soundtrack. Starting the movie with Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and images of the rich and the poor, the trading and the properous is nothing short of brilliant.