People often think of family films, such as "Home Alone" and "It's a Wonderful Life," when they think of Christmas films. While these are often good movies, the are Christmas films for fans of other genres. Many Christmas movies are not family-oriented. An example of this is "The Long Kiss Goodnight," which came out in 1996.
"The Long Kiss Goodnight" stars Geena Davis as Samantha Caine, a wholesome school teacher who suffers from amnesia. The dedicated family woman lives with her husband and daughter. Samantha plays Mrs. Clause in the Christmas parade, which gets her face on television. In prison, an inmate with one eye sees her and identifies her as the person who attacked her when he lost his eye. Shortly after this, he escapes, finds Samantha, and tries to kill her. But she fights back and kills him. After this, she teams up with a detective (played by Samuel L. Jackson) to learn more about her past. They learn she was once a secret agent.
The action in "The Long Kiss Goodnight" is over-the-top and not very original, but it is still a lot of fun to watch. The movie has a lot of great conflict scenes. One is the first big fight, where the convict finds and tries to kill Samantha.
The performances are excellent. Geena Davis does a great job showing both sides of her character. One is a typical suburban mom and school teacher. The other is dangerous government agent. Samuel L. Jackson is also good as the detective. He has a lot of great dialogue.
"The Long Kiss Goodnight" is a lot of fun for people looking for a different kind of Christmas film.