There are many great Christmas films that are not aimed at families. An example of this is the comedy "Trading Places," which came out in 1983. No adorable children populate this film.
"Trading Places" stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. Aykroyd plays Lewis Winthorpe, a snobbish rich man who works for the Duke Brothers (played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche). They run a commodities brokerage firm. The Duke Brothers make a bet with each other on what would happen if Lewis lost his job, his home, and his friends, and what would happen if a street hustler (played by Murphy) was put in his place.
"Trading Places" is a very funny movie with great performances. Eddie Murphy provides a lot of laughs, especially in early scenes where he is pretending to be blind and have no legs. Dan Aykroyd is also funny, showing how snobby Lewis is. Another great performance is from Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays a financially savvy hooker who allows Lewis to live with her when he loses everything.
The movie has many memorable scenes. One scene shows Lewis, dressed in a dirty Santa suit, attending the type of gathering he once hosted, and he steals a lot of food in order to have a meal.
"Trading Places" can introduce younger audiences to Murphy, Aykroyd, and Curtis at an early time in their careers, and it is a lot of fun to watch at Christmas.