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St. Patrick's Day movie marathon

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s a day of national Irish pride that also somehow gives people an excuse to vomit up their green beer by 10 a.m. If you’re looking to celebrate the Emerald Isle but don’t want to get stomach bile on your Adidas, here’s the alternative: Your four-leaf-clover wielding friends at EW have programmed a 24-hour movie marathon that will not only give you a full range of St. Paddy’s Day-related tie-ins, but also an excellent reason not to leave the house.

So stock up on snacks, grab some like-minded friends, and dive right in! The marathon begins at 10 p.m. on Saturday night and wraps up at 10 p.m. on Sunday night (just in time for a brand new episode of The Client List). Feel free to sneak in some e-mail checks and bathroom breaks in between titles, but no showering — though you’ll still smell better than the dude in the green Dr. Seuss hat double-fisting fifths of Jameson.

All of the films below are available via Netflix or iTunes, for your convenience. Away we go!


The Muppet Movie (1979)

For marathons like this, you have to start on a high note, so why not go with the movie that should have won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1979? (Deal with that, Kramer vs. Kramer!) Like the Irish, Kermit the Frog knows all about the difficulty of being green.


Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Here’s the thing: Most every movie in the Leprechaun franchise is awful, but how can you ignore one of the most iconic pieces of St. Patrick’s Day-related imagery? So it’s best to get this one out of the way. Some Leprechaun aficionados prefer the first film (possibly because of the presence of a pre-fame Jennifer Aniston), but the third is pretty charming in its utter lack of production values: Though the titular character arrives in Las Vegas (which allows for a ton of puns about luck), the bulk of this movie takes place not in casinos or fancy clubs but at a pawn shop just off the Strip.


Michael Collins (1997)

Why not wash the taste of Leprechaun out of your mouth with a genuinely excellent film about a great Irish hero. Liam Neeson plays Collins, who fought for Ireland’s independence and then strove to keep the country united. It’s lush, well-paced, and has a killer cast that includes Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Alan Rickman, and Stephen Rea.