You may have noticed that two of the biggest holiday movies of 2012 — “Django Unchained” and “Les Miserables” — have decidedly non-festive themes. Two of those films stars, Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson, noticed this too. But which film is more depressing? The only way to find out is, obviously, a “sad off.”

“Django,” a violent film from Quentin Tarantino, deals with slavery and a whole lot of bloodshed. “Les Miserables,” on the other hand, takes its inspiration from a depressing-but-beloved musical based on a super-sad, political-commentary novel written by Victor Hugo. A lot of people die in horrible ways in both of them.

So which is worse?

Funny or Die has given both Hathaway and Jackson the chance to make their cases for having the most depressing holiday movie of 2012. In the end, however, they realize that both beating slaves and prostitutes can bring in the spirit of the season. More or less. They may have been influenced by the Yule Log in this.

Point by point, who has the best case?

Anne Hathaway — “Les Miserables”

  • The movie’s title means “The Miserable [People].”
  • No one in the film starred in a WB sitcom.
  • Fantine’s pretty hair gets cut off with a knife.
  • French prostitutes have never held high political office in this country. (Even if they have paid visits to the White House.)
  • Depressing job in a factory gets lost.
  • “Vive la France!” is an awesome chant.
  • Fantine loses her child.
  • People get beaten to death and have their heads blown off.
  • A woman with consumption has to sing while she dies.

Samuel L. Jackson — “Django Unchained”

  • It’s about slavery.
  • No one in the film was ever a Disney princess.
  • Samuel L. Jackson has no hair.
  • Being a black man in the South in the 1800s wasn’t much fun.
  • They’re slaves.
  • Millions of people died during slavery.
  • People get beaten to death and have their heads blown off and get ripped apart by dogs.

Which movie do you think is more depressing?

Posted by:Laurel Brown