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Jack Frost (1998)



Critic Consensus: Sentimental schmaltz and uninspired storytelling sink this film.

Movie Info

Jack Frost is the tale of a man who's trying to be a father, a husband, a breadwinner, and he's trying to do what he loves to do. Ultimately he realizes that if you don't pay attention to the people dearest in your life -- your family -- you could lose it all. Jack, an often-traveling blues musician, has spent little time with his son- then dies in a car accident and then realizes his mortal life mistake of not being there for his son. Then Jack "came to life one day" as a snowman to repair his lost time.more
Rating: PG (for mild language)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Steven Johnson, Steve Bloom, Jonathan Roberts, Jeff Cesario, Steven L. Bloom
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Michael Keaton
as Jack Frost
Kelly Preston
as Gabby Frost
Mark Addy
as Mac MacArthur
Joseph Cross
as Charlie Frost
Henry Rollins
as Coach Gronic
Mika Boorem
as Natalie
Andy Lawrence
as Tuck Gronic
Taylor Handley
as Rory Buck
Ahmet Zappa
as Snowplow Driver
Moon Zappa
as Uncredited (School T...
Dweezil Zappa
as John Kaplan
Andrew Lawrence
as Tuck Gronic
Benjamin Brock
as Alexander
Paul F. Tompkins
as Audience Member
Jay Johnston
as TV Weatherman
Jeff Cesario
as Radio Announcer
Scott Thomson
as Dennis's Dad
Jimmy Michaels
as Devil's Goalie
Ajai Sanders
as Interviewer
John Ennis
as Truck Driver
Wayne Federman
as Dave, Policeman
Golden Henning
as Bank Customer
Pat Crawford Brown
as Scorekeeper
Mr. Chips
as Chester the Dog
Denise Cheshire
as In-Suit Performer
Bruce Lanoil
as In-Suit Performer
Trevor Rabin
as Lead Guitarist
Lili Haydn
as Violinist
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Critic Reviews for Jack Frost

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (16)

Jack Frost is so treacly and fake it makes you feel like you're trapped in a winter-wonderland paperweight.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's just cheerful and bogus enough to keep children reasonably entertained.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

No story, not enough humor, a silly setup, and a guy in the snowman suit who looks like he didn't make the first cut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

January 1, 2000
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Its sentiment is rote, its truths are culled from a trip down the aisles of a greeting-card shop.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Jack Frost oozes the kind of fake warmth that gives family films a bad name.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic


Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jack Frost

Jack Frost: Why me... why a snowman? I mean, could the universe really be that unoriginal?

"He's the worlds coolest dad and he's gonna prove it."

Okay so Jack Frost is a sentimental movie that tugs on the heartstrings too much and tries to create emotional tearjerking moments too often. Still, I'll always have an appreciation for the movie, as it was a big part of my childhood. I loved this movie as a kid. Now, I see it for what it is; a movie that appeals to kids and nothing more. Still it has a nostalgia value with me that doesn't go away. I thought I'd watch it again now, at an older age because the movie so heavily criticized and I wanted to see why. I ended up enjoying the film for the most part even now. Sure it's overly sentimental, but it's a fucking kids movie. So fucking what a kids talking and hanging out with a snowman. I hear all these words to describe it, like creepy and weird. Nobody complains about Frosty the fucking snowman. This is a live action fairy tale, so it is what it is.

Jack Frost is a busy man. He's the front man for a blues band that is about to get signed and hit the big time. He also has a wife, Gabby, and a son, Charlie. Charlie is constantly being disappointed by his father. Jack doesn't show up for his hockey games because he's in the studio and when Jack promises to go away to a cabin for Christmas, Charlie is excited. A call from an agent telling Jack, the band is going to be signed puts a damper on this though. He has to go play for the label on Christmas. Halfway there he decides his family is more important and turns around. He crashes and dies and a year later, when Charlie plays his dads harmonica after making a snowman; Jack is resurrected in the form of that snowman.

While Jack Frost is nowhere near being considered a good movie, it's one that I enjoy even while I cringe at some of the more over the top sentimental and emotional moments.  There's much worse Christmas movies out there. It's a good movie for the kids, but adults who didn't watch it as a kid will more then likely hate it. The reviews speak for themselves.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


I loved Jack Frost as a kid. Now I just see it as satisfactory childrens christmas entertainment. Although uninspired it did however bring a smile to my face despite there being other, better christmas films.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Too sentimental and bad writing. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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