Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Ernest Saves Christmas


No critic reviews yet...


Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Slow-witted and annoying as all get out, commercial spokesperson Ernest (Jim Varney) is a cab driver in Miami and finds himself squiring a burned out Santa Claus around town helping his search for a replacement so he can finally retire.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ben Kline, Eric Luke, Thom Eberhardt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002


as Ernest P. Worell

as Santa Claus

as Joe Curruthers

as Harmony Star

as Bobby (Storage Agent

as Mary Morrissey

as Martin Brock

as Mr. Dills

as Mrs. Smith

as Agent Skippy

as Animal Officer

as Animal Officer

as Police Officer

as Crew Member

as Studio Guard

as Ticket Agent

as Commander

as Stage Hand

as Make-up Artist

as Controller #1
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Ernest Saves Christmas

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Ernest Saves Christmas

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Typical yet frequently goofy fun Ernest flick.

August 25, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

A Christmas classic. Jim Varney is sorely missed in my heart.

May 22, 2004
New Times

Ernest's best film. Actually quite funny.

October 24, 2003
Your Movies (

Audience Reviews for Ernest Saves Christmas

A perfect Christmas movie that I can watch any day of the year. This is the second 'Ernest' film that I just love. Jim Varney was such a humble, great actor. I've watched all of Jim Varney's movies, Ernest and non-Ernest, but I find myself always going back to Ernest. Jim was destined to be this character and I think 'Ernest' was his true calling. In this, Ernest is a taxi driver, though not a very good driver while singing, "O Christmas Tree" over and over because that's the only words he knew. It's hilarious to hear him sing it. He eventually picks up 'Santa Claus' at the airport, not knowing that that's who he really was. Along the way, Ernest sees a Christmas tree fall off a truck and in true Ernest fashion, he stops the taxi in the middle of the interstate and backs up to save the tree, thus causing car accidents. One of the things I loved was reading the bumper sticker in the glove compartment when Ernest was getting some sunglasses for Santa. "Keep Christ in Christmas". What a good message. During the film, Varney pulls out 'Auntie Nelda', 'Astor Clement' and 'Uncle Lloyd' as the snake guy. He was so funny. I crack up everytime I see the snake guy talk to the security guard. "One minute yer a strappin', healthy man and then, s-s-s-s-s, yer dead meat." I love the pancake scene as it reminds me of one of his commercials, "Pancakes on parade." Ernest helps a young girl see the error of her ways. Lying will get you no where fast. This is one of the rare times that 'Vern' was in an Ernest movie and it was a smart move. Ernest always had the best intentions and wore his heart on his sleeve and even though he messed up sometimes, he would end up saving the day. Hooray for the underdog!! I've always had a soft spot for Ernest and felt quite maternal over him though in reality he was 27 years my senior. Ernest constantly left me in stitches with this movie as with all Ernest movies. This is a Christmas classic and it should be played on t.v. every Christmas. I want to pass my 'Jim Varney' collection to my family and hope they find the joy and strong moral backbone of his movies as I have done. You just don't find many movies today that can make you laugh without the use of sexual comments or foul language. Varney was a true genius. R.I.P.

Stacy Avary

Super Reviewer

ERNEST MY TV BUDDY. LOL I secretly own all the Ernest DVDs.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

entertainig and vaguly amusing!
woth a watch

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Ernest Saves Christmas Quotes

– Submitted by Joe N (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Ernest Saves Christmas on our Movie forum!