Jingle All the Way (1996)
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
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The true meaning of Christmas -- desperate last-minute shopping -- is the subject of this holiday-themed comedy. Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a mattress salesman with a bad habit of putting his work ahead of his family. His son Jamie (Jake Lloyd), who wishes Dad would pay more attention to him, wants only one thing for Christmas -- a Turbo Man action figure, with all the accessories. Howard promises both Jamie and his wife Liz (Rita Wilson) that there will indeed be a Turbo Man
Jun 1, 1997 Wide
Nov 3, 1998
20th Century Fox
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In this formulaic star vehicle, Schwarzenegger gets to fly like Peter Pan, act like Superman--and fulfill all the fantasies kids may have about their fathers.
I liked a lot of the movie, which is genial and has a lot of energy, but I was sort of depressed by its relentlessly materialistic view of Christmas, and by the choice to go with action and (mild) violence over dialogue and plot.
still heartless and unfunny and as welcome a part of the holidays as traffic and fruit cake.
The film is rescued by a strong third act, but getting there is torture.
If it weren't for the credits 'A Brian Levant Film' and 'Directed by Brian Levant,' one would be certain that the director was Chris Columbus.
OK family fun casts Arnold with Sinbad.
And one wonders why Sinbad hasn't made any movies since
The practice of buying indulgences didn't die with the Middle Ages, it just sort of metastasized into something black and malignant at the heart of our society.
While there's some genuine laughs and warm sentimentality to be had, Brian Levant's Jingle All the Way represents everything that's bad with Christmas today.
A career low-point for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yes, even worse than Batman & Robin.
The overall effect is disquieting - too simplistic for an adult comedy and too angry for a children's movie.
Deserved better reviews than it got when it came out.
Jingle All the Way won't become a holiday chestnut, but it does deserve to be roasted.
He's running California and he agreed to make THIS...
Jingle All the Way won't win any awards for believability, but as purely escapist family entertainment on a grand scale it's a tough act to beat.
You'll need an awful lot of Christmas cheer to forgive Arnold Schwarzenegger for his fourth, and hopefully last, venture into comedy, a turkey that needs stuffing on the most inaccessible shelf of your local video store.
Audience Reviews for Jingle All the Way
- Myron Larabee: Out of my way box!
- Howard Langston: ITS TURBO TIME!
- Howard Langston: Oh, poor baby.
- Howard Langston: Put that cookie down. NOW!
- Howard Langston: Put the cookie down! NOW!
- Santa Claus: I'm gonna deck your halls bub!
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