Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.
| Original Score: 1/4
An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs.
Rowdy stuff for the light in head.
In spite of the jokes at the expense of television-network censors, there's very little in the film, aside from naughty words, that wouldn't be perfectly acceptable on prime-time television.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This is not a 'good movie' -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it.
It was obviously intended as a comedy, but there is little comic about it, and indeed the movie's overriding emotions seem to be pain and anger.
If Donner and his team had any interest in the story's message, they've picked a puzzling way to show it.