I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998

I'll Be Home for Christmas

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Neither parent nor child will find any merriment in this mess.

23%

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Total Count: 43

41%

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User Ratings: 44,456

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Estranged from his father (Gary Cole), college student Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is lured home to New York for Christmas with the promise of receiving a classic Porsche as a gift. When the bullying football team dumps him in the desert in a Santa suit, Jake is left without identification or money to help him make the journey. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), does not know where he is, and accepts a cross-country ride from Jake's rival, Eddie (Adam LaVorgna).

Cast

Gary Cole
as Jake's Dad
Eve Gordon
as Carolyn
Lesley Boone
as Marjorie
Amzie Strickland
as Tom Tom Girl Mary
Natalie Barish
as Tom Tom Girl Darlene
Kathleen Freeman
as Tom Tom Girl Gloria
Celia Kushner
as Tom Tom Girl Mama
P.J. Prinsloo
as The Brandt-Man
James Sherry
as The Murph-Man
Kevin Hansen
as The Ken-Man
Alexandria Mitchell
as Little Girl in Hospital
Eric Pospisil
as Little Boy at Bus Station
Cathy Weseluck
as Wendy Richards
Betty Linde
as Older Lady on the Bus
Awaovieyi Agie
as Service Man
Graeme Kingston
as Pizza Eating Santa
Ian Robison
as Mayor Wilson
Ernie Jackson
as Kenyan Santa
Kurt Max Runte
as Taxi Driver
Nicole Oliver
as Ticket Agent
Tasha Simms
as Parade Manager
Dolores Drake
as Fraulein Maid
Chris Willes
as Race Official No. 1
Nick Misura
as Groundskeeper
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Critic Reviews for I'll Be Home for Christmas

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (33)

Audience Reviews for I'll Be Home for Christmas

  • Dec 03, 2013
    "Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas" I'll Be Home For Christmas is a cliche family Christmas movie. The major theme is that of most, if not all Christmas movies; it's not about where you spend it or how you spend it or what you get, it's about the family you share it with. This one gets that message across with a cross country trip along the same lines as Planes, Trains & Automobiles.  Jake is going to school in California and hasn't been home for Christmas in a few years. His father wants him there though, so he tells Jake that if he's there by six o'clock on Christmas Eve, he'll give Jake the '57 Porsche. This is enough to make Jake go, but when some fellow students leave him dressed like Santa and stranded in the desert, he misses his flight and must find another way to make it to New York. As much as I dislike the movie, I'm not about to completely blast it like I probably should. Christmas movies can't be judged on the same level as other films. Most of them suck and by comparison to a lot of others, I'll Be Home For Christmas really isn't all that bad. Okay, yes it is, but it should at least entertain the little ones and send them off with a decent enough message; family is more important then material objects.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2010
    Poor with some elements added in, but if you were to take those elements out, then it would be a great film. It was well worth watching, and I recommend it! It's just fun for the whole family to watch during the holidays!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2009
    A cheesy Disney movie, but it is fun to watch at Christmas!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2009
    believe it or not, thats not the closest JTT's lips have been to big fuzzy ball
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer

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