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As a touring musician clinging to dreams of stardom, aging rocker Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) never had much time for his wife, Gabby (Kelly Preston), and young son, Charlie (Joseph Cross). A year after Jack's tragic death in a car accident on Christmas Day, Charlie plays a mournful tune on his father's harmonica. Much to his surprise, the elder Frost is magically brought to life as a snowman on the family lawn. Given a second chance, Charlie and Jack struggle to make up for lost time.

Cast & Crew

Kelly Preston
Gabby Frost
Mark Addy
Mac MacArthur
Joseph Cross
Charlie Frost
Scott Kraft
Natalie's Dad
Dweezil Zappa
John Kaplan
Steve Bloom
Screenwriter
Jeff Cesario
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Matthew Baer
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Jeff Berry
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Richard Goldsmith
Executive Producer
Michael Tadross
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Michael Keaton
Original Music
Steve Poltz
Original Music
Trevor Rabin
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László Kovács
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  • Dec 24, 2017
    The story isn't anything particularly new and it was predictable but the main problem with the story is that it's a Christmas film but there's very little comedy and it has quite an emotional and sad story and it's not what we really want to see at Christmas, It is acted well but it needed to be abit more light hearted.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    For some reason, whether it was because it was always on cable around Christmas or because it had Michael Keaton in it, I've seen "Jack Frost" more times than I can remember, and to be perfectly honest, I really enjoy it every time. Keaton plays a musician father that is just about to break into the music industry with his band, but in doing so, he is leaving his beautiful wife (Kelly Preston) and his son (Joseph Cross) in the dust. When he misses his son's hockey game and then has to bail on a Christmas trip to the cabin, Jack (Keaton) decides to give it up and head back to his family. Sadly, on the way, he has a car accident and dies, which is truly heartbreaking. But thanks to the "magic" harmonica that he gives his son after missing his game, he is brought back to life in the form of a snow man, an annual activity the father and son once shared. Given a strange second chance, Jack uses this time to spend with his son, whose mental frailty is constantly in question as he begins spending a strange amount of time with a snowman. Thanks in part to the Jim Henson creature shop, the snowman effects are impeccable, feeling very real and creating a character that is most often than not, completely believable, helped by the great voice acting by Keaton. However, some of the special effects, mainly during the downhill sled chase, the effects fall off in quality tremendously. "Jack Frost" may not be the most conventional holiday film but it has stayed with me since I was a child and continues to fascinate me with its ridiculous premise and tragic demeanor.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    As cheesy as you'd expect from a Christmas film about a man who is reborn as a snowman! The whole thing would be a disaster if it wasn't for Keaton, who manages to be 'cool' in everything he does (geddit?). This film could only be appreciated at xmas and even then there are much better xmas films but although it didn't melt my heart it was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. Keaton deserves better though..
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  • Nov 24, 2011
    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.
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