Jingle All the Way Reviews
The film misses the point on the greed of children at Christmas due to mass merchandising. The child is horrible and needs a reality check... apparently, if he does not get a toy he will be the loser at school. So he continually whines and sulks.
So his father promises he will get one and proceeds to continuously break the law and ruin everyone else's Christmas, seriously! The message of this film is terrible...it's a very cynical movie that is only watchable due to Arnie.
ps - why does Rita Wilson work?
Weaknesses: As I said, this is a movie where turning your brain off works best. That's because a lot of the scenes are way over the top. While the Arnold/Sinbad stuff is usually fun, the Phil Hartman (Ted) and Rita Wilson (Liz) stuff drags the movie down. A few of the comedy things with it clicked, but it mostly missed the mark for me as a side plot. The running gag between Howard and the cop also wasn't as funny as it could've been.
Overall: While not a classic Christmas flick, this one has its charms. It's a silly movie with some fun scenes and hilarious sounding one-liners from Arnold. It's a ridiculous guilty pleasure and it works in that sense.
I won't call it a GOOD movie (in fact, it's kinda bad), but it is a fun one if you're in the right mood. 16% is a little too harsh.
"PUT DAT COOKIE DOWN!"