Jingle All the Way (1996)

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Jingle All the Way (1996)
  • Time: 89 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Family
  • Director: Brian Levant
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman

Storyline:

Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son’s karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son’s television hero, Turbo Man. Unfotunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else including a mail man named Myron to find a Turbo Man action figure, and to make it to the Wintertainment parade which will feature Turbo Man.

One review

  • Sandcooler

    Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an average American father in this movie, and that’s even funnier than you would imagine. There’s a lot of competition in this category, but I’m pretty sure Howard Langston is the least credible character name he’s ever had. Most of the intentional humour of this movie falls flat and the sentimental stuff is even worse, but if that sort of thing annoys you you’re in the wrong state of mind to watch “Jingle All The Way”. This movie is worth your while for moments like when muscle-bound Arnold is somehow intimidated by Jim Belushi and an army of winos in Santa costumes. Or for the fantastic climax where the kid doesn’t realise he’s talking to his dad until Arnold (or Howard, if you’re in a generous mood) takes off his mask. The mask covered roughly 2% of his face and he’d been talking with a thick Austrian accent for minutes straight, so that big reveal just broke me. One thing I did wonder throughout this movie: what if the main roles were reserved, with Sinbad as the average father and Schwarzenegger as the crazed antagonist? Seemed like that would have been a more interesting casting choice, but this one works almost as well.

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