Jingle all the way (1996)

Directed by Brian Levant

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd

Getting into the Christmas mood and what better way than through good films. There are the ones that are always part of the season like Home Alone and one that I want to see because it is well known, A Christmas Story. Today I found this movie on Disney + and thought it was a nice movie to see with the family. I’m sure there will be more to see hopefully new films that might become Christmas standards.

The story of this film is simple. Howard is a man focused on his work and even though he loves his family, he has been missing things because of work. At the start of the film, Howard misses a karate class where Jaime was going to get a new belt. To make amends he promises Jaime to get him the Turbo Man doll for Christmas. Howard forgot and on Christmas Eve he rushes to every store to find the doll. There he encounters Myron, a father who also forgot and both men fight each other in their hope of getting the doll.

As with most of these family holidays films, the stories are simple and with a lot of flaws if you analyze every aspect of the film. But with these movies, I just look to have fun and this film is fun. It does show how crazy we get when buying things in those scenes at the stores in the movie. The story is nice enough in terms of having that Christmas charm. It has a lot of crazy characters and with Arnold, we get cool and crazy action sequences.

Arnold is not a comedian but he can make us laugh anyway. Phil Hartman is so funny and annoying at the same time, meaning that he nailed his character. Sinbad is funny to the end. For me, those three just made the film what it was.

If you are looking for a fun Christmas movie, I enjoyed this one and my daughter seemed to enjoy it too.

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