I'll Be Home for Christmas
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Screenplay by Harris Goldberg & Tom Nursall
Starring: Jonathan Taylor Thomas
My advice: Not worthy Christmas fare
Rating: out of
If you're looking for something to watch with the family this
Christmas, this isn't it. You're better off renting Jack
Frost which is everything that I'll Be Home For
Christmas is not.
What a terribly misleading title. The words alone, to me, speak of family, friends, and seasonal sharing. Just
good joyous stuff. Not in this movie. You know what it really means? It means we have a spoiled rich kid making
his way through college by selling test answers to the football team. This same said kid is offered a Porsche by
his father but he can have it ONLY if he shows up by Christmas. What kind of family message is that to send? If
my kids decided they weren't coming home for the holidays they wouldn't get a Porsche from me. They'd get an ass-kicking
from here to Montana.
So as our "hero" seeks his way across country he is befallen by one horrible tragedy after another in
an effort to make it home in time to get that neat Porsche. His girlfriend is whisked off by a horrible ladies
man, he's "glued" into a Santa Clause suit, and it looks as if that car is out of the question.
Granted it makes a last ditch effort to redeem itself during the final moments of the film but it doesn't pull
it off. The movie is slow and plodding and plays better to the under ten crowd than to anyone else.
So, my advice? I'll be home for Christmas. And I'll be watching Jack Frost.