Directed by Troy Miller
Written by Steven Bloom, Jeff Cesario,
Mark Steven Johnson, & Jonathan Roberts
Starring Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston,
Mark Addy, Henry Rollins, Joseph Cross
My Advice: If you have kids and a love of the
whimsical, rent it
Rating: out of
Yes, I know this isn't in a theater. Yes, I know it's a video
release. Yes, I know it was panned by the critics. And you know what else I know? I know I loved it.
I originally bought this film for my two smallest children.
It had seasonal appeal and who doesn't love a good snowman doing comedic pratfalls? Let me take a moment to introduce
you to Jack Frost (Keaton). Lead singer for a blues band on the edge of soon to be realized fame (interesting note,
Keaton did his own vocals while fronting the faux band and did an admirable job at that), he has it all. A beautiful
wife, (Preston), a fantastic son, (Cross) and the knowledge of knowing he truly was the best Batman ever. Oh, wait.
My thought train derailed. Back to the task at hand.
Frost is a lovable guy but a bit misguided. Overwhelmed with
his desire to succeed we begin to realize that his success should be self evident in his happy marriage and fantastic
son. The sad thing is what we can see, he is blind to. He's breaking promises and hearts with every step and it
takes a magical twist of fate to offer him redemption. After a tragic accident, he's resurrected in all his snowy
I know this all sounds a bit farfetched and illogical but, you
know what, we're talking about a snowman here! If he was to boogie board in the Pacific with Hillary Clinton on
his arm, we just couldn't complain. There is nothing logical about the premise of this film, and it's not meant
to be served up that way. What this movie is all about is the heart of this film.
It's a movie about second chances, a movie about making things
right. It's a movie about understanding who you are and what true accomplishments in life are all about. It's a
movie about faith, hope, and some well-meaning charity. It left me feeling good and laughing aloud and, in this
day and age, I don't care who serves that up to me. He can defrost in my yard anytime. Enjoy him. I
know I sure did.