It’s time for another Christmas related review produced by Chris Columbus, & starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a father who’s desperate to find his son an action figure for Christmas, he’s not the only person looking for the toy. What I’ve told you is The Basic Premise of Jingle All The Way.
Jingle All The Way, was released in 1996. At the time of it’s release, it received negative reviews from critics. Despite being critically panned, it was also a commercial success at the box office.
This review doesn’t have any SPOILERS. Just in case if you’ve never ever ever seen the entire film.
Nice: Arnold Schwarzenegger, & Sinbad, both did great on their funny as heck performances.
Other Cast Members such as, Phil Hartman, James Belushi, Martin Mull, & Gilbert Gottfried, all did an ok job on their performances.
Harvey Korman, (The Great Gazoo from The Flintstones/Hedley LaMarr from Blazing Saddles) makes a cameo appearance.
Turbo Man is based on Power Rangers, and superhero cartoons that used to air on Fox Kids. Those were the good ol’ days 90’s Kids & 90’s Babies.
A bunch of funny moments made me laugh from beginning to end.
Cinematography wasn’t that bad from start to finish.
Sinbad’s character, Myron, has an interesting backstory on why he’s a down-on-his-luck mailman and his motivation on why he wants a Turbo Man action figure.
One character said “Jingle Bells, Batman smells.” A year later, Arnold went on to star as Mr. Freeze, in the worst Batman movie of all time called, Batman And Robin. Until a film adaptation of Teen Titans Go, takes the top spot as the worst film related to Batman’s legacy.
Speaking of Batman, Turbo Man has a voice modulator. Twenty years later, Ben Affleck’s Batman, has a voice modulator.
One of the main characters call Martin Mull’s character, Mr. Ponytail Man. I think it’s a possible reference to Cameron Crowe’s film, Singles.
My favorite line in this movie is, “This is a sick world we live in, sick!”
During a Macy’s Thanksgiving like parade, costume characters from random franchises appear.
There’s a Post-Credits Scene, which is played for laughs.
Naughty: As a cliche in nearly every family movie, the protagonist is often portrayed as a workaholic. You know, like the main character from Hook, The Haunted Mansion, and Universal Pictures had the guts to make Claire, from Jurassic World, as a workaholic! I mean come on!
Rita Wilson, (Tom Hanks’ real life spouse) & Jamie Lloyd’s performances, were one dimensional like stale bread. One’s wooden and the other’s whiny. No wonder Anakin grew up to act like a whiny prom queen!
A scene with Howard imaging Jamie’s future, sadly predicts Jake Lloyd’s career, due to his involvement in The Phantom Menace that made him want to leave Show Biz.
Product Placement featuring certain brands including, GMC. I’ll give this con a pass because I couldn’t find any products to shove down my face.
The Final Verdict: B, FOR NOT TOTALLY BOGUS!
In my opinion, I liked Jingle All The Way. When I was kid, I really enjoyed the film and I still do. It’s actually one of my guilty pleasures. If you have nothing else to do during Christmas month, I recommend this picture for the whole family. I’m not gonna lie, there’s a Direct-To-Video sequel starring Larry The Cable Guy.
Seriously critics, Jingle All The Way isn’t THAT turrible (as Cleveland from Family Guy pronounces it that way) right next Home Alone 3, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, and The Star Wars Holiday Special.