Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way

5.0 4
Director: Brian Levant

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman

     
 

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The true meaning of Christmas -- desperate last-minute shopping -- is the subject of this holiday-themed comedy. Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a mattress salesman with a bad habit of putting his work ahead of his family. His son Jamie (Jake Lloyd), who wishes Dad would pay more attention to him, wants only one thing for Christmas -- a Turbo Man action… See more details below

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The true meaning of Christmas -- desperate last-minute shopping -- is the subject of this holiday-themed comedy. Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a mattress salesman with a bad habit of putting his work ahead of his family. His son Jamie (Jake Lloyd), who wishes Dad would pay more attention to him, wants only one thing for Christmas -- a Turbo Man action figure, with all the accessories. Howard promises both Jamie and his wife Liz (Rita Wilson) that there will indeed be a Turbo Man under the tree for Jamie on Christmas morning, but come December 24, Howard realizes that he hasn't actually bought the toy yet. Seemingly it would be no great problem to head on down to the toy store and pick one up, but it just so happens that Turbo Man has been the hottest ticket of the holiday season, and literally thousands of parents are scrambling for the last few action figures. Howard then spends a hilariously hellish Christmas Eve madly scrambling from store to store in desperate search of a Turbo Man; in the course of his adventures, Howard keeps crossing paths Myron Larabee (Sinbad), a postal worker who wants a Turbo Man even more desperately than Howard. And on the home front, Howard has to worry about Ted Maltin (Phil Hartman), an annoyingly perfect suburbanite obsessed with Christmas who has eyes for Liz. This was the second film for child actor Jake Lloyd, who three years later would gain international attention when he was cast as the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A thoroughly enjoyable family comedy, this holiday film represents the high water mark of director Brian Levant's career, one marked by a specialization in light, intentionally fatuous comic fare. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays, as usual, a thinly veiled variation on himself, the "funny" version recognizable from Twins (1988), Kindergarten Cop (1990), and Junior (1994). The rest of the cast plays against the star's mountainous gravity, however, with delightful results; in particular, Phil Hartman has oodles of fun as an oily neighborhood lecher, mocking and lampooning his leading man's stoic demeanor and sheer physical size. As the film's mailman foil, stand-up comic Sinbad is not utilized very well by the script, which never seems quite sure if he's a villain or not. Performances and clear character motivations are beside the point, however, as the script does its job, delivering the gift of many memorably amusing moments. Among them: scenes in which the star is attacked by a rogue band of elves, another in which he's attacked by angry mothers at a mall, and yet another in which he shudders to imagine his son growing up to be a boozing postal worker. There's also some fun with a rented reindeer and Schwarzenegger in a superhero costume, which is probably where he belongs. It's certainly not witty enough for the stage, but Jingle All the Way is a fun seasonal treat that will probably be popping up on cable TV as a December programming staple, one in which weary parental shoppers will grimace and guffaw to recognize themselves.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
UPC:
0024543136651
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

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Closed Caption; Includes full screen and widescreen versions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Howard Langston
Sinbad Myron Larabee
Phil Hartman Ted Maltin
Rita Wilson Liz Langston
Robert Conrad Officer Hummell
Jim Belushi Santa Claus
Martin Mull DJ
Jake Lloyd Jamie Langston
Harvey Korman President
Laraine Newman First Lady
Brian Johnson Christmas Caroler
David Nash Christmas Caroler
Jane Plank Christmas Caroler

Technical Credits
Brian Levant Director
John H. Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Barnathan Producer
Kent Beyda Editor
Chris Columbus Producer
Tony Epper Stunts
Thomas Fichter Art Director
Wilton Henderson Editor
Jay Hurley Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Randy Kornfield Screenwriter
Leslie McDonald Production Designer
Gregory L. McMurray Special Effects Supervisor
Glenn Neufeld Special Effects Supervisor
David Newman Score Composer
George Parra Asst. Director
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Judy Taylor Casting
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Ronald R. Weiss Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles: Men of Action
2. Jamie's Christmas Wish
3. The Hunt Begins
4. Howard Meets Myron
5. This Is War
6. Good Neighbor Ted
7. No Team Player
8. Mall Madness
9. Back Door Santa
10. You Never Keep Your Promises!
11. Coffee Talk
12. An Explosive Situation
13. Breaking and Entering
14. The Wintertainment Parade
15. Ted's Comeuppance
16. Showtime
17. Pick a Kid
18. Dementor and the Demon Team
19. Fly, Turbo Man
20. That's My Dad!
21. End Credits
22. Here We Go Again
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles: Men of Action
2. Jamie's Christmas Wish
3. The Hunt Begins
4. Howard Meets Myron
5. This Is War
6. Good Neighbor Ted
7. No Team Player
8. Mall Madness
9. Back Door Santa
10. You Never Keep Your Promises!
11. Coffee Talk
12. An Explosive Situation
13. Breaking and Entering
14. The Wintertainment Parade
15. Ted's Comeuppance
16. Showtime
17. Pick a Kid
18. Dementor and the Demon Team
19. Fly, Turbo Man
20. That's My Dad!
21. End Credits
22. Here We Go Again

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