DAY 12 – JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996)

Jingle-All-The-Way-Arnold-Schwarzenegger

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, James Belushi, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Directed by: Brian Levant

Synopsis: A father decides to dream the impossible; to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.

Before he was a politician you may recall Arnie was probably the biggest box office draw in the nineties. Big box office draw usually equals CHRISTMAS movie sooner or later.

It’s the usual ‘busy father, neglected son’ storyline that we have seen in countless Christmas movies. Arnie must find a way to endear himself to his boy before Christmas, otherwise his life won’t be worth living. The best way to do that? Turbo Man. The problem? It’s the best selling Christmas toy and the shops are selling out fast! Cue hilarity…

This might be a film for those of a certain age, who remember Arnie films with a certain fondness. I can’t say I cared much for him at the time, but looking back there are some great comedies in his oeuvre, not just action flicks. This is another I remember entertaining me through the years, and despite what anyone thinks (5.2 on IMDb, ouch!) I think it’s a pretty decent yuletide film, maybe the recently returned Governor will treat us to an old age sequel, with his son now a parent?! Now, GET ME A TURBOMAN!

3 clappers

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9 comments

  1. This movie is so idiotic, but it holds a close place in my heart. “TURBOMAN!!” Nice review.

  2. There’s something so very 1990s about the premise of this film, the idea of absolutely everyone absolutely HAVING to buy the latest hyped-up toy. Then again, perhaps we’re still like that, in in our post dotcom boom and global recession times.

    • Yeah, I don’t know if it was because I was younger, but there always seemed to be a big toy released for Christmas back then (Furbys and Tamagochi’s etc). I guess, with the internet its a bit different now, because you don’t have to battle it out in a shop for the last Turboman!

  3. Put da cookie down!!!

    …I like this film too.

  4. Pingback: THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE ADVENT CALENDER…REVISITED | MOVIES & MUSIC CAFE

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