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A self-absorbed prep school student, who, just days before Christmas
awakens to find himself stranded in the middle of the California
desert, wearing a Santa suit and a white beard glued to his face.
He has to find a way to get to New York. As he desperately hitchhikes
his way east, everyone he meets looks to Santa for help and advice.
Comedy - A typical Disney live-action motion picture (sweet, unimaginative, and dull) with stale characters and lower-than-usual production values. One reason not to look forward to the holiday season.
PROFANITY: Two extremely mild instances. Virtually profanity-free. SEX/NUDITY: One nude body, with all the "naughty bits" hidden. VIOLENCE: An instance of implied, off-screen violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: None COMEDY: From time-to-time, the movie tries to be funny.
I'll Be Home for Christmas represents the ultimate insult to a film-goer: a made-for-TV movie that has been dumped into theaters to rake in a few extra dollars before it slips onto video shelves, then debuts next year on ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney. Despite a carol-laden soundtrack and numerous actors in Santa costumes, there's not much holiday spirit evident in I'll Be Home for Christmas, and, what little there is gets smothered by the unbeatable combination of lead actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas' smugness and a feeble script. Only a masochist will get the intended feel-good experience out of this film. In fact, the movie is so bad that it doesn't deserve to be seen on television, let alone in a multiplex. Director Arlene Sanford helps to reinforce a sad truth: Disney's live-action division is creatively bankrupt.
JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS stars as Jake Wilkinson, a self-absorbed
college student, who, just days before Christmas awakens to find
himself stranded in the middle of the California desert-wearing
a Santa suit and a white beard glued to his face.
The butt of a pay-back by the football team who thinks he double-crossed
them by not providing the correct answers to a finals exam, Jake
has to find a way to get to New York by 6:00 p.m. on Christmas
Eve-and catch up with his girlfriend Allie (JESSICA BIEL) who
is on the road with the school stud Eddie (ADAM LA VORGNA)-or
risk forfeiting the vintage Porsche his father (GARY COLE) promised
if his son comes home for the holidays.
As Jake desperately hitchhikes his way east, everyone he meets
unwittingly sets into motion a comedy of errors as they look to
Santa for help and advice.