I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
About The Story
Anyone who's ever tried to travel across the country during the Christmas holidays can sympathize with the plight of 18-year-old Jake Wilkinson (Jonathan Taylor Thomas)
Anyone who's ever tried to travel across the country during the
Christmas holidays can sympathize with the plight of 18-year-old
Jake Wilkinson (Jonathan Taylor Thomas). Who of us cannot recall
our "holiday joy" at the memory of icy highways and
snowbound airports? Or of being gathered in some crowded terminal
with hundreds of fellow travelers, all weary, anxious and short-tempered,
listening to a harried attendant explain for the umpteenth time
that our flight's been overbooked, and someone will have to be
bumped? And all the while, Christmas Eve is closing fast.
Jake's situation is similar -- but with a few new twists. Mere
days before Christmas, he finds himself stranded in the middle
of the California desert with no wallet, I.D. or cash.
The first twist is, it's Jake's own fault. How he ended up in
the desert is the result of a plan he had for some of a few of
his fellow students that went awry. The second twist is, as part
of his victims' retribution, he's been dressed in a Santa Claus
suit with a white beard glued to his face. The third twist is
that the mastermind behind Jake's desperate situation, his arch-rival
Eddie, has taken advantage of our hero's "absence" to
put the moves on his girlfriend Allie, offering her the ride home
for the holidays that Jake failed to provide.
As he hitchhikes, freeloads, cons, flies, crawls, races and bullies
his way east, Jake sets in motion a comedy of errors involving
a series of eccentric and amusing characters who both help and
hinder him on his way. Will he make his deadline to New York
City -- and also, at the same time, manage to save Allie from
the clutches of the nefarious Eddie?
Does Rudolph have a red nose?
* * *
When it comes to wheeling and dealing, charming Jake Wilkinson
is the king, is a con artist extraordinaire. His scams and scheming
ways have him running the show.
Unfortunately, he's also run afoul of the former "king,"
an older student named Eddie, who is displeased, to say the least,
about having Jake take over what used to be his turf. It's your
basic collision course -- and only a matter of time before the
two have it out.
That time is now -- the upcoming Christmas holiday.
It all starts when Jake's father David, a successful New York
lawyer, sends Jake a first class plane ticket to ensure the boy's
arrival home in time for Christmas Eve. But going home hadn't
been the same for Jake these past few years, ever since the death
of his mother. Things haven't been helped, either, by his father's
remarriage so soon after Jake's mother died.
Looking to avoid the awkwardness and unhappiness he associates
with a holiday visit to his father and stepmother, Jake swaps
his ticket home for two tickets to Cabo San Lucas, where he plans
to spend Christmas with his girlfriend Allie. Unfortunately,
he doesn't clear the plan with Allie first, and she rejects his
invitation to spend "Christmas in paradise," preferring
instead to spend the time with her own family.
David also confronts Jake about the ticket swap, and the boy can
only offer lame excuses for his behavior. Desperate to have his
family together for Christmas, David bribes his son with the only
thing he can think of to bring him home -- the vintage Porsche
the two of them had spent so much time rebuilding together, before
they'd become estranged. There's one catch, however: Jake must
make it home no later than 6:00 p.m. on
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