Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

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An obnoxious and bumbling but well-meaning man attempts to help Santa Claus find a successor. Failure wouild mean that there would be no Christmas. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Chaotische Weihnachten  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,202,109 (USA)
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During filming, production ran into trouble when the reindeer began to shed their antlers, so replacement antlers had to be obtained. See more »

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When the people are chasing Ernest at the airport, he obvious was able to turn around and head the other way but how he is able to turn around is unknown and unlikely. See more »

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Harmony Star: You're a sick man, Ernest.
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(closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »

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Great Start, But 'Santa' Dropped The Sleigh
7 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie started off great; the first 30 minutes are very funny and clever with some interesting characters. That's the good news. The bad news is that the film then gets too repetitive and then it gets downright stupid.

What we wind up getting is a Santa Claus with "magical" powers with a lot of New Age baloney thrown in the mix. It's just ridiculous and hardly the kind of "Christmas movie" I would expect from Jim Varney's "Ernest."

To be fair, it still had a decent amount of laughs and is profanity-free but just not a film I could recommend.


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