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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,202,109 (USA)
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The only Ernest movie in which Vern "appears". See more »

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The strings of lights for the reindeer reins change continuously from one strand to two. See more »

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Santa Claus, aka 'Seth Applegate': The name is Santa Claus!
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(closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »

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It silly. It is harmless. It is fun. And it is underrated
24 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ernest Saves Christmas is a very underrated Christmas holiday flick. I will agree that it is very silly, and certainly not Oscar worthy. Don't expect a sophisticated plot, and a superlative script. Expect a harmless and fun Christmas comedy, that way you are in for a good time.

While very predictable in plotting and rather repetitive and slow in the middle half; especially in the first thirty minutes Ernest Saves Christmas does have its funny moments. And I must say the scene with the magic sleigh was uproariously funny. Amongst the humour, is an in general heart-warming story about Santa and his attempts to find a successor.

The camera-work may be a tad dated, but the music is very nice indeed. And I actually thought the acting is above decent, with the late (and talented) Jim Varney wonderfully spirited as Ernest and Douglas Seale is simply great as Santa. The opening credits with the collage of Christmas carols were a delight.

Ernest Saves Christmas is an above average seasonal comedy about the power of belief and the dignity of an individual. It is far from a masterpiece, but seriously I wasn't expecting it to be. I got exactly what I wanted, a fun film that while predictable and silly is lots of fun too. I do also think it is underrated; there are much worse movies out there, namely any of the Friedberg-Seltzer movies, Home Alone 4 and Superbabies:Baby Geniuses 2. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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