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Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  22 November 1996 (USA)
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A father needs to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas. Unfotunately, every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man figure.

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Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son's karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's television hero, Turbo Man. Unfotunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else including a mail man named Myron to find a Turbo Man action figure, and to make it to the Wintertainment parade which will feature Turbo Man. Written by John Wiggins

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Two Dads, One Toy, No Prisoners.

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for action violence, mild language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,112,267 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$60,573,641 (USA) (21 February 1997)
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[last lines]
Liz: Howard, I've been thinking... everything that you went through today for Jamie really shows how much you love him.
[Howard nods]
Liz: And if you're willing to go through all of that for him just for a present, well, that makes me wonder...
Howard Langston: What?
Liz: [smiling] What did you get me?
[the camera crash-zooms to Howard with a look of horror on his face]
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References Madeline (1989) See more »

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I'll Be Home for Christmas
Written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, and Buck Ram
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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I call it a guilty pleasure!
12 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jingle All the Way is far from perfect, but it is fun and worthwhile. The plot tells of an overworked businessman who wants to buy a Turbo Man, the year's hottest toy, for his neglected son. In the title role of Howard Langston, Arnold Schwarznegger acquits himself well, particularly in the action sequences. The soundtrack is awesome, the film is not too bad to look at and the climax is a lot of fun if very far fetched. Sinbad is amusing is Myron, and James Belushi is great as the Crooked Santa. Phil Hartmann(while he has been better) is hilarious as Ted, the phone conversation between him and Howard is a hoot. Rita Wilson does a good job as the mother, and Jake Lloyd is cute as Jamie. The film has some nice messages for kids. While the film is funny in places, the humour is questionable sometimes. The film is also rather short, and perhaps a tad rushed. Also Brian Levant's direction could have done with a harder edge. Still, despite the failings, it is a fun Christmas comedy, that is not really to be taken seriously. I call it a guilty pleasure. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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