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Jimmy needs $900 to clear a gambling debt but a series of lies leads to Ray trying to raise the cash from friend's who owe him money.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Durning ...
Steve Gilger ...
Bar Patron
J. Tucker Smith ...
Adrien (as Tucker Smith)
Elizabeth Van Dyke ...
Christina Santiago ...
Twin #1


Jimmy has a gambling debt and uses a lie to get his girlfriend Susan to help him find $900. Susan uses another lie to get her bartender brother Ray to help, but Ray hates Jimmy. Ray wanders around the local bars collecting the money; Jimmy's looking for Ray and Susan's looking for Jimmy. If the wrong people meet, the lies will unravel. Written by Rob Hartill

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Plot Keywords:

bar | debt | actor | abortion | christmas | See All (11) »


A romantic comedy for the romantically challenged.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entrando na Maior Fria  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,773 (USA) (4 December 1998)


$7,957 (USA) (18 December 1998)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the fight between Ray and Santa, Santa's hat is knocked off his head in the bar. When they continue the fight on the street Santa's hat reappears on the sidewalk. See more »


April: What do you want for Christmas?
Ray: [whispers] You.
April: What?
Ray: I want you for Christmas.
April: Good, because then I don't have to shop... and I'll be fun to unwrap.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the carolers from the movie sing a few Christmas carols at the camera, then wish a Merry Christmas. See more »


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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What a great flick!
28 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has to be, to my knowledge, the only christmas/abortion comedy ever made. Featuring splendid performances by Charles Durning as a hen-pecked love lorn bar owner, Eric Stoltz as the self-absorbed actor, and Campbell Scott as the bitter ex of Daryl Hannah, this film continually surprised and delighted me. Filmed in New York City by John Thomas (of Whit Stillman and "Sex in the City" fame) the city has never looked crisper or more inviting. The plot is wacky- a subplot involving two wacky ambulance drivers is particularly silly- but also has a wandering tone that careers from touching to bizarre, in the way that all good independent films do. Featuring the angriest Jewish santa clause ever filmed, rousingly played by Dean Cameron of "Ski School" fame. Worth a look!

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