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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about ... See full summary »



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A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about himself and the true meaning of the holiday. Written by Anonymous

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This yule, be cool. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine wüste Bescherung  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,898,293 (USA) (13 November 1998)


$12,213,678 (USA) (15 January 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas left Home Improvement to do this movie. He said he was going to college, but he did this movie instead. When Tim Allen found out, he was really angry. See more »


In the very first scene, Ian is locked in a wall locker and passes Jake his mail, math test, and Dave Matthews passes downward through the lowest vent of the locker from the inside. When the locker door opens we can see that the lowest vent is level with the shelf, there is no way Ian could have reached above the shelf to pass those objects down through the vent. See more »


Allie: [Reluctantly agreeing to go home with Eddie] First the ground rules. If you say too many stupid things, I'll have to slug you. If you say anything nasty about Jake, I'll have to slug you. If you try to feel me up, I'll have to slug you. If you make me listen to any sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes, I'm gonna have to slug you. And finally, I might just have to slug you from time to time to simply because I find the prospect of driving across the country with you incredibly stressful!
Eddie: Alright. ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: I Won't Be Home for Christmas (2014) See more »


O Tannenbaum
(as "O Marjorie") (uncredited)
Performed by Sean O'Bryan
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Wow! Big Disappointment!
16 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll Be Home For Christmas is a very mediocre and lazy film. The acting is pretty much laughable and very poor. The script and dialogue is embarrassingly bad and disappointing . I mean Adam LaVorgna is pretty nice to look at, and I did enjoy his character, but that's really the only character I liked. Heck, the best scene in the entire film is where Eddie comes out shirtless and gets his towel taken from him lol. But anyways, back to the actual movie, basically this movie is just a bunch of stupid sight gags that end up falling flat, peppered with some pretty bad acting. There's not a whole lot more to it then that, it's poorly made, dumb, and not entertaining in the least. I was expecting a good bit more once I saw the wait Disney logo on the cover. Also, the main character is kind of a jackass, I couldn't stand his character or his attitude. 3/10 simply because I loved looking at Adam LaVorgna, but that's really it's ONLY saving grace.

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