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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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Cast

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Jake
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Allie
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Carolyn
Lauren Maltby ...
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Max
Lesley Boone ...
Marjorie
Amzie Strickland ...
Tom Tom Girl Mary
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Tom Tom Girl Darlene
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Esteban (as Mark De La Cruz)
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Tom Tom Girl Gloria
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Celia Kushner ...
Tom Tom Girl Mama
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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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Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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

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13 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine wüste Bescherung  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Nolan is talking with Jake in the van while driving he is holding a tomato in one hand and a hamburger in the other, but when he hands them over to Jake (to catch Allie and Eddie) he only hands over the hamburger, and the tomato is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Jake's Dad: Well, son, she's yours.
[offers Jake the porsche keys]
Jake Wilkinson: But, Dad, I didn't make make it home on time.
Jake's Dad: Don't be silly. You were just a few seconds late. Here.
Jake Wilkinson: No, a deal's a deal. Besides, she isn't ready yet.
Jake's Dad: What do you mean?
Jake Wilkinson: Well, we're not really finished fixing her up yet, are we? I mean, I'm sure it's going to take a bunch more Christmases together to get all the work done. Don't you think?
Jake's Dad: Yeah. Thirty or forty at least.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Babes in Toyland (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Home For Christmas
Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Produced by Jim Ebert
Performed by The Dons
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well and good, but...
20 December 2008 | by (British Columbia, Canada) – See all my reviews

rules are all very well and good, but why should I have to write at least 10 lines about a movie when others have extensively critiqued it already, and all I want to do is disagree with the bad reviews? Sheesh. I almost didn't watch this film, after reading some of the comments here, but as it was on TV and I had nothing better to do, I ignored the bad reviews and was glad I did. Sure, it is lightweight and the plot is a bit far-fetched, but so what? It is a Christmas movie, folks, nothing more, nothing less. Jonathan Taylor Thonas strikes just the right note as a college student trying to get home for Christmas, and learning to shed his selfish, self-centered attitudes as he does. There were some genuinely funny moments, a lot of touching moments, and the only fart joke I have ever laughed at. The great scenery (parts of BC and Alberta pretending to be various locations in a cross-country race across the USA) added to the enjoyment of the film. I was just going to say "Ignore the bad reviews, I liked it" but I had to pad it out . IMDb, don't you know that brevity is the soul of wit?


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