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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  13 November 1998 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas. See more »

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Near the beginning, when Jake is at the door to Allie's (Jessica Biel's) dorm room, we see that her roommate is on the basketball team. On 7th Heaven (1996), Jessica Biel's character was on the Varsity Basketball Team for her high school all four years. See more »

Goofs

Jake's watch switches arms a few times in the opening scene in Allie's bedroom. See more »

Quotes

Officer Max: [after Jake couldn't convince Marjorie to forgive Max] So, how'd it go?
Jake Wilkinson: You know what a swirlie is?
Officer Max: You mean when somebody jams your head in a toilet bowl and flushes it?
Jake Wilkinson: Yeah, it was basically like that.
Officer Max: Ah, man!
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Hmmm, not the best Disney movie I've seen.
21 December 1998 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well, I'd give this a 6 out of 10 because I love Christmas, but really the plot was fairly thin and wasn't this same idea run through in John Hughes "Dutch (aka Driving Me Crazy) - kid doesn't want to go home (for Thanksgiving in that movie), but then he has all sorts of adventures on the road on his way home and learns his lesson, etc, etc.

The only problem with this movie is that, unlike "Dutch", I honestly didn't feel that JTT had learned his lesson at all, he was still a scam artist at the end. Disney should really learn some lessons from John Hughes / Chris Columbus, they really know how to make a kids live-action movie!

I was so disappointed because it sounded like a really fun idea, but turned into the plot of a so-so TV movie.

It's worth seeing, but go on cheap Tuesday, or with free tickets, you'll feel less ripped off!!


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