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I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

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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
Natalie Barish ...
Tom Tom Girl Darlene
Mark de la Cruz ...
Esteban (as Mark De La Cruz)
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Tom Tom Girl Gloria
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Gabby
Celia Kushner ...
Tom Tom Girl Mama
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Storyline

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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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

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

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

Quotes

Eddie: [as Allie emerges from her motel room] Whoa! You're not so cute in the morning. I'm kind of glad nothing happened.
[she slugs him for that remark]
Eddie: Ow! You just slugged me!
Allie: As per our agreement.
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Soundtracks

Oira Oira Polka
Written by M. Shad
Performed by The Polka Kings
Courtesy of Time Records, Inc.
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The Vidiot Reviews
19 December 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Since being home for Christmas is the best present, why can't it be the only present you have to buy your family?

Even better, why can't there be a bribe involved like the one in this comedy?

When his father (Gary Cole) entices him home for the holidays with a Porsche, Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and his girlfriend Allie (Jessica Biel) trade in their tickets to Mexico for ones to NYC.

But unforeseeable forces separate them: Jake is spirited away on a hitchhiking adventure through the desert dressed as Santa Claus, while Allie is escorted to New York by Jake's nemesis (Adam LaVorgna).

On the road, Jake realizes that all of his strained relationships need repairing.

Surprisingly heartfelt, I'll Be Home For Christmas is a zany road movie to a fault. However, the travel obstacles faced by Jake are somewhat relatable.

Incidentally, most Christmas visitors come bearing gifts of influenza. (Yellow Light)

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