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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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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

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 w├╝ste 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

When Jake is running from the van, the guard rail beside him seems to end, but in the next shot it appears to be continuous and unbroken. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Wilkinson: When did I become your slave?
Jake Wilkinson: The day you were born.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: I Won't Be Home for Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Christmas
Written by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson
Produced by David Z.
Performed by Buddy Guy
Courtesy of Silvertone Records Ltd.
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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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