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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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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  »

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$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 »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Babes in Toyland (2011) See more »

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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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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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