I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

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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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine wüste Bescherung  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


In the very first scene, Ian is locked in a wall locker and passes Jake his mail, math test, and Dave Matthews passes downward through the lowest vent of the locker from the inside. When the locker door opens we can see that the lowest vent is level with the shelf, there is no way Ian could have reached above the shelf to pass those objects down through the vent. See more »


Jake Wilkinson: Say something romantic.
Officer Max: Huh.
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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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Ill be home for Christmas
26 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i like this film because the whole IDEA of it was to make it home on time for Christmas in order for Jake to be given the Porsche. now I've seen some of the other comments given about this film...its JUST A MOVIE. i think who ever wrote it was just trying to make a point to their story and for people to understand that it didn't matter about the Porsche or getting home by six O'Clock. it just mattered that you got home and spent it with the family. thats what i think the writer and director was trying to show. this film is good for a holiday movie. i would suggest this to any family who spend holidays together and looking for a film thats funny and has humor in it.

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