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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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Celia Kushner ...
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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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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,898,293, 15 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,213,678, 17 January 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Johnathan Taylor Thomas previously starred in Disney's Man of the House (1995). In both films, he helps a bullied kid out of a school locker. See more »

Goofs

The college is depicted as having lockers much like a high school might, but colleges do not have lockers. See more »

Quotes

Jake's Dad: Well, son, she's yours.
[offers Jake the porsche keys]
Jake Wilkinson: But, Dad, I didn't make make it home on time.
Jake's Dad: Don't be silly. You were just a few seconds late. Here.
Jake Wilkinson: No, a deal's a deal. Besides, she isn't ready yet.
Jake's Dad: What do you mean?
Jake Wilkinson: Well, we're not really finished fixing her up yet, are we? I mean, I'm sure it's going to take a bunch more Christmases together to get all the work done. Don't you think?
Jake's Dad: Yeah. Thirty or forty at least.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Carols By The Old Corral
Written by Johnny Lange and Archie Gottler
Performed by Tex Ritter
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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Mediocre
12 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is mediocre to the extreme.

It could, if you can overlook the glaring plot holes, be something good to watch on Christmas Eve if there is nothing else on and you have had a few drinks.

It's not the worst movie ever made, but it is clichéd, predictable and not very funny.

Three out of ten- and that might be a case of me being over generous because it's, as I write this, December 12th.

What is also frustrating is that there's a nucleus of a good idea in the script- albeit one that has been done before. If the script had been redrafted a few more times, and if some of the Disney schmaltz had been remove then the film might have landed, somewhere, on the better side of OK.

Jessica Biel isn't bad though.


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