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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 overview, first billed only:
... Jake
... Allie
... Eddie
... Jake's Dad
... Carolyn
Lauren Maltby ... Tracey
... Nolan
... Max
... Marjorie
Amzie Strickland ... Tom Tom Girl Mary
Natalie Barish ... Tom Tom Girl Darlene
Mark de la Cruz ... Esteban (as Mark De La Cruz)
... Tom Tom Girl Gloria
... Gabby
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

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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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

$12,213,678, 17 January 1999
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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 »

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

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Allie: [Reluctantly agreeing to go home with Eddie] First the ground rules. If you say too many stupid things, I'll have to slug you. If you say anything nasty about Jake, I'll have to slug you. If you try to feel me up, I'll have to slug you. If you make me listen to any sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes, I'm gonna have to slug you. And finally, I might just have to slug you from time to time to simply because I find the prospect of driving across the country with you incredibly stressful!
Eddie: Alright. ...
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Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Produced by Jim Scott
Performed by Five Easy Pieces
Courtesy of MCA Records
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The Vidiot Reviews
19 December 2012 | by 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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