Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Review: Jingle All the Way
From the start, Jingle All the Way (originally made in 1996) is a genuinely good comedy. The gags are all wonderfully written and timed, and the movie moves right along at a brisk pace. Howard and Myron's antics are funny to watch, bolstered by the good acting of the hapless Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. I still crack up over the bomb scene, as does my dad.
There are a few downsides to this movie though. In addition to not making completely clear that there's more to Christmas than material gain, this movie suffers from sub-par acting on the part of Jake Lloyd, who plays Howard's son Jamie. As much as I hate to besmirch the reputation of any actor, I'll have to agree with those who say that Lloyd's acting leaves much to be desired. In addition, this movie is very nineties-ish, reveling in the excesses of that age. There's also a smattering of profanity that may deter families.
On the whole, Jingle All the Way has a lot going for it, but it's flaws weigh it down a little. It may be a genuinely good comedy, but it's hardly a genuinely good Christmas movie. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, I'd like some more good will toward men in my Christmas movies.
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