Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Home for Christmas

Posted on

Home for Christmas

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Mickey Rooney
director:
Peter McCubbin
author:
Peter Ferri, Peter McCubbin
genre:
Kids and Family, Holiday

We gave it a C-

In these two new holiday cassettes (released a tad early), Mickey Rooney tries his hand at both trash and treacle, and neither is a career milestone. Silent Night, Deadly Night 5 finds Rooney slumming as a modern-day Geppetto who owns a shop full of murderous toys. This straight-to-video cheapie is neither clever nor campy enough to tickle the imagination. Home for Christmas, meanwhile, is a made-for-TV movie starring Rooney as a homeless man who becomes the grandpa that a family never had. It’s a sentimental role in a simpy story, and Rooney plays it for more than it’s worth. Holiday-viewing tip: Rent Mickey in one of his old musicals with Judy Garland, and leave these Christmas turkeys under the tree. Silent: C; Home: C-

Comments