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Movie Review: 'Jingle All The Way'

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Jingle All the Way

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
89 minutes
performer:
Phil Hartman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson
director:
Brian Levant
distributor:
1492 Pictures
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

We’re supposed to laugh at the mere sight of Schwarzenegger as a pratfalling dad on a Christmas Eve quest for a sold-out ”Turbo Man” doll. But Arnold crashes through toy stores like a Humvee in a china shop, and his Teutonic accent does the same thing to the silly dialogue. When in doubt (which is often), the filmmakers let him fall back on punching out a bogus Santa or a charging reindeer. By the time they’ve built to a slam-bang F/X finale — with Schwarzenegger zooming through the air in a Turbo Man jet pack — the comic premise seems like the ghost of Christmas past. Don’t give this crassly calculated dreck as a gift, unless you plan to put it under a plastic tree. D