Erin Richter
November 05, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jack Frost

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
Wide Release Date
12/11/98
performer
Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross
director
Troy Miller
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Mark Steven Johnson
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama

We gave it a D+

Not to be confused with 1997’s direct-to-video snowbound slasher, this Jack Frost is just as implausible but more family-friendly. A small-town blues rocker (Keaton — skip his few but painful musical performances) gets the chance to mend his neglectful ways with his wife (Kelly Preston) and son (Cross) after he dies and comes back to life as a snowman. The overwritten story errs on the sentimental side, but the remarkable effects from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and ILM make this dramedy a fun enough way to warm up after a snow day. REEL GOODIES (0:20) Thrash poet Henry Rollins menacingly barks orders as the coach of a preteen hockey team. THE LAST DETAIL At one point, Sam Raimi (For Love of the Game) was in line to direct, and George Clooney was set to star. C+

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