25 Films of Christmas: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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Is there anything better than a Christmas road trip movie. (Probably but for the purpose of tonights discussion we’ll pretend otherwise.) The excitement of whether or not they’ll make it home in time to celebrate with their family. The thrill each new roadblock brings as they learn things about themselves and the true meaning of Christmas. I’m sure there are probably better ones out there but tonight where talking I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

Jake hasn’t been home for Christmas since his mother passed away a few years ago but his recently remarried father has figured out a way to get him home this year, bribe him with a Porsche. Jake and his girl are ready to head east when Rival Eddie and his friends snatch Jake and leave him in the desert dressed as Santa. On his cross country trip, from L.A. to New York, he helps turn a thief’s life around, save a marriage and wins a Santa race. If I need to tell you how this one ends then you haven’t been paying attention so far.

Its an often overlooked Christmas movie that is really quite entertaining. Featuring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Biel in a Disney attempt to cash in on their popularity, it actually has a good story and provides some genuine laughs. It may not rank as one of my favorite Christmas films but it beats the hell out of Santa Buddies. For that reason, I’ll Be Home For Christmas gets a ranking of: Hey Jingle Balls, Move Your Candy Canes. Till next time friends, stay entertained.




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