Movie Review: 'Jingle All The Way' | EW.com

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Jingle All the Way 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...Jingle All the WayComedyPT89MPG 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...1997-10-31Rita Wilson1492 Pictures
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Jingle All the Way

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Phil Hartman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson; Director: Brian Levant; Runtime (in minutes): 89; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: 1492 Pictures

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