Michael Sauter
October 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

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

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