Movie Review: Jingle All the Way

This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.

Sinbad and Arnold Schwarzenegger combine in this hilarious holiday comedy, proving their reputations of being talented and versatile actors.

Both are desperately seeking the new action figure, Turbo Man. Howard Langston (Schwarzenegger) promises his son anything he wants for Christmas — trying to redeem himself for missing his child’s karate belt presentation. The son demands Turbo Man, the star of his favorite television show.

Myron Larabee (Sinbad) is a postal worker in Minneapolis. He has a grudge against Langston because they’re both out for the same toy. They declare war on each other, bruising and injuring the other one at every chance.

Also in the movie are a psychotic reindeer, a disgruntled cop and, the whole cause of the madness, Turbo Man and his sidekick, Booster.

The reindeer is out to mutilate Langston, while the cop would probably settle for mangling him. The cop is a little grumpy because Langston broke the officer’s bike, ran him into a bus and set off a bomb in his hand.

This is a good movie for both kids and adults. But it is a little hard to believe that a father would actually go through all the things that Langston and Larabee go through just to get a toy for their kids. It is also hard to believe that there could be such a large demand for just one toy. But this movie does show how much a father would do for a son.


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