The holiday season is now in full swing and the results are almost instantly obvious. Barely hours after Santa Claus makes his appearance at the end of the Macy's parade stores begin to open and "incredible" sales for "must-have" products begin. For parents of young children getting the right present to make their children happy can be the number one priority. The consumerism that takes over can put off many people especially when you're one of the ones out among the insane throng of shoppers and buyers. Instead stay inside and experience that mass of people through the eyes of none other than the Terminator himself.
Jingle All The Way is as 90's as tamagotchis, pogs, beanie babies, or furbies. It's about workaholic father Howard, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, trying to give his now somewhat distant son a perfect Christmas. For this Christmas his son wants one and only one thing which will fulfill his every wish and make it perfect, a TurboMan doll. As busy as Howard is he isn't exactly clued in on how big the TurboMan franchise is and forgot to preorder the doll from any store. Thus begins Howard's adventure trying to find the one toy that will make his son happy and fix all the consequences from his workaholic life.
Toy crazes of the 90's are legendary and insane by today's standards. Every Christmas there seemed to be another "must-have" that children wanted to have, or company's wanted us to buy. Rationing and lottery systems became the norm for eager parents trying to buy the hot new item of the year, whatever it may be. Jingle All The Way reveals that ugly side of consumerism and how easily the market was controlled and manipulated by toy stores and malls. Long lines and drastic parents meant easy money to greedy managers and toy makers.
Beyond that heavy curtain of consumerism is still a good comedy with guys like Phil Hartman showing exactly how a try-hard dad should act and Sinbad as a foil for Howard's toy desperation. Throw in doses of Martin Mull, Jake Lloyd, and cameos from Jim Belushi, Vern Troyer, and The Big Show make this movie is more like concentrated version of the 90's. Especially since TurboMan is a straight copy of shows like Power Rangers
I wouldn't call Jingle All The Way a classic or traditional movie to watch during the holidays but it isn't a bad choice. You get what is essentially a road trip movie that never leaves town and has Sinbad and Arnold as adversaries/traveling partners. It's fine to put on even when you have family over and is a good excuse to stay away from the occasional pesky relative. Jingle All The Way is available on Netflix, Youtube, and Amazon prime.
Another Christmas movie pick: White Christmas.
Another Christmas movie pick: Love Actually.