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The terrifying story of a man not allowed to die before he can apologize to his son for having a career
on November 28, 2014
Michael Keaton dies in a car accident and his soul is inexplicably sent into the body of a snowman. The changing of the seasons is presumed to mark the death knell of this newly reanimated Keaton, but there are cold enough places that he probably could have lived within indefinitely. A walk-in freezer, or a mountain top hideaway. But no, this movie is about Keaton having to apologize to his son for being good at his job, and apparently not loving his family enough. It's not clear whether or not any of this is true, but he must make amends within an artificial timeframe. Keaton attempts to accomplish this through various awkward snowman hijinks that will probably entertain children but will either bore parents or send their thoughts into bleak existential worry about, for instance, what it means when he begins to melt. Are those his innards? Does it hurt? Why am I thinking so hard about this dumb movie? Frosty the Snowman is a better version of a possessed snowperson and utterly lacks this straw man debate about being a better parent. Plus Frosty dies a horrible death in a greenhouse at one point. Note that Jack Frost was originally going to star George Clooney but he backed out at the last minute. This is why the puppet has the "Clooney" eyebrows. The horror movie version of Jack Frost, which came out around the same time (possibly tricking some families into renting the wrong film?) was more fun because those who made it at least acknowledged what a terrible concept it was that they were putting to film. As it stands this family-friendly version is only slightly less horrifying. A disturbing film. One star.