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I'll Be Home For Christmas

4.3 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews

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In the spirit of the season, Disney presents the hilarious comedy adventure that celebrates the believer in all of us. Jake Wilkinson (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), a self-centered college student, has one thing on his mind -- get home for Christmas dinner or forfeit the vintage Porsche his father promised him. Just days before his deadline, Jake awakens in the California desert -- stranded and penniless, wearing a Santa suit and white beard! Desperate to claim his gift, he flies, crawls, cons, races, bullies, and even sleighs his way east. But his nonstop mission turns into a nonstop comedy of errors as a multitude of colorful and offbeat strangers look to "Santa" for help and kindness. The closer Jake gets to home, the closer he gets to the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of family. I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a trip your entire family will enjoy taking all year long!|Capturing the magic of Christmas during May in Vancouver, Canada, presented challenges. One solution was to use organic, biodegradable paper snow, imported from Europe.|Warm temperatures affected more than just the look of the production. The Santa 5K, a scene involving 150 fully dressed Santa Clauses running a 5-kilometer race, was filmed in 90-degree heat, causing a few Santas to nearly pass out.|The lead character's entire cross-country trip -- including settings in California, New York, Nebraska, and Wisconsin -- was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, with some location shooting in California's Red Rock Canyon State Park and the nearby desert.

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  • Actors: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Lesley Boone, Gary Cole, Eve Gordon
  • Directors: Arlene Sanford, Hiro Narita
  • Writers: Michael Allin, Tom Nursall, Harris Goldberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1GR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I'll Be Home For Christmas" on IMDb

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By A Customer on December 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I'll Be Home For Christmas is a great movie for the whole family! My mom and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was romantic, cute, and funny. Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Biel really shined in their roles. My favorite scene is when Jake and Allie are sitting in the sleigh together. I also liked how Jake changed from stuck up to sweet. I am planning on buying this movie but where's the soundtrack? I thought the music was great! My favorite song is "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by 'N Sync. If you haven't seen this movie, buy or rent it today. You're missing a great movie!
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I'll Be Home For Christmas is your typical fluffy holiday movie. If you don't like fluffy, feel good movies with happy endings, chances are you won't like this movie.

But, for those of us who aren't quite so cynical, this movie is pretty good. I don't really care for Jessica Biel's acting ability, so that's basically my only issue with it. On the other hand, I felt Jonathan Taylor Thomas (J.T.T. as he was known as by my teenybopper sister back in his heyday) was perfect in his role. (What ever happened to that kid?)

Anyway, J.T.T. plays Jake, a college (or prep school, not sure which) student, who is trying to get home for Christmas because if he does so, he gets his dad's vintage Porsche. Not only does Jake have the Porsche over his head, he also needs to make good with his girlfriend Ally, who after being stood up by Jake, takes up an offer of a trip back east with Jake's archenemy, Eddie.

What follows is Jake's cross-country journey where he runs into one adventure after another all the while being dressed in a Santa suit. All of which we found to be pretty entertaining! Of course, he eventually makes it home and he fixes his relationship with Ally and all is happy by the time the closing credits role. Ah, aren't these predictable holiday movies great? I love them.

I'd recommend this for families with children of most ages. My four-year-old actually watched this movie the whole way through. That's impressive!
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In 1998, movie makers came out with another Christmas classic and it was phenomenal. Johnathan Taylor Thomas played an excellent role in this film as the teenage Santa Claus. The movie is funny, hilarious and full of holiday fun. Your Christmas collection isn't complete without this.
The movie starts out in California at college where we meet Jake (Thomas) who is planning a vacation on the beach with his girlfriend (Jessica Biel) instead of going home like she wants to. So when Jake calls his family and tells him he's not planning on coming home, his father (Gary Cole) bribes him to come home. He promises Jake if he comes home, he can have the Porsche his father restored. Now he's going home! The problem is, his college rivals play a prank on him and leave him stranded in the desert with nothing and wearing a Santa costume.
So to get home, he hitches a ride with a theif who almost killed him with his van while Jake was walking on the side of the road. Then he comes accross a cop who asks Jake for help in getting his wife back. Jake does it because the cop promises to give him a bus ticket home if he succeeds. It's hilarious how Jake does it. Then, while at the bus station, Jake sees on TV his girlfriend with Eddie, who stranded him in the desert. "I'll kill him!" So he chases down Eddie and then ends up stranded again. So he enters a Santa Claus race and the winner gets money. Of course Jake wins because he's competing against old fats guys.
I'll let you see the rest. How will he find a way to get home? "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is a holiday classic. Johnathan Taylor Thomas played the best role of his career to date in this movie. He was funny and hilarious. The movie really gets you into the holiday spirit. It always worked for me and it will work for you. Merry Christmas!
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One of my favorite Christmas movies, great watch for the whole family. Jonathan Taylor Thomas goes on an adventure (not by choice) in order to get home to his family by Christmas Eve so his dad will give him his classic car. Along the way, he learns that there is more to Christmas than material things... A must watch at least once during the holiday season!
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This Movie is A Christmas Favorite in our family so I am adding it to our collection. It is a comedy but very heart warming and very humerus in areas. Plus I don't recall bad language in this movie and is great entertainment for the whole family.
Cannot always find in stores because it sells fast, had it on my wish list for later to be in stock and Amazon notified me it was in...so thank you Amazon for stocking this item once more.
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I loved this movie! It is a great film for around Christmas Time! Jonathan Taylor Thomas from "Home Improvement" is one of the leading actors in this fun story. Playing opposite is Jessica Biel. They both make a marvelous team. The story is about a young guy who loves jokes and has something always going on. Most times it can backfire or it is definitely not kosher! The film is a light hearted comedy that is most enjoyable! I will not go into specifics because that would spoil it for all who had not seen this great film.Let me just say that at sometime in your life while away from home just before Christmas you have thought about how you will get home for Christmas. Yes, because Christmas is for families and it is the only time of the year families gather to spend this magical time together. So whether you are only one hundred miles away or thousands of miles away you will always say when others ask where you are going to spend Christmas, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" if only in my dreams.
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