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I'll Be Home for Christmas

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Arlene Sanford

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Plot Summary

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!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: If you've never had the urge to kick Santa Claus, this might be just the irksome misadventure into comedy that will drive you over the edge. – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: This family comedy finds unearned laughs in old women and dog flatulence. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 3, 2012

Rotten: I'll Be Home For Christmas is entertainment for the whole family only if your whole family is incredibly bored. – Paul Clinton (,, Apr 16, 2008

Rotten: The film equivalent of easy listening. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews

He's so cute!

I'm a really big taylor thomas fan and this movie is really great. He's such a great movie star and this movie shows it! Also try Lion King, Walking Acrosss Egypt, Home Improvement, Tom and Huck, Speedway Junky, I Awoke Early The Day I Died, Wild America, Man Of The House, 8 Simple Rules...For Dating My Teenage Daughter, and many many more!


Jonathon is a great actor and this just goes to show how great of an actor he is. Great movie for kids and family. Perfect for the holidays!


It's obvious that Jonathan Taylor Thomas is extremely talented, and hot :), and his performance in this movie just reinforces that fact. it's a hilarious, light-hearted movie that will make you smile every time you watch it! this is a must see for any time of the year!! :)

I'll Be Home for Christmas
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1998

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