Enjoying ‘Jingle All the Way’ This Christmas
Christmas is a time for families, for singing carols around the tree, for eggnog, and for fun family entertainment. If you want to enjoy some time in front of the TV with your family this Christmas, check out 1996’s ‘Jingle All the Way,’ a classic comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and comedian Sinbad.
In the film, the two men star as rival fathers who are both out to get a coveted Turbo-Man action figure on the night before Christmas. Howard Langston, played by Schwarzenegger, is a mattress salesman that has little time for his wife or son and who wants to make it up to them both by obtaining the coveted toy, sold out from stores everywhere. Myron Larabee, played by Sinbad, is a postal worker that seems to have the same problem and the same ambition as Langston, and the two continue to cross paths over the Christmas Eve holiday.
The two men try to get the toy at a local mall only to fight over the last one in stock, and when both come up empty-handed, they start to blame and fight each other. Langston is caught in a nearby parade and pretends to be a live action Turbo-Man, giving the only one in the parade to his son in the crowd. Larabee, not ready to give up on the coveted toy, tries to chase down the boy while disguised as the toy’s nemesis. In the end, both men and their families need to learn about the real meaning of Christmas and the dangers of over-commercializing the holiday.
Children may appreciate the slapstick styled comedy of the film, as both men throw themselves into their roles of trying to get the last Turbo-Man. Schwarzenegger is typically known for his physical roles and he holds nothing back from this movie as he literally runs over everyone in his way while trying to get his hands on his precious toy. Sinbad is also known for his comedic timing onstage, and in this movie he holds his own against the star and strongman.
A very strong supporting cast of Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman, and Martin Mull round out the film, and it’s a modern-day classic that you’re sure to enjoy. Adults may appreciate the message of not getting caught up in gift giving and toy buying and to instead enjoy the holiday for what it’s meant to be, and children may even see themselves in the characters and their quest for the perfect toy for Christmas.
This year, give “Jingle All the Way” another look and enjoy it with your family. It may become your new holiday favorite.