You'd think that the comedic prowess of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the acting talents of Sinbad, and the star power of a Jim Belushi cameo would make for the ultimate Christmas movie! Instead we have an illogical and unbelievable commercial masked as a movie. Join the How Did This Get Made? crew and Joe Mande for this bonus holiday episode and listen in to hear if your Eardrop made it! Happy Holidays!
Episode 26 — Jingle All The Way
Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:08 AM
Though I won't go so far as to give this film a five star review, I will say this is one of my favorite terrible guilty pleasures around the holidays. It's ridiculous and awful, but I don't think it's a boring movie.
Also, I'm always interested to know, especially in bad films, what later happened to the child actors. According to Wikipedia, the kid that played Jamie is "best known for his performances in the films Jingle All the Way and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." It doesn't look like he's seen much work since. Judging by the two major films he's starred in, I have to say, I'm not surprised.
Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:07 AM
you've no idea how happy this actually makes me. my nephew has ADHD and fixated on JATW for YEARS. He would watch it multiple times a day if we let him. I don't like christmas movies, generally, and while I'm an Arnold fan, I have my limits. I've seen this movie literally dozens of times, maybe more than a hundred, which is so many more times than I've seen any movie that I like. Thank you. toogentlemen.blogspot.com
Posted 22 December 2011 - 01:12 PM
Great work. If you guys are looking to go over more movies from the mid nineties, revolving around toys, and featuring Phil Hartman, then you guys should review Small Soldiers. There are a ton of comics in it for no reason. Plus, they design the toys to feel pain for some reason.
Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:45 AM
I agree two episodes one week... brilliant..
This movie always reminds me of Umberto Eco's essay "How To Recognize Pornography". Actually, most movies get a relcass after reading that...
Oh yeah I am still campaigning that "I <3 Huckabees" get a slot on this show at some point.... when you have things like this how can you go wrong?
Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:30 PM
I actually thought this movie was pretty good. This one and All About Steve weren't bad... I could see where they were coming from and there were definitely some smart and clever jokes involved. In this one, Sinbad saying he knows what he's talking about because he took a psychology class at a community college is pretty funny. And the guy talking to Arnold about the TurboMan actor who ended up in the hospital. He said that the guy had "some brain activity this morning.. so that's good".. or something like that. I'm just sayin'.. .It was kind of funny and not as vomitrocious as Catwoman.
And, I agree with Foam Corner, this guest sounds exactly like Harris Wittels.. and it made me happy.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:04 PM
I would totally greenlight a grim and gritty remake of this. Keep it as street-level as Big Fan, cast a couple of guys who know how to play darkly funny , like Patton Oswalt as the box spring king and Louie C.K. as the postman, have the fights and violence have real-world consequences, portray both characters as losing their minds, but Louie on a real suicide spiral, bombing people and killing cops, then have the postman get shot right as the boy hands the toy to him. Right through the toy.
This episode was a great pitch meeting. Also really funny. Joe Mande blended smoothly into your mix. He came and he gave without taking.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:01 PM
In this family holiday flick, when Sinbad punches Booger off the float and the kids start beating him one of them yells "WE DON'T LIKE YOU FAG!" Was that what he said? Did that really make the cut?
Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:23 PM
Also I remember going to Universal Studios in the summer before this came out and they were still filming the final parade scenes there, so they put the whole setting in the backlot tour and made a BIG deal about it as if this was the second coming. And then for some reason my parents got me that shitty Turboman toy for Christmas. The thing was nearly immobile, shot little disks that got stuck in the launcher, and had a voice chip that spat out taglines in a voice from someone other that Arnold.