What You Need To Know:
(B, C, L, V, A, D) Moral worldview where parental responsibility and fatherly love triumph over adulterous advances & child neglect as well as positive portrayal of prayer; 4 obscenities & several overt sexual references; moderate action & mean-spirited slapstick violence including chases, tripping, bomb threat, man punches mean reindeer, & Ninja Santa threatens; alcohol use; and, breaking, entering, stealing, & fraud rebuked
Fast-paced, JINGLE ALL THE WAY stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as, Howard, a workaholic father who ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy Turbo Man. The toy store clerks laugh at him and say the doll hasn’t been available since Thanksgiving. Howard meets a crazed mailman named Myron, played by Sinbad, who also wants the doll for his own son. Myron asks to partner with Howard, but Howard says no. From then on, Myron and Howard go from one escapade to another in search for the toy. Through some daring-do and a last battle against Myron dressed as Turbo Man’s arch-villain, Howard is able to come through on promises to his son and wife.
This movie is sometimes over-the-top, especially with its slapstick violence and sexual innuendo, but otherwise well executed in every way. The driving force is Howard’s quest to fulfill his promise to his son. Another important theme is preserving the family, and so adultery is shunned. Regrettably, the movie makes fun of fathers and social virtues. Christians won’t mind the fact that the movie mocks Santa Claus, Rudolf and commercialism, but Howard’s son’s hero worship is not replaced by faith in Jesus, who is the reason for the season, but by father worship. Furthermore, the humor is based on mockery and satire, not on biblical virtues.