Thursday, December 24, 2015

IN DEFENSE OF "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" - A HORRIFIC ROAD TRIP via Tommy's House Of Horrors

IN DEFENSE OF "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"
 - A HORRIFIC ROAD TRIP

"Neither parent nor child will find merriment in this mess." "Anti-matter" "Empty cheerful sanitized gimmicks" - These are just a few of the many things said about this 1998 Christmas comedy starring the charismatic Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I must admit going into my first viewing about 15 years ago, I was already a bit of a fan of the young actor, not so much of his television stuff but his performance in Wild America, another great family fun movie. Nothing new under the sun here as far as plot and the movie makes clear from the start this is about college kids doing college things. The fact that it turns into this sort of groovy road trip for most of it's running time is very appealing and I can't see road trip movie fans not liking this one, especially with the vast array of characters our protagonist encounters along the way. 



THE OLD LADIES TOM JONES CLUB

The Love-Sick & His Estranged Wife

THE"WRAPPED TOO TIGHT"BUS DRIVER

THE SANTA CLAUS RACE

RINGO THE DOG (WHO HAS GAS)

AND FINALLY THE LOCAL PARADE (WHERE JAKE STEALS A SLEIGH)


He goes through all that and still winds up riding off with the girl? Way to go Jake! So what's not to like rite? And if that's not enough we also have a young Jessica Biel in one of her first roles and the always entertaining Gary Cole. Give this one a shot, it's the - well as we like to say - The Horror!!

The Horror!

Tommy's House of Horrors is a one-of-a-kind blog where the worlds of rock music rarities and B-movies of all kinds collide, all under the guise of a carnival horror ride. Our tagline is "all things musically and cinematically horrific" and our motto is "The Horror." Similar to how the phrase "forgetaboutit" in Donnie Brasco is used, "The Horror" can mean it's a good film or record, or it can mean it really IS a horror, as in bad! Sometimes it just means The Horror! 

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