Film / Jack Frost (1998)

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Jack Frost is getting a second chance to be the world's coolest dad... if he doesn't melt first.
Jack Frost is a 1998 family film directed by Troy Miller, starring Michael Keaton. Jack Frost (Keaton) is a workaholic rock singer who's on the road most of the time so he can't spend a lot of time with his wife Gabby (Kelly Preston) and son Charlie (Joseph Cross) and constantly breaks/forgets the promises he made to them. One evening, Jack decides to abandon his gig and spend the holidays with his family. Unfortunately, a bad storm begins block to his view, and due to the faulty windshield wiper, Jack crashes his car and is killed instantly.

One year later, the spirit of Jack finds himself reincarnated in a snowman's body. This is in order to allow father-son bonding that had never quite happened in Jack's human life.

Under no circumstances is it to be confused with an identically-titled film that came out the preceding year.


This family film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: The harmonica really was magical, much to both Charlie and Jack's surprise.
  • Back from the Dead: With a large side of Redemption Quest.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: When Jack comes back as a snowman, he's momentarily dismayed upon discovering that his new body isn't anatomically correct.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Jack reconciles with his son. But ultimately has to pass on.
  • But Now I Must Go: Jack is restored to his human form just once so he can say goodbye to his wife and son, before passing on.
  • Call-Back: The film opens with a snowball fight in the school yard, Charlie leading the children to win it. After Jack's death, the film skips a year later to another snowball fight. This time Charlie doesn't help.
  • Cassandra Truth: Charlie tries to explain to his mom several times that the snowman is really Jack, but she and Mac think he's gone nuts.
  • Daddy Didn't Show: Twice. Jack has to miss a hockey game, but promises to make it up with a trip to the mountains for Christmas. But then Jack is called in to record songs that mean he won't be home for Christmas. He leaves early and tries to get home, but dies in the car crash.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jack. Even more in his snowman form.
  • Everytown, America: The film is set in the fictional town of Medford, Colorado.
  • Freudian Excuse: The bully Rory claims that he never knew his father.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • One scene had the titular snowman receive two snowballs to the chest during a snowball fight. He gropes himself for a second before throwing them away.
    • And when making a snowman, Jack pretends he misunderstood about where to attach the carrot. This one later comes back to bite him when he becomes the snowman, looks down to find out in his own horror that he has no genitals.
    • In the cold mountains, Jack says, "My balls are freezing!"
  • Heel–Face Turn: Rory Buck is revealed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and ultimately helps Charlie get Jack to the mountains.
  • Just for Fun: "Snow dad is better than no dad."
  • Papa Wolf: Armed with snowballs. And he knows how to use them.
  • Punny Name: Jack's last name is literally Frost.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Natalie is the only girl on the hockey team.
  • Snowlems: Take a guess. Type II.
  • Spiky Hair: Rory Buck, The Bully, has spiky blond hair to show how hard he is.

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