YMMV: Jingle All the Way

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     Jingle All The Way 
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Liz hitting Ted over the head with a thermos of eggnog could be considered this for the whole film, knowing what a seductive and manipulative sleazeball he constantly is towards women; not to mention how he always is taking advantage of Howard's weaknesses and trying to make him look bad.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The heroic Turboman theme is actually pretty cool when played live during the parade.
    • Shame an album of David Newman's score wasn't released until years later.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Bombs being sent through the post? In a family comedy? Really? See also Harsher in Hindsight below. The film does call it out on it though.
    Myron: That was really a bomb? *beat* This is a sick world we live in, sick people!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Buying your kids toys they want, even if you have to go through hell, is the best way to show you love them.
    • Not all that family unfriendly, actually. Going through great pains for one's children is something any parent can identify with, and Jamie wound up giving the toy to someone else. The film was actually very anti-materialism in the end.
      • Unless you consider the fact that, after the end credits, Howard's wife was expecting him to get her something as well. Subtly hypocritical, much?
      • Or just Rule of Funny
    • No way does the film criticize or provide meaningful commentary on how Howard and Myron are only going through hell to get the toy to make up for not being there for their kids the rest of the year.
    • How about Johnny's dialogue to Janie that Ted was a deadbeat dad too until the divorce, and suggesting that if Jaime's parents get divorced it could make Howard a better father. It doesn't help that the film seems to want to agree with Johnny.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A bomb turns out to be in one package going though the mail.
    • With today's terrorist feared society that scene can come off as awkward.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Howard almost giving the future Darth Vader the "I Am Your Father" speech.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Whats to stop Howard from getting arrested? Especially from Ted who has enough evidence to convict him for breaking into his own house and stealing his sons present.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Myron. Despite his flaws, the audience can't help but feel kinda sorry for him as it is implied that he lives a relatively crappy life—he works long hours to no reward or recognition, has no family, his wife cheated on him repeatedly and took custody of his son during their divorce, money is tight as a significant chunk of his income is sent to the aforementioned cheating wife for child support, and he seems to be generally treated unfairly by everybody in his life. So despite being an antagonistic character in the film, the viewer can't help but understand and emphasize with his cynical attitude and animosity for the holidays, even though he can be a bit annoying for the way he jabbers too much about rhetoric.
    • The Motorcycle Cop also is on account of always falling victim to Howard and Myron.
    • Todd's son Johnny counts as one, since he's Innocently Insensitive and his father is spoiling him just to hit on other women.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Put dat cookie daughn! NAUGHH!" Thank Swede Mason for the mix.
    • Less memetically, "It's turbo time!"
  • Narm: Most of the son's lines, due to Jake's wooden acting.
    • Also, Howard's wife gets a very narmy scene. The line itself is simply "damn you, Howard," but it really cannot be stated how terrible the delivery is.
    • Rita Wilson clearly shoving her head down after telling Howard how hard the toy will be to find, so the camera can zoom over her.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Ahnold's son is Anakin Skywalker.
  • The Scrappy: Booster is clearly one in the Turboman show. His toy is far easier to find, and the poor guy playing him in the parade ends up beaten up by a bunch of kids who scream about how much they hate him.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Don't take it too seriously, and you just might enjoy this one.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Admit it, some of Myron's views on the Christmas season and some of the points he makes on how the marketing divisions of toy companies stir up these major "crazes" for a new toy during the Christmas season for their own profit are rather valid.
    • Subverted by how he attributes him living a miserable life while his childhood neighbor went on to become a millionaire CEO is due to him getting the fad toy for Christmas during his childhood while Myron didn't.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: What could have been a biting social commentary about the ridiculousness of holiday toy searches, or at least just a plain funny family film, gets executed horribly.

     Jingle All The Way 2 
  • In Name Only: Considered this by many fans of the first with complaints being it has the title but none of the over the top zaniness of the first movie.
  • Sequelitis: Pretty much got this distinction no sooner then it was announced. The fact that it starred Larry the Cable Guy, already infamous for making a DTV sequel to the The Tooth Fairy, didn't help matters.