YMMV / Jingle All the Way

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     Jingle All The Way 
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The fake bomb package Myron tricked the cops with actually exploding? Kinda funny. Myron pausing to look back, horrified it was actually a bomb, and cursing "this is a sick world we're living in!" Hilarious!
  • 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 is always 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.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: What's 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 son's present. That aside though Howard quite clearly committed identity fraud getting into the parade, physically assaulted the other crew members, and endangered the public with his untrained use of the jetpack.
  • 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.
    • Consider the fact that, after the end credits, Howard's wife was expecting him to get her something as well. Subtly hypocritical, much?
    • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Store employees getting trampled by impatient customers, which occurs early in the film. It may have been funny at one time (due to being over-the-top), but people in real life have actually been killed from being trampled, so it's not funny anymore.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A bomb turns out to be in one package going though the mail. With today's terrorist-fearing society, that scene can come off as awkward.
    • A running gag in the film is how Booster is The Scrappy in the Turbo Man universe, at least as far as the fans are concerned. Jake Lloyd, who plays Jamie, would eventually be regarded as The Scrappy himself, to an even worse degree, after appearing as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Howard almost giving the future Darth Vader the "I Am Your Father" speech.
  • Idiot Plot: The entire film happens because Howard forgot to buy Jaime the doll months ago, and Liz, after telling him to do so, never thought to bring it up again until shortly before Christmas.
  • 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: Jamie is 9-year old Anakin Skywalker.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The cliched When You Coming Home, Dad? trope aside, Jaime acts like a spoiled brat to Howard at every turn, rebuffs his attempts to make amends, and only shows love for him when Howard plays to his materialism and promises him the Turboman doll. Jake Lloyd's terrible acting doesn't help win the kid sympathy either.
  • The Woobie: Howard goes through absolute hell to get his son the toy he wants for Christmas, a plight every parent can sympathize with. When he finally gets the doll during the parade and picks it up in awe, then holds it up in triumph and cheers, you want to cheer with him.

     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.