Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Christmas Movie # 4 (Hey Deuce – thanks for giving this to me a few months ago.)

Please click the link to read my review of The Night They Saved Christmas

Synopsis: Loveable idiot helps Santa, destroys best friend’s house. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “High-flying reindeer! Mischievous elves! Warp-speed sleigh rides! Get set for a magical dose of holiday cheer, zany season’s greetings and spell-binding special effects in this fast-paced, heartwarming comedy hit!” 

What Did I Learn?: If a movie title contains the words “Saves Christmas,” start running. 

Really?: I had a great deal of trouble believing Vern would simply stand around passively as Ernest rips out... oh, who am I kidding – this could take all day! 

Rating: I was all set to hate Ernest Saves Christmas, and then... I didn’t. Oh, don’t get me wrong, Ernest Saves Christmas is dopey, predictable and badly-written, and it is a bad movie, but the late Jim Varney was a genuinely funny guy, the film showcases his genuine comedic talent (unfortunately, the film becomes just plain awful whenever Ernest is off-screen, which is often) and it is amusing in places. Still, I cannot recommend this movie. 5/10 stars. 

Would It Work For a Bad Movie Night?: Absolutely – take a drink every time Ernest says: “knowwhatImean?”

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