Excerpt: Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a driven businessman who always goes the extra mile for his customers, even at the cost of his life at home. He isn’t a bad person, he loves his wife and son, but he doesn’t always provide as much attention at home, because of his commitment to his work. He does provide a lush home and all the possessions one could want, but his family wants more than that from him.
Conclusion: Jingle All the Way is an Arnold Schwarzenegger film suitable for the whole family. Heavy on the laughs, charming, and always entertaining, the film may not be a classic, or even vintage Arnold, but it features the Austrian Oak in a role well-suited to his abilities, both in stature and in his under-appreciated comedic skills. 20th Century Fox's Blu-ray release of Jingle All the Way is surprisingly good from a technical perspective.
Summary: Director Brian Levant has been a pioneer of thought-provoking American drama, as proven with early ‘90s hits Beethoven and Problem Child 2 . However, it’s this indie Christmas comedy that has stamped his name next to other legendary family filmmaking legends David Lynch and Michael Haneke.