I'll Be Home for Christmas is a 1998 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Arlene Sanford. The plot follows a college student who must make it from his campus in Los Angeles, California to his family's home in Larchmont, New York in time for Christmas dinner in order to win his father's Porsche. It stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Sean O'Bryan and Gary Cole and was released on November 13, 1998.
College student Jake Wilkinson attends tertiary studies in a prestigious California college but has not been home to Larchmont, New York for any holidays following his biological mother's death and his father's remarriage 10 months later. A few days before Christmas Eve, his father, learning that Jake has traded in his airline ticket to New York for two tickets to Cabo San Lucas, offers to give him his vintage 1957 Porsche 356 if he arrives to their home by 6:00 PM on Christmas Eve for Christmas dinner. Jake's girlfriend Allie, who was against the trip to Cabo, agrees to ride with him to Larchmont, where her own family also lives.
Jake talks to his sister, who arranges for an airline ticket for him from Madison, Wisconsin. A staff for his intended airline doesn't allow Jake board because he has no photographic identification, so he stows away in a dog kennel on a cargo aircraft with a large dog named Ringo. From the airport he hides on a train, tries to hitch a ride in a car, then steals a one-horse open sleigh from the local parade. When he reaches his street, he apologizes to Allie and they make up. Jake rides the sleigh home, arrives at 5:59 PM, and intentionally waits until 6:00 PM to go inside so he isn't in time to get the Porsche. When his father offers it to him anyway, he refuses. He also finally accepts his stepmother. The Wilkinsons and Allie get into the sleigh just as the parade arrives and join the procession.
\"I'll Be Home for Christmas\" is a Christmas song written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent and recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby, who scored a top ten hit with the song. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmas time, \"I'll Be Home for Christmas\" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.
The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells his family he will be coming home and to prepare the holiday for him, and requests snow, mistletoe, and presents under the tree. The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying, \"I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams\". The flip side of the original recording (Decca 18570B) was \"Danny Boy.\"
Despite the song's popularity with Americans at the front and at home, in the UK the BBC banned the song from broadcast, as the Corporation's management felt the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.
Wisecracking college freshman Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) has refused to go home since his dad remarried after his mother's death. But he changes his tune when his father says he'll give Jake his treasured Porsche if he gets home by Christmas Eve. Allie (Jessica Biel), Jake's girlfriend, is delighted because they get to travel home together. Plans change when Jake gets into trouble helping some football players cheat on an exam. Pretty soon, he ends up dumped in the desert dressed in a Santa Claus suit while Allie hitches a ride home with Eddie, Jake's sworn enemy. Jake is determined to get to New York. Still dressed as Santa, he makes his way across the country, fast-talking his way out of every sticky situation. As he travels, he begins to realize the importance of friends and family. By the time he gets home, he doesn't even care about the Porsche.
When Ben DeBacker tries to come out to their parents as non-binary, their life comes to a screeching halt as they\\u2019re thrown out of their home. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents\\u2019 rejection, they find a new home with their estranged sister Hannah, and a new school.
The plot: Thomas plays Jake, a student at Palisades University,a campus on the Pacific coast that, in this film, looks like a high schoolwhere Our Miss Brooks would still be on the faculty. His dad has sent him aticket to fly home to Larchmont, N.Y., for Christmas, but his devious plan isto cash it in for two tickets to a beach resort and persuade his girlfriendAllie (Jessica Biel) to go along. Then Jake's dad bribes him with a restored'57 Porsche if he'll come home for Christmas.
Jake wears the Santa suit for the rest of the movie, as hedesperately tries to get home to Larchmont, rescue Allie from Eddie, etc. Asyou can imagine, the Santa costume inspires countless wheezy attempts at humor.It even gets him entered in a Santa 5K Charity Run, where all the contestantsare dressed as Santa. (In a heartrending finale, he beats the mayor, but stillallows the mayor to donate the cash prize to buy turkeys for those without abird on the table for the holidays.) Of course Jake steals a sleigh for the bigclimax.
I am particularly reminded of life as a child when the burden of being responsible was in the great hands of my parents. As I listen to the song, I remember the importance of family. As I have said many times, my mother and father showered us with love and affection-not always verbally, but with their actions. Although my mother was a great cook every day, Christmas really brought out her culinary skills. The smell of her wonderful pies and cakes being cooked and baked on a wooden stove wafting through the house, gave special meaning to the season. It was a time of year that our home was always crowded with guest, black and white, interested in sampling her daily creations.
Coffin, best known for his associations with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones (past) and the Dave Matthews Band (ongoing), was looking to stir up some holiday cheer in a hurry. He convened those fellow players, bassist Matt Wigton and drummer Jordan Perlson, at his home studio in Nashville. They set up in a single room with no headphones, making up their track list and arrangements on the spot.
That's because Santa comes in the form of a smug, smarmy collegian named Jake. As written by Harris Goldberg and Tom Nursall and directed by Arlene Sanford, \"I'll Be Home for Christmas\" asks of its audience something even more difficult than believing in Old Saint Nick or the Easter Bunny: It asks the audience to believe that Jake, an obnoxious twit played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas of \"Home Improvement,\" undergoes some sort of metamorphosis as he makes his way cross-country from California to his home in Larchmont, N.Y., at Christmas break while glued inside a Santa suit.
Although less serious than disruption of the Middle East oil supply, this setback has repercussions: (1) Jake may not make it home to Westchester by 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the deadline for his father's bribe, a classic red Porsche.
Hamlet-like, Jake has been avoiding home because he thinks Dad married in unseemly haste after Mom's death. (2) Jake's girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), a young woman tolerant of Jake to the point of idiocy, has to accept a ride from college to Larchmont with Eddie.
Wow, Randi, The Wren is gorgeous! Best Christmas ever! First condolences for yoyr families lost, so blessed he was 98. Mt sweet mom is 94 still active and I thank each day I have her. I love your reflection on Christmas and the true meaning of our Christ. I can hardly wait to see your magical spin on your new home. I so appreciate your enthusiasm and generosity in sharing your talents. Congratulations you truly shine at this! Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.
For many, this would have been their first time away from home. Like my dad. He was one of the brave young men who serve in WWII. I then started to think about the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces today, and felt this song needed a second verse. The following was co-written with my late wife:
Idina Menzel has a lot to celebrate this holiday season, with the recent release of her latest holiday album and Frozen 2 freezing out the competition at the box office. With the release of a music video for \"I'll Be home for Christmas,\" featuring her husband, Aaron Lohr, She writes: \"This has been one of the best years. Thanks for going on the ride with me. And now I'm happy to be home with the ones I love. Happy Holidays, everyone.\" Watch the full video below!Purchase Idina's Christmas album here.Idina made her Broadway debut as Maureen in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner, Rent, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She followed that with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba in Wicked, which she subsequently brought to London's West End. Other New York stage work includes If/Then (Tony nomination), See What I Wanna See (Public), The Wild Party (MTC), and Hair (Encores). Menzel's voice can be heard in the Disney animated musical, Frozen, singing its Oscar nominated song, \"Let It Go.\"
Jake Wilkinson (Thomas) is an 18-year-old boy attending Palisades Academy in California. For the past few years, he has not been home for Christmas since his mother died and his father (Gary Cole) remarried not long after. A few days before Christmas, his father offers to give him his vintage 1957 Porsche if he is home in time for Christmas dinner at 6:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve.
However, Eddie Taffet (Adam LaVorgna), a fellow student nicknamed \"The Ed-Man\", has the hots for Jake's girlfriend Allie Henderson (Biel). When he hears that Jake promised to help some jocks cheat a test, he puts a stop to it and causes them to fail. With Jake easily to blame, he gets left in the middle of the desert dressed in a Santa suit that's glued to his body. With no money or ID, Jake must find a way to get home for Christmas to get that car.Tropes seen in this film: Bad Boss: Eddie ruins his own gang's attempt to cheat on their midterms so that he can rally them against Jake and get them to help him strand Jake in the desert. Big Bad: Eddie Taffet, who essentially resorts to two occasions of kidnapping in order to try to steal a girl away from her boyfriend. Brick Joke: Allie comments that she won't trust Jake even if he shows up in a one-horse open sleigh. Later in the film, he shows up in exactly that... and wins her back. College Is \"High School, Part 2\": The film never clarifies if Jake is a college or boarding school student. The opening title calls it \"Palisades College\" but Allie refers to it as an \"academy\" and the students still use hallway lockers big enough for stereotypical high school jocks to stick a nerd into. Cool Car: The MacGuffin that sets the entire chain of action in motion. Crazy Jealous Guy: Jake gets furious over his girlfriend kissing Ed-Man and growls \"I'll kill him\" under his breath. Crying Wolf: Jakes manages to call his father and tells him that he's in the middle of nowhere with no money. However, with all the excuses he has made to avoid being home for Christmas, he isn't believed. Defeat by Modesty: Jake attempts this when he thinks Allie slept with Eddie, who at the moment is only wearing a towel. When Eddie eggs him on by saying that all that happened (a kiss under the mistletoe) was good, Jake angrily pulls the towel off. Didn't Think This Through: Demanding to know the location of a guest and threatening the receptionist quickly gets Jake tossed out of the hotel. Eddie stranding Jake in the middle of the dessert in a Santa outfit with no food or water, potentially hours away from civilization would be considered this. Had Jake died out there, or any point in trying to get home, he would be a suspect for kidnapping and potentially murder. Given their whereabouts would be questioned on account of the fact they would have have dissapeared for several hours just drive to said dessert. Exact Words: Jake's father offers to give him his Porsche if he is home by 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and not a minute later. He gets the car because, despite showing up late, he was just a few seconds late, and not a minute late. Hate Sink: Eddie Taffet is Jake Wilkinson's rival for Allie Henderson's affections. Wanting to get Jake out of the way so he can have Allie for himself, Eddie sabotages Jake's attempt to help Eddie's own friends cheat on their midterms while also for the second time snagging and imprisoning Jake's friend Ian in his own locker, this time over Christmas break. Eddie then has his friends help him strand Jake in the desert with no means of getting out easily and convinces Allie to ride with him, while later preventing Jake from getting to them at a rest stop at one point too. He later seems willing to help Jake ride home after Allie leaves them both, only to abandon Jake again when Eddie shows jealousy and decides it's not in his character to do so. High-School Hustler: Jake is a college version of this, because in this movie, college bears a striking resemblance to high school, but with dorms. Hurrying Home for the Holidays: Jake has until 6:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve to get home for Christmas dinner. Idiot Ball: Somehow, a teacher doesn't think twice when three students start using their pagers in the middle of a test. Jerkass: Ed-Man. He tries to steal Jake's girlfriend and he openly admits that he can't help do anything good for anyone else because it'll damage his reputation. Still, he wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't so worried about it. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jake. Karma Houdini: The guys in Eddie's gang who stranded Jake in the desert and locked Ian in his locker are never seen again, and presumably got away with murder. That said, their own leader screwed them over and manipulated them, so you can argue they were also victims of circumstance. Keep the Reward: In the middle of the film, Jake enters into a marathon of Santa-dressed runners for a cash prize which he can use to get back home in time. He wins but only due to the Santa that was in the lead being a fair sport and allowing him to catch up when he ran into trouble. He learns later that the Santa was the mayor of the town he's in and uses the money for charity. Feeling guilty, Jake finds the mayor's house and leaves the money in his mailbox for him to find later. Lack of Empathy: At no point in the film does anyone take notice (save for sister at the end) at Jake who throughout it, would likely be suffering from heatstroke from traversing a dessert, pneumonia from being out in the rain and snow, having likely had little to eat or drink and his Santa outfit smelling like sweat, filth and urine due to being unable to take it off. Keep in mind Jake is a late teen/early college age kid so it's doubtful he would be seen as a bum. Laser-Guided Karma: The bus driver quickly realizes that Jake played on the goodwill of the passengers, and so lets Allie take his seat. Eddie gets his near the end of the movie: He insults two cops and ends up getting arrested with him begging Jake for help, only for the latter to happily wave goodbye. MacGuffin: The Porsche. The 1957 Porsche. THE Porsche that they restored by hand. THE Porsche that, in Jake's mind, would look best with Jake at the wheel. Naked People Are Funny: At least, Jake seems to think so after removing the Ed-Man's towel. National Stereotypes: One of the Santas in the marathon looks like a professional runner and is physically fit in stark contrast to average build Jake and all the overweight Santas. He is called Kenyan Santa in the credits. Offscreen Inertia: Ian is last seen locked in the school lockers at night, just before winter break, meaning that there will be no one to find him until January when classes resume, by which point he will be long dead of starvation. Oh, Crap!: The Ed-Man, with the sinking realization that he has just called two police officers, in full Christmas costume, \"jingle balls\". Put on a Prison Bus: Eddie. Redemption Rejection: Eddie, in an unfair turn of events, leaves Jake on the road, believing that it is not in his nature to do so. Road Trip Plot: Featuring the rare combination of hitchhiking with Tom Jones fans, hitchhiking with a purveyor of stolen goods, hitchhiking with a police officer, taking a bus, hitchhiking with the sworn enemy, running a fun-run, flying in a cargo hold, grabbing the roof of a passing car and finishing in a one-horse open sleigh. Rule of Funny: Allison's voicemail only seems to allow messages of no more than five seconds, far too short for any message actually explaining who called her and why. But if it lasted any longer, we wouldn't have Jake blurting \"Desert Santa buzzard tumbleweed!\" into the phone to try and explain himself before he's cut off. Scenery Censor: Eddie's private area is censored by a mug of orange juice after his towel is pulled off. Third-Person Person: The Ed-Man. Titled After the Song: Although the song we hear first under the opening credits is, weirdly enough, \"Cool Yule.\" Under the Mistletoe: Allie and The Ed-Man find themselves unexpectedly under it, which a less-than-thrilled Jake sees on television due to fortuitous reporting. 59ce067264