Ernest Saves Christmas

Ernest Saves Christmas
Ernest Saves Christmas
  • PG
  • 1h 31m
  • 1988
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High-flying reindeer! Mischievous elves! Warp-speed sleigh rides! Get set for a magical dose of holiday cheer, zany season's greetings and spellbinding special effects in this fast-paced, heartwarming comedy hit! When Santa Claus decides to retire and pass on his magic bag of Christmas surprises to a new St. Nick, he enlists the aid of a hilarious assortment of characters, including that lovable know-it-all Ernest P. Worrell (Emmy Award-winning comedian Jim Varney)! Along the way, Santa and Ernest help a cynical teen experience the season's spirit like never before. And that's where the fun-and magic-begins! Ernest Saves Christmas... one delightful, surprising tale you'll never forget!
© 1988 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Steve Crum

Typical yet frequently goofy fun Ernest flick.

June 21, 2017
Emanuel Levy

June 21, 2017
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Philip Martin

June 21, 2017
New Times
Luke Y. Thompson

A Christmas classic. Jim Varney is sorely missed in my heart.

June 20, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Goofy holiday movie is OK fun for families, knowwhatImean?

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1988 movie starring actor Jim Varney's oddball alter ego is short on both strong content and Christmas cheer, but his trademark slapstick humor will keep a range of ages entertained nonetheless. Young kids may be confused by the storyline, which centers on an aging Santa (who's not dressed in the traditional red, so as to blend in) seeking out his replacement for the job, so it likely will raise more questions about the St. Nick legend than it's worth. Older kids and tweens will have more patience for Ernest's particular brand of comedy, and they'll be able to recognize the heartening story surrounding a runaway's journey back home. This movie is a fun blast from the past for parents for whom Ernest is a recognizable face from their formative years, and they'll probably spot the blatant product placement (Coca-Cola, Nissan, Bic) more easily than will their kids because of their familiarity with the ads of the time.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:November 11, 1988
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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