Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)


“You know, I don’t tell many people this, but Christmas is just about my favorite time. Ever since I was a little kid, I always felt like it was my own personal holiday.” – Ernest P. Worell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Ernest must help Santa Clause find a replacement before he loses all of his magical powers.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had really low expectations for since I’ve never been the biggest fan of the characters of Ernest P. Worrell.

Jim Varney always plays this character to the extreme and this film is no exception to that and his character does get a bit too unbearable at certain parts along the way.

The fact that this film actually gives Varney a few great opportunities to portray various characters in disguise helps things a bit because despite the absurdity of it all, it still can elicit some laughter along the way.

The film has an ok supporting cast but Douglas Seale actually stands out here as the ‘real’ Santa Clause.

For those unfamiliar with him, he voices the character of the sultan in Aladdin (1992)

The film’s story and plot get a bit out of hand here and takes things into some very strange territory.

surprisingly tho they do manage to get things back on track for the finale which is more enjoyable and meaningful than the rest of the films in this series.

Bottom Line – More enjoyable than I expected even if Ernest can be quite unbearable at times. Varney plays this character in some really strange ways, but this film at least gives him a few opportunities to disguise his character and it actually works really well. The supporting cast is fine but Seale really stands out as Santa.  The plot gets a bit out of hand and takes the story to some very strange places, yet still finds a way to return to something more enjoyable and meaningful towards the end.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the second movie from 1988 to feature Robert Lesser that is set at Christmas and whose opening shot is of a plane landing at an airport. The other is Die Hard (1988). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

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