2nd Happy Holidays Blogathon – Even Stevens – Heck of a Hanukkah (2000)

This is the second of 3 posts dedicated to The 2nd Annual Happy Holidays Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“Look at them. Please, just look at them. This whole trip is great, you know. Because now I know what it’d be like if my family never had me. They’d be a hundred times better! Thank you, BOOBY. ” – Louis Stevens

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After getting grounded for breaking all of the family’s Hanukkah gifts, Louis wishes he was never born and his fairy great grandmother lets him see how life would be without him.

My Take on it – In order to add a bit of diversity to this blogathon, I decided to choose three films that have blatant Hanukah references.

This is a TV show about an interfaith family who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, but this episode solely focuses on the Hanukkah aspect.

This is a truly terrible story that fails to be engaging on any level.

The cast of his show deliver their lines in a really wooden fashion which makes it even crazier and cornier to watch.

Shia Lebouf lays the lead role and it shows because he isn’t able to give us a character who we can really care about, unlike in most films or shows that feature a similar premise.

In other words, he’s no George Bailey! 😦

The premise is one that has been used and copied so many times, but never has any of the carbon copies managed to be as effective as the original one in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946).

The way that they present things here is in a very simplistic and strange way that fails to find a way to connect at all.

None of the jokes are funny and the sentimental moments aren’t effective enough for us to care about any of the characters.

The way that the film presents and ‘alternative’ world for this character is sightly reminiscent of Back to the Future (1985) because we can truly see how one’s absence could make some very drastic changes in personalities of the characters.

Unfortunately, this story forgets that they need to give a real message and due to the silliness of it all, it’s really difficult to take any of this story seriously at all.

Bottom Line – Horrendous TV show that doesn’t work on any level. The cast deliver their lines in a very wooden fashion led by a very young LeBouf. The premise is one that has been used so many times over the years and in most cases much more effectively. The story plays out in a very strange and simple way that just never connects. The jokes aren’t very funny and they leave no reason for us to even care about this character or anything that he does.  The film feels like a cross between Back to the Future (1985) and It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) due to the way that things play out in the alternative world, but it all seems far too silly to be taken seriously or even to take a real message from the story as it unfolds.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Assuming the Hanukkah holiday was occurring in the year this show was first aired (2000), Louis’s tag line at the end, once Hanukkah is over, “So, how many days ’til Christmas?” wouldn’t work: in 2000, the eight days of Hanukkah ended on December 29, four days after Christmas Day. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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2 thoughts on “2nd Happy Holidays Blogathon – Even Stevens – Heck of a Hanukkah (2000)

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