I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998 Movie)

Disney’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a family comedy film released in 1998. The movie follows the story of Jake Wilkinson, played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, a self-centered college student who is more interested in spending time with his girlfriend, Allie Henderson (Jessica Biel), than going home for Christmas. However, his plans take an unexpected turn when his father, played by Gary Cole, bribes him to come home for Christmas by offering him a vintage Porsche as a gift.

Reluctantly, Jake begins his journey home from California to New York, hoping to claim the car and then return to his girlfriend. However, things don’t go as planned, and Jake finds himself in a series of misadventures along the way. He faces various challenges, including getting stranded in the desert dressed as Santa Claus and dealing with a shady Santa Claus impersonator played by Adam LaVorgna.

Throughout his journey, Jake learns valuable lessons about family, responsibility, and the true meaning of Christmas. He starts to realize the importance of being there for his loved ones and the joy of spending time with family during the holiday season.

As Jake tries to make it home for Christmas, he encounters Allie, who has started to doubt their relationship due to Jake’s self-centered behavior. This adds an emotional element to the story as Jake must not only find a way to make it home but also to win back Allie’s trust and affection.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a heartwarming and comedic film that captures the spirit of Christmas and emphasizes the importance of family and love during the holiday season. It showcases the transformation of a young man from being self-centered and materialistic to appreciating the true value of relationships and the holiday season.

The film was well-received by audiences, particularly younger viewers who enjoyed the humor and the holiday theme. It features a mix of comedy, adventure, and romance, making it an enjoyable watch for the whole family during the Christmas season.

Overall, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a heartwarming and entertaining film that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and the importance of family bonds. It remains a popular holiday movie that continues to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $12.2 million
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  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Jake Wilkinson
  • Jessica Biel: Allie Henderson
  • Adam LaVorgna: Eddie Taffet
  • Sean O’Bryan: Officer Max
  • Gary Cole: Mr. Wilkinson
  • Eve Gordon: Carolyn Wilkinson
  • Lauren Maltby: Tracey Wilkinson
  • Andrew Lauer: Nolan
  • Lesley Boone: Marjorie


  • Director: Arlene Sanford
  • Producers: Robin French, Justis Greene, David Hoberman and Tracey Trench
  • Music: John Debney

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