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Total Crap43.9%

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Jack Frost (1998)
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by Erik Childress

"Snowballs better Than the Whole"
2 stars

Jack Frost (* Ĺ) - I always go into every movie with an open mind. I donít let critics pre-influence my opinion and I donít let word of mouth or box office receipts sway me. However I am not oblivious to the horrendous reviews bestowed unto this holiday effort.

Therefore I was pleasantly surprised to discover myself being tremendously entertained by an early sequence. This sequence is a snowball fight. Itís so much fun and a lot more exciting than anything in the recent Star Trek opus, and itís filmed with the ferocity of the Omaha Beach sequence in Saving Private Ryan. Maybe I was in for a surprise. And I was. The film never got that good again. And whatís amazing is how far better the film is while Michael Keaton is alive than when he becomes the snowman. Itís not great filmmaking, but itís not necessarily boring either. That is until the snowman arrives on the scene. Itís here where the film completely stinks. The special effects are so bad it makes the early Superman flying scenes look real. Itís really sad. And the writing level is on the same par as those horrendous Sunday night Disney movies on ABC. Thereís nothing funny, except for a few reaction shots of Henry Rollins with lines like ďThereíll be no more talking of snowmen in this van.Ē The kid actor is terrible even for a kid and should enjoy a long career as long as Saved By the Bell remains on the air. And the ending is so dumb. We donít even get the satisfaction of seeing the snowman melt like the classic Frosty the Snowman cartoon. Keaton just decides that it is ďtime to goĒ even though itís Christmas morning and his son just dragged him up into the mountains to preserve him.

The cartoon has more true emotion than this film. Plus, the characters are such doorknobs because they never seem to recognize that the voice of the snowman belongs to Michael Keaton. If the movie is that bad then, why the star and a half? Because at least I got to see that snowball fight. (Funny note: Tim Burton was originally attached to direct this film. Imagine what he could have done with it. After he dropped out, the filmís original star dropped out. Guess who that was? Yes - it was George Clooney - who we all know was one of the replacements for the original Batman - Michael Keaton.)

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User Comments

8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Great Kids Film! 5 stars
2/11/06 Anthony Very good 4 stars
8/18/05 ES ugh, even for a kids movie this is pushing it 2 stars
12/10/03 Samuel pretty good 3 stars
10/25/03 Sammy Oh come on people! It is a kids movie! 3 stars
10/14/03 Erik Van Sant Magical snow-fag molests son for hour and a half. Brilliant! 1 stars
8/02/03 Double G no 1 stars
3/03/02 Jenny Tullwartz Child's dead father returns to mend his shortcomings in life when he had only two balls. 3 stars
11/23/01 Andrew Carden OK Movie, Keaton Gives The Weakest Peformance. 3 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L Jack Shit! 1 stars
10/19/00 Ground Zero Like Ophelia 13 said, I am so, so sorry. Avoid this movie at all costs. 2 stars
1/11/00 Timbo Michael Keaton Was in top form, And I've always loved the believability of Rollins. Great!! 5 stars
10/14/99 Lame -Oh Lame, lame, lame. And I didn't need to see Keaton or Rollins drag 1 stars
5/15/99 Ah Dooey horrible movie 1 stars
2/27/99 Viral Messiah Keaton, I'm callin' ya out. 1 stars
1/31/99 El Dorko F**k you and your turd movie. Keaton, take a hike! Bastard! 1 stars
1/25/99 Cool thing Can't believe Rollins sold out and appeared in this. 2 stars
1/25/99 none cool 4 stars
1/25/99 Meepos. A truly awful movie. Th ekind of thing Keaton is getting used to. 2 stars
1/05/99 Wasted Watcher If someone tries to drag you to this one. Runaway. They are not your friend. 2 stars
1/03/99 katie it was pretty good, i'm glad i saw it 4 stars
1/02/99 MFGIT Fuck you, Keaton. Also the guy who "designed" the snowman. Fucker. 1 stars
12/31/98 FRED Groovy movie baby!!! I dig the part where the psycho mutant snowman kills the chic! 5 stars
12/30/98 Peter Fitswell Keaton must have embarassing pictures of important people. How else would he get parts? 1 stars
12/28/98 Mercury Hayes Has Keaton ever been in a good movie? 1 stars
12/25/98 Binky Vast suckage. Just awful but for some (fleeting) moments. 2 stars
12/20/98 Mr Showbiz Keaton's career may be in deep freeze after this. 3 stars
12/12/98 MilhousFan What ever they were smoking when they made this movie, I think I'll pass on it. 1 stars
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