Parents who wish for Christmas presents this holiday season may find a surprising toy at their local Walmart. Taking the lookout for the usual assortment of six and seven inch Marvel Avengers, Star Wars Jedis, and WWE wrestlers, has a13.5 inchred and gold hero with electronic lights and sounds. Turbo Man has returned for the first time in 25 years.
The 25th anniversary ofJingle All the Way, the holiday comedy that introduced Turbo Man to the world, is decided. In the movie, Jamie Langston (a pre-Phantom Menace Jake Lloyd) is a professional footballer who is so busy on Christmas shopping that he can leave the game until the last minute. By Christmas Eve, Turbo Man is sold out everywhere. Howard is on a frantic run.
By the end of the film, Howards quest takes some unusual twists and turns, but the intent was drawn from the early 1980s, which apparently sparked plenty of real-life conflicts. For example, it set off full-fledgedriots in several stores.
The movie stars Howard and Sinbads Myron, a car enthusiast in the city limits, and how he is a free-for-all, with the film, starring Myron knocking down with his mailbag andHoward driving a remote-controlled vehicle into Myron, sending him flying ass over teakettle.
The combination of Christmas sentiment and grown men getting hit in the groin for laughs was evidently inspired byHome Alone, which opened in theaters a few years ago and used the same approach to become one of the most financially successful comedies in history. Both films also have a prominent creative figure: Chris Columbus, who directedHome Alone and producedJingle All the Way.
The latter is mainly focused on Arnold Schwarzeneggers father character. Whileits populated with broad physical comedy, the key kid character is barely involved, and the primary focus is instead a workaholic dads who are increasingly desperate to get this toy. (Speaking from experience as a father of two, children do not care how hard or how easy a toy is. They just want the toy.)
Sure enough,Jingle All the Way was not as big a box-office hit as Home Alone, earning $129 million worldwide compared toHome Alones $475 million. However, if the subject matter did not make perfect sense at that point in his career, itdidmake sense for Schwarzenegger. In fact,Jingle All the Way approaches the entire stage of his acting work from the early and mid 1990s, where he plays one heroic father after another in preserving or improving the lives of children
InTerminator 2, he becomes a surrogate father to a young John Connor, who performs a more stereotypical action hero in the 1990s. He is then sworn to protect (and inadvertently learns to be human from) the surviving actor.
Unlike inTrue Lies, Schwarzenegger''s Harry Tasker is a master spy who believes his family is a good computer salesman. Fatherhood is also at the core ofJunior, a very strange kind of spiritual sequel to SchwarzeneggersTwins.They play a team of scientists in order to impregnat men and make Schwarzeneggers the first test subject.
In some situations, Arnold introduces both Jack Slater and Arnold Schwarzenegger as roles in the main character, while in the sequel. In the main scene below, the fictional Slater saves the real Arnold.
Howard begins the film as an ordinary businessman and comes up dressed like a superhero who rescues his wife from a fall by flying to the rescue with a jetpack. With that, Howard, who has been distant and distracted by work, realizes the value of his family and Jamie realizes his dad is far from perfect. Jamie gives his Turbo Man to Myron and they all live happily ever after.
The rest of Schwarzenegger''s career would last for a long time, thanks to a slew of films where Schwarzenegger played actors who let down their loved ones. InEnd of Days, Schwarzenegger assists his wife and son in the killing of a terrorist. However, even in the absurdBatman & Robin, Schwartzberg works tirelessly to ensure that his wife and daughter die in an overwhelming war.
At the time, the transition from crusading father to paternal screwupsed was determined to come out of nowhere, but until Schwarzenegger became the governor of California. Most films he made after returning from his public office have been similarly tinged with disappointment, or loneliness, or abject failure. (SeeMaggie,Sabotage,Aftermath, and evenTerminator: Dark Fate.)
To the best of my knowledge, Schwarzenegger has never publicly explained this dramatic change, at least notbeyond statements he believed was appropriated at the time. In 2011, news reveals that Schwarzenegger had married a child with his family''s housekeeper 15 years earlier. Just a few months later,Batman & Robin kicked off a wave of Schwarzenegger films, where he played men who had not weighed down (or even destroyed) their children.
The fact that Joseph didn''t realize him for a number of years is enormously surprising, yet it gives a new meaning toJingle All the Way, one of the last times he played a happy husband with a thriving home life, and a guy who has the greatest problem at home is he can''t find the Turbo Man doll. It''s unlikely that the movie is too difficult to read.
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