Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ernest Saves Christmas1988

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)




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Slow-witted and annoying as all get out, commercial spokesperson Ernest (Jim Varney) is a cab driver in Miami and finds himself squiring a burned out Santa Claus around town helping his search for a replacement so he can finally retire.

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Jim Varney
as Ernest P. Worell
Douglas Seale
as Santa Claus
Oliver Clark
as Joe Curruthers
Noelle Parker
as Harmony Star
Bill Byrge
as Bobby (Storage Agent
Billie Bird
as Mary Morrissey
Robert Lesser
as Martin Brock
George Kaplan
as Mr. Dills
Angie Harper
as Mrs. Smith
Beecher Martin
as Agent Skippy
Jackie Welch
as Animal Officer
Daniel Butler
as Animal Officer
Carmen J. Alexander
as Police Officer
Tom Nowicki
as Crew Member
Michael O. Smith
as Studio Guard
Paul Darby
as Ticket Agent
Douglas Brush
as Commander
Ray Russell
as Stage Hand
Cindi Vicino
as Make-up Artist
Bob Barnes
as Controller #1
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Critic Reviews for Ernest Saves Christmas

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Only marginally insufferable, the Ernest movie is...a big-screen example of the TV-sitcom tendency to go broad and sappy with a token Yuletide show each December.

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Typical yet frequently goofy fun Ernest flick.

August 25, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

A Christmas classic. Jim Varney is sorely missed in my heart.

May 22, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

Ernest's best film. Actually quite funny.

October 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

A reminder [that] movies don't always have to be deep or artful to be enjoyable. Sometimes all you need is fun and a short nostalgia fix.

September 29, 2003 | Full Review…

Surprisingly good-natured and harmless.

August 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Ernest Saves Christmas

A perfect Christmas movie that I can watch any day of the year. This is the second 'Ernest' film that I just love. Jim Varney was such a humble, great actor. I've watched all of Jim Varney's movies, Ernest and non-Ernest, but I find myself always going back to Ernest. Jim was destined to be this character and I think 'Ernest' was his true calling. In this, Ernest is a taxi driver, though not a very good driver while singing, "O Christmas Tree" over and over because that's the only words he knew. It's hilarious to hear him sing it. He eventually picks up 'Santa Claus' at the airport, not knowing that that's who he really was. Along the way, Ernest sees a Christmas tree fall off a truck and in true Ernest fashion, he stops the taxi in the middle of the interstate and backs up to save the tree, thus causing car accidents. One of the things I loved was reading the bumper sticker in the glove compartment when Ernest was getting some sunglasses for Santa. "Keep Christ in Christmas". What a good message. During the film, Varney pulls out 'Auntie Nelda', 'Astor Clement' and 'Uncle Lloyd' as the snake guy. He was so funny. I crack up everytime I see the snake guy talk to the security guard. "One minute yer a strappin', healthy man and then, s-s-s-s-s, yer dead meat." I love the pancake scene as it reminds me of one of his commercials, "Pancakes on parade." Ernest helps a young girl see the error of her ways. Lying will get you no where fast. This is one of the rare times that 'Vern' was in an Ernest movie and it was a smart move. Ernest always had the best intentions and wore his heart on his sleeve and even though he messed up sometimes, he would end up saving the day. Hooray for the underdog!! I've always had a soft spot for Ernest and felt quite maternal over him though in reality he was 27 years my senior. Ernest constantly left me in stitches with this movie as with all Ernest movies. This is a Christmas classic and it should be played on t.v. every Christmas. I want to pass my 'Jim Varney' collection to my family and hope they find the joy and strong moral backbone of his movies as I have done. You just don't find many movies today that can make you laugh without the use of sexual comments or foul language. Varney was a true genius. R.I.P.

Stacy Avary
Stacy Avary

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ERNEST MY TV BUDDY. LOL I secretly own all the Ernest DVDs.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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entertainig and vaguly amusing! woth a watch

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