Ernest Saves Christmas
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When Santa Claus decides to retire, he appoints a washed-up kiddie show host (Douglas Seale) to take his place. Along the way, the real Santa ends up in the slammer on Christmas Eve, and it's up to goonish, glad-handing Ernest P. Worrall (Jim Varney) to bust him out. Varney plays a handful of supporting characters, including a slick-talking attorney. This film was followed by Ernest Goes to Jail. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Typical yet frequently goofy fun Ernest flick."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"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."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A Christmas classic. Jim Varney is sorely missed in my heart."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Surprisingly good-natured and harmless."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Ernest's best film. Actually quite funny."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"Is this guy qualified to save an entire holiday?"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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