Ernest Saves Christmas
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

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.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 11, 1988
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Typical yet frequently goofy fun Ernest flick.

Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly good-natured and harmless.

Gerry Shamray
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Ernest's best film. Actually quite funny.

Scott Weinberg

Is this guy qualified to save an entire holiday?

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Stacy Avary
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… More
Jason Owens
When I was a kid and I first saw this movie, it was one of my favorites. Now I'm 20 and I watched it again, and I still like it. Ernest (Jim Varney)… More
Wahida K
ERNEST MY TV BUDDY. LOL I secretly own all the Ernest DVDs.
danny d
one of the christmas greats
Film Crazy
entertainig and vaguly amusing! woth a watch
Jason Spencer
I dig this one and it's one of my favorites of the series.