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Chasing Christmas (2005)

In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.


Ron Oliver


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Arnold ... Jack Cameron
Andrea Roth ... Present
Leslie Jordan ... Past
Brittney Wilson ... Suzanne Cameron
Robert Clarke ... Trevor James
Jed Rees ... Future
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Alison (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Jason Schombing ... Matthew Presley
Benjamin Ayres ... Mike
Aleks Paunovic ... Vincent
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ... Bartender
Juan Carlos Velis Juan Carlos Velis ... Bellboy (as Juan-Carlos Velis)
Marco Soriano ... Concierge
Alexis Llewellyn ... Child #1
Casey Dubois Casey Dubois ... Child #2


In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.

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It only takes one bad bulb to turn off the whole holiday.


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language, sensuality, thematic elements, and violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

4 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spiritual Guilt Trip See more »

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1.78 : 1
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During the bar fight scene in the bar the bar tender calls his room mate Curtis and says, "Hey Curtis! It's Joey. Your room mate Joey... You know that new sound you were looking for? Well listen to this." He holds the phone out to pick up the sound of an LP being scratched back and forth. This is an homage to the 1985 film "Back to the Future" when Marty Mayfly is improvising on stage with a guitar and a back stage worker, Marvin Barry, calls his cousin Chuck Barry and says the same thing, "...You know that new sound you've been looking for? Well listen to this." He holds the phone out toward the stage to pick up Marty's guitar playing. See more »


Jack is watching a TV on the kitchen counter that has no cable, antenna or power cord connected. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


My Real Christmas List
Written by Joe Lervold & Lisa Aschmann
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What the Dickens? Another re-do of Christmas Carol? Hey, this one is pretty entertaining
9 March 2011 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Jack (Tom Arnold) despises Christmas. Not only are his memories from childhood painful, his acrimonious divorce didn't help matters, either. So, even when his daughter is visiting, Jack doesn't want to go shopping for the trimmings or presents. Naturally, the Yuletide "powers that be" believe Jack needs a visit from, you guessed it, Christmas Past (Leslie Jordan), Present (Andrea Roth) and Future. But, what they don't count on is Past, very tired of his role, running away from Jack with his magic Christmas wand, in 1965! Now, lovely Present steps in to help Jack track down Past and work his way back into the present day. As they do so, they hop-skip to various Christmas pasts, including the one Jack spent with his new bride on a ski trip. What revelations appear! Therefore, will Jack get out of the past, lessons learned, and will Past return to save the day? This is really quite an entertaining take on the Dickens classic, where new versions come out every season. One of the reasons is that Arnold is extremely likable and humorous in the main role, as are Jordan, Roth and all of the others. Then, too, with the settings fluctuating from the fifties to the sixties, seventies and beyond, it is delightful to observe the fashions, hot gift ideas, et cetera. Also, the direction is lively and the script is cute. Ho, ho, ho, what fun it is to see Jack tied up with a string of Xmas lights and such! Need a new funny bone tickler for the holidays? Chase down this one.

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