JINGLE ALL THE WAY
1996, 20th Century Fox, 89 min, USA, Dir: Brian Levant

Every year brings a hot new toy that every kid wants for the holidays, and in this family comedy hit, it’s Turbo Man. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad play rival dads desperate to give their sons the sold-out action figure for Christmas, running afoul of cops, counterfeiters and parades along the way. Costars Phil Hartman, Robert Conrad, Rita Wilson and Jim Belushi help supply laughs (as well as some gentle jabs at the commercialization of the season).


BOWFINGER
1999, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Muppet master Frank Oz teams Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in this hilarious look at movie-biz bottom-feeders. Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) is one of those, a wannabe producer convinced his sci-fi script would be a smash if only famed actor Kit Ramsey (Murphy) was in it. The solution to his problem: Shoot the film around the action star without his knowledge. With Heather Graham.


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