Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Jack Frost (1998)
PG

There's nothing like snow to give a movie a Christmas atmosphere. And in family flick "Jack Frost" (not to be confused with the similarly-titled, low-rent, top-shelf slashfest) it's in abundance that characters are made from it.

Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) is a struggling musician who's never quite hit the big time but still yearns to be a megastar. His travelling ways mean that he rarely sees his wife Gabby (Kelly Preston) and son Charlie (Joseph Cross).

Unfortunately, just when he decides that he should spend more time at home, he's involved in a fatal car crash. Boo-hoo. Only not really because the powers-that-be reckon Jack deserves to make peace with Gabby and Charlie and he is reincarnated. The problem is, it's as a snowman.

From there on in there is plenty of (slightly wacky, considering he's a snowman) bonding and mushiness, which is fine if a little sickly. No, any problems stem from the fact that the film features perhaps the cheapest Hollywood effects for years. Seamless costuming this ain't: the snowman actually looks like a midget waddling about in a big, white dustbin liner, with, of course, your standard coal and stick facial parts.

But the kids probably won't spot this as much as cynical adults and the snowbound action is perfectly well done. Add to that gifted comedian Keaton and nice support from Brit Mark Addy as his best mate and the scrumptious Preston and this is a watchable, if by-the-book little movie.

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Director: Troy Miller

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson, Steven Bloom, Jonathan Roberts

Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy, Andrew Lawrence

Genre: Family

Length: 97 minutes

Cinema: 1998

Country: USA

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