Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is the smooth guy on his college campus in sunny Los Angeles, California. He's got the hottest girl on his arm (Jessica Biel), and he can sweet talk his way in and out of everything. He's the guy who can get anything for you - including better grades. Well this holiday season he's decided to cash in the plane ticket his dad sent him to two tickets to Mexico so he can spend Christmas on a sandy beach with his girlfriend Allie. But once his dad (Gary Cole) finds out, he decides to make a little wager with Jake. If Jake will agree to come home for Christmas, his dad will give him the 1950s porsche that they hand-built together. And it's a done deal!
A vintage car for Christmas?? Sweet!!
Jake agrees to come home in exchange for the car, he even cashes in his tickets again for two to New York so he and Allie can fly back together...but then he has a pretty major setback. Like I said earlier, Jake is the man who can get you anything and he had set up a system to help a couple jocks cheat their way through a test. But he gets caught by campus hot shot Eddie (Adam LaVorgna) and he gets beat up big time...and left in the middle of the Californian desert glued inside of a Santa Claus suit with no money. He tries calling his dad but he doesn't believe his story. And he can't get a hold of Allie. So what now? He still wants that porsche! So his next best plan is to try to hitch hike across the country from L.A. to New York.
North Pole or Bust!
Along the next few days, Jake finds himself in the company of some of the most interesting people who agree to give him rides. First there are the elderly women heading to Vegas to see Tom Jones, then he almost gets hit by a Southern guy with stolen goods in the back of his van. But with each new group of people he meets, Jake finds some way to bring Christmas spirit into everyone's lives: everything from hearing Christmas wishes from kids at the hospital to repairing broken relationships. But with all these pit stops is Jake going to be able to make it home in time to claim that porsche as his ultimate Christmas gift? Is he going to be able to get back at Eddie for sweeping Allie out from under him? Here's hoping. But more than all of those things, hopefully Jake learns a little something about selflessness and goodwill towards men this holiday season.
This movie was a surprise in more than one way. I loved how it showed the importance of selflessness during Christmas time - something that should be relevant all year round - but also has some mature surprises for a Disney movie. Naked teen boys...sexual references...the use of the word 'butthole'? DISNEY! Seriously?! What have you been reduced to?? But aside from these strange shockers, I did enjoy this movie a lot and feel that it's a great addition to your holiday 'Must Watch' List.
It also doesn't hurt that Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a seriously dreamy teen!