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When tragedy strikes a loving family, leave it to Hollywood to bring back the deceased parent as Frosty the Snowman. That's the premise of Jack Frost, a film that--to its credit--urges too-busy fathers to make every day count with their kids. The idea that children should be a parent's priority is great. And our need for second chances is straight from John 8. But seeing a struggling blues musician (Michael Keaton) bond redemptively with his son via reincarnation should send shivers up Christian spines.
"[Jack's] a man trying to be a father, a husband, a breadwinner, and he's trying to do what he loves to do, "Keaton says. "Ultimately he realizes that if you don't pay attention to the people dearest in your life--your family--you could lose it all." Sounds good. So why is it Jack's selfless decision to put career ambitions on hold and follow through on a promise to his family that leads to his death? Odd.
Beyond its strained logic and theological foolishness, Jack Frost (rated PG for mild language) isn't very entertaining. It begins promisingly. A clever snowball fight plays out as the schoolyard equivalent of WWII when seen through the mind's eye of children embroiled in battle-a very funny scene. But the script never again aspires to such wit. It spins its wheels in dull, preachy slush before stalling in a puddle of predictability. Add reincarnation and mild profanity and it's clear that, while Jack Frost intends to melt hearts, it will leave discerning families cold.
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Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy, Andrew Lawrence
Troy Miller ( Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd)