"Help me storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes. All of you who love Saving Christmas - go rate it at Rotten Tomatoes right now and send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see. If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate Saving Christmas, it will give the film a huge boost and more will see it as a result! Thank you for all your help and support in putting the joy of Christ back in Christmas!"— Kirk Cameron's godawful response on Facebook
Saving Christmas (AKA: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas) is a 2014 American faith-based comedy movie directed by Darren Doane, written by Doane with Cheston Hervey, and Starring Kirk Cameron, Doane, Bridgette Ridenour, David Shannon, Raphi Henly, and Ben Kientz. The movie was released on November 14, 2014, for a two-week limited engagement.
After explaining why he loves everything about Christmas, Kirk takes his brother-in-law, Christian, on a tour to convince him that various popular elements of Christmas are biblical. The film combines a comedic narrative with educational elements, to "put Christ back in Christmas." The two then return home for the remainder of the family Christmas party.
Why It "Almost" Destroys Christmas
- Horrible story with very bad writing, dialogue, and rather forced acting.
- Lazy attempts at humor with awful jokes and call-outs at Christmas to be insulting for the sake of being insulting.
- A poor script full of Christian right-wing, almost SJW-like propaganda, based on Kirk's evangelical denomination.
- Especially the main plot is nothing but a promotion of the 'Prosperity Gospel' message that is advocated by a few Pentecostals and Evangelicals, along with almost Televangelists within the latter, in which their physical and financial health is the will of God and a person's faith, preaching, and donations to the cause will reward that person with material wealth.
- Poor opening credits with cheaply made textures and spar animations that depict Jesus's birth.
- There are some characters with some recycled actors during a St. Nicolas sequence.
- Kirk's so-called "brother-in-law's" name is Christian, aka the largest religion in the entire world, which is a bigot to all Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodoxians.
- Downright bizarre arguments created by Kirk trying to connect certain aspects of Modern Day Christmas to Jesus time.
- Basically says that the materialism of the Christmas season is okay as their "theological" reason said so as mentioned in WIDSC##3, even portraying Kirk's brother-in-law Christian (yeah, real subtle there...) being in the wrong somehow for refusing to accept the materialism of the holiday. Ironically, Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Poor production values.
- Diondre, a minor character, is incredibly unlikeable and very cringeworthy, never shutting up.
- Very stupid moments such as Cameron saying the cross where Jesus was crucified on is also a Christmas tree.
- When Kirk Cameron is sipping his hot chocolate at the intro, there is actually not any hot chocolate in the mug. It seems that Kirk is pretending he is drinking hot chocolate.
- Very inappropriate - most blatantly, it's supposedly a family picture, but gives quite some attention to Herod's Massacre of the Innocents.
- Continuing, there is a sequence where St. Nicolas beats an innocent person to death.
- Most characters are shallow. The characters that do get developed are written horribly.
- Very misleading poster making itself out to look like an action comedy film, which it is not. The film actually just Kirk and Christian sitting in a car for most of the film.
- Terrible soundtrack. Also includes the ear-bleeding "Jingle Bells" theme of the film in the intro.
- As said in the plot section, Kirk Cameron loves everything about the Christmas season and the idea of convincing someone of the "theological" reason to take them on a tour that is deeply flawed. First off, It is stupid that people aside from Cameron only care about pretty decorations and presents is a very laughable plot point. Kirk the other hand believes in the "theology" message as said in WIS#3.
- Christian's spiritual crisis is resolved with nearly a third of the movie still left to go, and everything else at this point is just padding.
- Historical/Biblical inaccuracies, mostly with a scene portraying Santa (St. Nicolas) as Northern European tribesman or Caveman!?; of all places instead as a Greco-Byzantine bishop as both mythical and real-life faithfully (no pun intended) and realistically portrayed him, along "reacting" an even more distorted version of a legend of him "attacking" the heretic Arius at the First Council of Nicaea ecumenical council meeting.
- Which is itself odd, as Kirk in real-life is a devoted Evangelical Protestant Christian, whose denominations have treated these Ecumenical council meetings as very less seriously... so yeah, he is creating an unintentional out-of-character moment to his fictional self in the process, as a means to push a badly thought out propaganda message.
- Kirk also got wrong in saying that Jesus was born in a cave. The New Testament makes it pretty clear that he was born in a stable.
- Crappy intro sequence of the movie with Kirk acting really cringy as hell with him saying everything about Christmas and loving every single aspect of it.
- The dance sequence at the ending. Enough said.
- In speaking of the ending, Cameron says to imagine having the "best dishes, the richest butter" is downright cringeworthy, from there, the last 10 minutes of the movie is abysmal.
- Very misleading title: Cameron does not save Christmas at all. But rather just tells the "theology" message to as again said in the #3 pointer.
- Saving Christmas does have a "so bad, it's good" vibe.
- The movie's poster, while misleading, is a total badass, trying too good to be awesome. In fact the concept of a Christmas action movie is quite interesting and would have been a better idea for this Christmas nonsense.
Saving Christmas was heavily lambasted by critics and moviegoers upon release. Nowadays, it is considered to be one of the worst movies of 2014 and also one of the worst movies ever made. The film received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated in 6 categories for the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards and won 4, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Actor. Three weeks after its release, the film holds a 1.4/10 on IMDB, due to this the movie gained additional notoriety when it became the lowest-rated film on IMDb's Bottom 100 list. The film is so far the only Christmas film to win the Golden Raspberry Award. The upload of the movie's trailer was disliked and bombed on YouTube. However, despite the tremendously negative reception, Kirk Cameron was deeply shaken by the reception of the film and reacted highly negatively to the reception of the movie, and heavily argued that the only reason his film was disliked was that it was reviewed by "haters", "trolls" and "atheists", which is a clear proof that he cannot even handle the slightest amount of criticism.
Saving Christmas opened up at #15 on its opening weekend grossing $992,087. It later made a total domestic gross of $2,783,970. Overall, the film made a worldwide gross of $2,778,297 against its $500,000 budget. It was never released anywhere outside the United States.
Kirk Cameron's Reaction
- Kirk Cameron was deeply shaken by the negative reviews and reacted very negatively to the reception of the movie. He pleaded with his fans on his Facebook page with the said message. (read the top of the page) This resulted in a massive backlash at the film, and on IMDB people rated this film so low that in just 3 weeks, it beat Disaster Movie for the top spot on the Bottom 100 list and stayed there until it was beaten in 2015 by Code Name K.O.Z. Cameron later blamed this action and response on "haters and atheists", this proves that Kirk can't handle criticism. Soon, his plea only devastated his reputation as an actor and made his film notorious for being the lowest-rated on IMDb's Bottom 100 list. Soon, it also became featured on Wikipedia's "List of films considered the worst" page. Despite the tremendously negative reception, he still thinks that it was because of "haters" and "atheists".
- Kirk Cameron, the movie's executive producer (and also a playing character) was deeply shaken by the reviews and reacted very negatively to the negative reviews, denouncing the movie's critics as trolls and atheists, proving that he cannot handle the slightest forms of criticism.
- This was the first Christmas movie to win a Razzie Award, though it wasn't the first-holiday film to be nominated.
- Even though the film had a limited theatrical release in the United States, it was never released anywhere outside the United States.