Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000)

dir. Phil Roman

Watching this Christmas television movie is genuinely one of the most bizarre viewing experiences possible. Based on the irritating novelty song of the same name, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer manages to fit an unprecedented amount of insanity in less than an hour. When young Jake sees his grandma hit by Santa’s sleigh he goes on a quest to prove it; this quest involves confusing timelines (Jake ostensibly waits several months before deciding to find his grandma), the shoddiest animation of all time (during a dance motion, one character’s legs actually switch places), confounding character choices (from an ostensibly Jewish Santa Claus to an evil attorney named I. M. Slime), awkward pacing (the movie often freezes in place for several seconds after an attempted punchline), and arguably the worst Christmas special songs ever written (usually introduced by an utterly contrived segue, if there is a segue at all). From cop banter to courtroom bickering, this film contains a lot. Incredibly not a single iota of it makes any sense.

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