So, I’m 43 days into my run down from Halloween to Christmas. It’s time for some wrestler action as we gave a trilogy of films starring some of the heroes of the squared circle.
And today it’s…
12th December, Day 43
Santa’s Little Helper (Gil Junger, 2015)
The day before Christmas, Dax (Mike “The Miz” Mizanin) gleefully closes down a community centre that is struggling to pay its bills. He returns to his office expecting praise, but he is in fact fired by his boss instead. His girlfriend walks out on him, his car is repossed, and he is about to lose his swanky house. That is until Billie (AnnaLynne McCord) arrives to offer him an opportunity to interview – or more accurately, audition – for a mysterious job.
Unbeknownst to Dax, the job is to become Santa’s Little Helper, his assistant and all round number 2. Billie is an Elf whose un-pointy ears makes her stand out and leads to her being teased, especially by Eleanor (WWE’s Paige). Eleanor is the daughter of the previous Santa’s Little Helper, and thinks she deserves the role. Santa sees something in Dax though – but will Dax be able to live up to it? Can he see off Eleanor and claim his title?
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is a decent wrestler who has managed to have a succesful decade long career in WWE by perfecting a cocky, arrogant heel personal. In the last few years he has added a slimy Hollywood actor strand to his act after starring in The Marine 3 and a few other films, and has raised his game higher than ever. And that decade of practice has made him a solid actor. Like Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler earlier this year, he definitely has a career ahead of him in Hollywood if he wants to step away from the crazy world of Wrestling. In Santa’s Little Helper, The Miz gives a likeable leading man role that wouldn’t look out of place in any of the family Christmas films that pack the schedule at this time of year.
There are some funny moments in here, especially the bar fight (which includes a cameo from The Miz’s real wife, WWE’s Maryse), and a scene in an old people home. There’s also Dax’s constant guessing of who the boss is (“Are they one name famous?… You could say that” made me chuckle), and a Risky Business reference thrown in there. Add in a terrible joke elf, and this is a formulaic, but enjoyable film.
Overall, I give this
A surprisingly decent family film that actually made me laugh a few times.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas film. I’m into wrestler mode, so who’s next? It’s Goldberg! His black-comedy horror film Santa’s Slay promises to be a slight change of pace.
Under a fortnight to Christmas now guys!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far:
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers
11th December, Day 42: Fred Claus
12th December, Day 43: Santa’s Little Helper