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Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas - The Search For The Worst - IHE
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: I Hate Everything
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Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014)
Published: 2015/12/24
Channel: The Worst Movies of All Time
The Cinema Snob: KIRK CAMERON
The Cinema Snob: KIRK CAMERON'S SAVING CHRISTMAS
Published: 2015/11/16
Channel: Stoned Gremlin Productions
Saving Christmas Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Kirk Cameron Movie HD
Saving Christmas Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Kirk Cameron Movie HD
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films
Atheist Watching "Saving Christmas" by Kirk Cameron... and drinking heavily.
Atheist Watching "Saving Christmas" by Kirk Cameron... and drinking heavily.
Published: 2016/12/26
Channel: JaclynGlenn
Gmod Sandbox Funny Moments - Saving Christmas!
Gmod Sandbox Funny Moments - Saving Christmas!
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: BasicallyIDoWrk
Minecraft Xbox - SAVING CHRISTMAS! #1 (Minecraft Roleplay)
Minecraft Xbox - SAVING CHRISTMAS! #1 (Minecraft Roleplay)
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: Bigbst4tz2
Saving Christmas
Saving Christmas
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: PremiereDigitalServ
Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas - BAD MOVIES!
Published: 2016/12/24
Channel: FanboyFlicks
Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" - In 4 Minutes
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Cult of Dusty
Real Time with Bill Maher: Saving Christmas (HBO)
Real Time with Bill Maher: Saving Christmas (HBO)
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: Real Time with Bill Maher
FOUR IDIOTS SAVE CHRISTMAS! (Garry
FOUR IDIOTS SAVE CHRISTMAS! (Garry's Mod Holiday Sandbox Funny Moments)
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: SMii7Y
Cinematic Excrement: Episode 82 - Saving Christmas
Cinematic Excrement: Episode 82 - Saving Christmas
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: Cinematic Excrement
Midnight Screenings: "Kirk Cameron
Midnight Screenings: "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: Stoned Gremlin Productions
Atheists Watch Kirk Cameron
Atheists Watch Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas"
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: The Bible Reloaded
Trying to Watch: Kirk Cameron
Trying to Watch: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Published: 2016/01/17
Channel: I Hate Everything
Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas - Movie Review
Published: 2014/11/21
Channel: What The Flick?!
SAVING CHRISTMAS - Minecraft
SAVING CHRISTMAS - Minecraft
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: iHasCupquake
Minecraft Xbox - Saving Santa [154]
Minecraft Xbox - Saving Santa [154]
Published: 2013/12/25
Channel: stampylonghead
Saving Christmas - PANIC IN CHRISTMAS TOWN (Minecraft Roleplay) #1
Saving Christmas - PANIC IN CHRISTMAS TOWN (Minecraft Roleplay) #1
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: JerryVsHarry
Saving Christmas | Say MovieNight Kevin
Saving Christmas | Say MovieNight Kevin
Published: 2015/12/08
Channel: Say Goodnight Kevin
Is This The Worst Movie in History?
Is This The Worst Movie in History?
Published: 2014/12/28
Channel: The Young Turks
Cameron Family Traditions - Kirk Cameron
Cameron Family Traditions - Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: Provident Films
Minecraft Xbox - Saving Santa [154]
Minecraft Xbox - Saving Santa [154]
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: Eliesha Johnson
Minecraft : Saving Christmas For You! - Christmas Chaos Minigame
Minecraft : Saving Christmas For You! - Christmas Chaos Minigame
Published: 2015/12/25
Channel: Thinknoodles
Saving Christmas - GRUMPY GRINCH (Minecraft Roleplay) #1
Saving Christmas - GRUMPY GRINCH (Minecraft Roleplay) #1
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: GoldenGlare
Kirk Cameron vs. Rotten Tomatoes
Kirk Cameron vs. Rotten Tomatoes
Published: 2014/11/22
Channel: TJ Kirk
SAVING CHRISTMAS in ROBLOX (a Roblox Christmas Special)
SAVING CHRISTMAS in ROBLOX (a Roblox Christmas Special)
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: TheGameSpace
Gmod Sandbox Funny Moments - Saving Christmas! (Garry
Gmod Sandbox Funny Moments - Saving Christmas! (Garry's Mod Funny Moments)
Published: 2016/12/24
Channel: fourzer0seven
Kirk Cameron Talks About Latest Movie,
Kirk Cameron Talks About Latest Movie, 'Saving Christmas'
Published: 2014/10/31
Channel: NewsChannel 5
Midnight Screenings: "Brian and Sarah
Midnight Screenings: "Brian and Sarah's Saving Christmas"
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: Stoned Gremlin Productions
Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron's 'Saving Christmas' - A 119 Ministries Review
Published: 2014/12/04
Channel: 119Ministries
Midnight Screenings: "Jake and Irving
Midnight Screenings: "Jake and Irving's Saving Christmas"
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: Stoned Gremlin Productions
Saving Christmas Again - Hitman: Blood Money
Saving Christmas Again - Hitman: Blood Money
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: Robbaz
Mario & Sonic Saving Christmas HD
Mario & Sonic Saving Christmas HD
Published: 2012/12/25
Channel: AnimeBroMii
Yandere Pre School - SAVING CHRISTMAS! (Minecraft Roleplay) #1
Yandere Pre School - SAVING CHRISTMAS! (Minecraft Roleplay) #1
Published: 2015/12/07
Channel: 09sharkboy
Saving Christmas Future! - Episode 1
Saving Christmas Future! - Episode 1
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: The Skorys
Ksp - Saving Christmas - Santa
Ksp - Saving Christmas - Santa's Sleigh
Published: 2013/12/24
Channel: Robbaz
Saving Christmas - TOY SHOP TRIP (Minecraft Roleplay) #2
Saving Christmas - TOY SHOP TRIP (Minecraft Roleplay) #2
Published: 2015/12/20
Channel: GoldenGlare
GMOD SANDBOX CHRISTMAS! - Garry
GMOD SANDBOX CHRISTMAS! - Garry's Mod Funny Moments
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: Daithi De Nogla
Saving Christmas (2014) Hip-Hop Dance Scene
Saving Christmas (2014) Hip-Hop Dance Scene
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Allen Effects
Saving Christmas BLOOPERS! (Minecraft Roleplay)
Saving Christmas BLOOPERS! (Minecraft Roleplay)
Published: 2015/12/25
Channel: JerryVsHarry
Saving Christmas - FINALE (Minecraft Roleplay) #3
Saving Christmas - FINALE (Minecraft Roleplay) #3
Published: 2015/12/24
Channel: JerryVsHarry
SAVING CHRISTMAS!!
SAVING CHRISTMAS!!
Published: 2014/12/13
Channel: ParkerGames
Saving Christmas - HAUNTED MCDONALDS (Minecraft Roleplay) #2
Saving Christmas - HAUNTED MCDONALDS (Minecraft Roleplay) #2
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: JerryVsHarry
GTA 5 LSPDFR Live! SP #228 - Saving Christmas
GTA 5 LSPDFR Live! SP #228 - Saving Christmas
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Jeff Favignano
Saving Christmas FINALE - Santa
Saving Christmas FINALE - Santa's Gift! (Minecraft Roleplay) #3
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: GoldenGlare
MERRY CHRISTMAS, SANTA VS. KRAMPUS, SAVING CHRISTMAS!! - Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Gameplay
MERRY CHRISTMAS, SANTA VS. KRAMPUS, SAVING CHRISTMAS!! - Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Gameplay
Published: 2016/12/26
Channel: Starsnipe - Daily Videos
Saving Christmas - A Rebuttal For Kirk Cameron
Saving Christmas - A Rebuttal For Kirk Cameron
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: Zachary Bauer
Saving Christmas
Saving Christmas
Published: 2017/01/01
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Saving Christmas
Saving Christmas poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Darren Doane
Produced by
  • Darren Doane
  • Raphi Henly
  • Amanda Rosser
  • David Shannon
Written by
  • Darren Doane
  • Cheston Hervey
Starring
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Darren Doane
  • Bridgette Ridenour
  • David Shannon
  • Raphi Henley
  • Ben Kientz
Music by Brian Popkin
Cinematography Andy Patch
Edited by Postmill Factory
Production
companies
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
  • November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000[3]
Box office $2.8 million[4]

Saving Christmas (also known as Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas) is a 2014 American faith-based Christmas comedy film directed by Darren Doane and written by Doane and Cheston Hervey. It was theatrically released by Samuel Goldwyn Films on November 14, 2014.[5][6]

It stars Kirk Cameron as a fictional version of himself. In Saving Christmas, Cameron, after explaining his views on Christmas directly to the audience, tries to convince his fictional brother-in-law, played by the film's director, that Christmas is still a Christian holiday. The film combines a comedic narrative with educational elements, in order to "put Christ back in Christmas";[7][8] it says that most of Christmas' popular elements are biblical in origin, while criticizing the modern-day view of the holiday, especially from atheists. During the story, the film depicts some of the biblical events mentioned by Cameron, while he provides narration for the audience.

The film received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated in six categories for the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards and "won" four, including Worst Picture. It also reached #1 on the IMDb Bottom 100 List within one month of its theatrical release, and is now considered one of the worst films of all time.[9][10] Cameron blamed atheists for the film's poor reception.[11]

Plot[edit]

The film starts with Cameron sitting on a chair by a fireplace and talking directly to the audience, telling them of his love of Christmas but saying the traditional Christmas imagery is "all wrong" and having "nothing to do with Christmas", and blaming atheists for trying to take the holiday away from Christians; he also suggests that Santa Claus is a Christian.

Kirk goes to a Christmas party at the house of his sister (played by Cameron's real-life sister Bridgette Ridenour). While there he notices that his brother-in-law, Christian, isn't celebrating like the others. When asked why he seems so sad, Christian says he feels the holiday became too commercialized and consumerist. Kirk tells Christian that he is wrong and starts reminding him of the stories of the Bible. Meanwhile, two guests at the party discuss conspiracy theories.

As Christian complains that several elements of Christmas, most notably Christmas trees, are not biblical in origin. Kirk tells him that Christmas trees were God's idea, since he made the trees. He also says that each tree represents a Christian cross, and suggests the audience to see a cross each time they see a tree. Kirk's brother-in-law is convinced by his arguments, but then starts complaining about Santa Claus for he sees him as an obliteration of Jesus and noticed that "Santa" and "Satan" have the same letters, but Kirk tells him that the original Santa Claus (before being re-interpreted by western culture) was actually Saint Nicholas beating up non-believers and people who did not believe enough, thus making Santa a good religious figure; his brother-in-law is now convinced that "Santa is the man".

Christian is now convinced of Christmas' faithfulness to its religious roots, and the two return to the party. Kirk then explains that the presents at Christmas represent Jerusalem, and that Christmas is "doing what God does", as he always gave humanity many gifts. He then suggests once more to bring back Christianity in Christmas for our children. His brother-in-law, as a gift for his wife, organizes the same night a hip-hop dance representing his joy of celebrating Christmas, leading to everyone dancing and partying together. Kirk then tells everyone to feast, and suggests the audience organize the best dinner possible for Christmas, but not to forget this is a celebration of God.

Cast[edit]

  • Kirk Cameron as himself
  • Darren Doane as Christian White, Kirk's brother-in-law
  • Bridgette Ridenour as Kirk's sister
  • David Shannon as Diondre
  • Raphi Henly as conspiracy theorist
  • Ben Kientz as St. Nick

Release[edit]

Saving Christmas debuted on 410 screens on November 14, 2014.

Box office[edit]

On its first weekend, the film came in fifteenth place with ticket sales of $992,087, with a per screen average of $2,420. In its six-week run, the film grossed $2,783,970 at the box office.[4] Based on a $500,000 budget, the film can be considered a box office success.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 0%, based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 1.7/10.[12] On Metacritic, the film received a rating of 18 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[13] New York Times film critic Ben Kenigsberg said that Cameron's acting "sounds so forced you half-expect the camera to pull back to reveal hostage takers".[14] Billings Gazette named it the worst Christmas movie of all time in 2016,[15] and Will Nicol of Digital Trends included it on his list of the ten worst movies ever made.[16] Christy Lemire picked Saving Christmas as the worst film she has ever reviewed.[17]

In The Christian Post, an Evangelical Christian newspaper, Emma Koonse wrote, "[Kirk Cameron] dismisses theories that Christmas is derived in [sic] the pagan celebration of Winter Solstice in Saving Christmas, offering viewers a Biblical reference to items such as the Christmas tree instead. Furthermore, the film reveals Cameron's take on Santa Claus, the three wise men, and why Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25 each year... Although Cameron attempts to defend Christmas traditions in Saving Christmas, many Christians remain divided over what the Bible says about celebrating Christ's birth as well as where the varied Christmas traditions originated and what the customs mean in reference to Jesus."[18]

Cameron's response to critics[edit]

On November 20, Cameron responded to the negative reviews by posting on his Facebook page.[19] He wrote, "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."[20] The attempt resulted in a severe backlash in which Internet users traveled to the Rotten Tomatoes page and condemned the film.[21]

Three weeks after release, the film gained additional notoriety when it became the lowest rated film on IMDb's bottom 100 list.[22][23] Cameron later responded to the low rating, saying that it was due to a campaign on Reddit by "haters and atheists" to purposely lower the film's ratings.[11][24]

Accolades[edit]

Association Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Raspberry Awards 2015 Worst Picture Won [25][26]
Worst Actor Kirk Cameron Won
Worst Supporting Actress Bridgette Ridenour Nominated
Worst Director Darren Doane Nominated
Worst Screenplay Darren Doane and Cheston Harvey Won
Worst Screen Combo Kirk Cameron and his ego Won

Home media[edit]

Saving Christmas was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 3, 2015.[27] The film was also made available on Hulu in March 2016.[28]

Soundtrack[edit]

Saving Christmas
Saving-Christmas-Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released October 27, 2014
Genre Christmas
Label Reunion

A soundtrack album was released on October 27, 2014 by Reunion Records.[29]

  1. "Joy" – 1 Girl Nation
  2. "Christmas Time Again" – Steven Curtis Chapman
  3. "Saving Christmas" – Building 429
  4. "Let Us Adore" – Jason Crabb
  5. "O Holy Night" – Kerrie Roberts
  6. "Away in a Manger" – Casting Crowns
  7. "Deck the Halls" – Tenth Avenue North
  8. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" – Rebecca St. James
  9. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" – Matt Maher
  10. "O come, O come, Emmanuel" – Rhett Walker Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siegemund-Broka, Austin (August 27, 2014). "Kirk Cameron's Faith-Based 'Saving Christmas' Picked Up for Limited Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ XDX2 at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ Is The Best … Of The Worst IMDb Films Ever". Business 2 Community. December 5, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ Siegemund-Broka, Austin (August 27, 2014). "Kirk Cameron's Faith-Based Saving Christmas Picked Up for Limited Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gilman, Greg (August 28, 2014). "Kirk Cameron Is Saving Christmas in New Trailer". TheWrap. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hallowell, Billy (August 27, 2014). "Hollywood Actor Says His New Movie Will Hammer Political Correctness and Frustrate Atheist Activists". TheBlaze. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  8. ^ O'Neal, Sean (August 28, 2014). "Kirk Cameron to Make Christmas Safe for Christians". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ Sinks to Worst IMDB Rating in Site’s History
  10. ^ IMDb Bottom 100 List
  11. ^ a b Holley, Peter (December 8, 2014). "Kirk Cameron Says Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Is the Target of an Atheist Conspiracy". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas". Metacritic. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (November 13, 2014). "To Save Us All From Satan's Power", The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  15. ^ "The 25 Worst Christmas Movies of All Time". Billings Gazette. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  16. ^ Nicol, Will (May 10, 2017). "10 Worst Movies You Can Watch". Digital Trends. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  17. ^ Kohn, Eric (June 19, 2017). "Critics Pick the Worst Movies They’ve Ever Reviewed". Indiewire. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  18. ^ Koonse, Emma (November 12, 2014). "Kirk Cameron Hopes Audiences 'Throw Both Arms Around Their Christmas Tree' After Watching Saving Christmas; Challenges Pagan Ownership of Holiday", The Christian Post. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  19. ^ Gettys,Travis (November 21, 2014). "Kirk Cameron Is Begging Fans to Help Boost His Movie's Putrid Rating on Rotten Tomatoes". The Raw Story. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ Koonse, Emma (November 21, 2014). "Kirk Cameron Urges Fans to Improve Saving Christmas Rating, 'Help Me Storm the Gates of Rotten Tomatoes'". The Christian Post. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Kirk Cameron Tried To Cheat Rotten Tomatoes, It Did Not Go Well". CinemaBlend. November 25, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ Kaufman, Scott (December 5, 2014). "The People Have Spoken! Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Is IMDB's Worst Film of All Time". The Raw Story. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  23. ^ Mauney, Matt (December 5, 2014). "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Officially Worst Movie in IMDb History". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  24. ^ O'Neal, Sean (December 5, 2014). "Kirk Cameron Is Crucified at the Hands of IMDb Users, Rises with Jesus Coffee". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "RAZZIES® Celebrate 35 Years of Worst Achievements in Film with Inclusive Nominee List ...and New "Redeemer" Award". Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  26. ^ King, Susan (February 21, 2015). "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Dominates the 35th Razzie Awards", Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  27. ^ "Saving Christmas DVD Release Date November 3, 2015". DVDReleaseDates. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  28. ^ Bradley, Lauren; Wickman, Forrest (March 1, 2016). "The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming This Month to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime". Slate. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Soundtrack Details", Film Music Reporter. Retrieved February 13, 2015.

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