Jingle Ballin'

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Horrible, crass holiday special from internet celeb.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 36 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are either one-dimensional stereotypes or else painfully self-absorbed YouTubers. 

Violence

A food fight turns into an over-the-top brawl in a supermarket. The lead character's roommate, trying to come up with comedic material for the speech she's giving for her insurance company's holiday party, leaves a message asking if she knows any female mutilation jokes. 

Sex

Frequent off-color sex jokes. Lead character's parents are on a cruise, going to a place they call "Sexual Intercourse Island." Later, when Skyping with the lead character, they cut the conversation short so they can have more sex. A clueless older guy mistakenly gives apps that are popular with kids names like "twatter" and "snatchchat." A song's lyrics tell of a "sexy Santa," and the singer likes his "candy cane" and "big red sock." A YouTuber gives lessons to his followers on "how to give your hair a blow job." Characters twerking. Reference made to "diy contraceptives." 

Language

Frequent profanity, including "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "yabitch." "Horse d--k." Jokes referencing oral sex. A song's lyrics tell of a "sexy Santa," and how the singer wants to "lick [his] candy cane," and later references his "big red sock." An older man mistakenly calls popular phone apps "twatter" and "snatchchat." The roommate of the lead character leaves a message asking for "female mutilation jokes" she can deliver to her coworkers at her holiday office party. 

Consumerism

YouTube frequently used and referenced. The lead character and her best friend are YouTubers. The movie was a production for YouTube Red. "IRL," the actress playing the lead character/herself is a YouTube celebrity. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A joke references cocaine. Lead character tells two guys she doesn't want to talk to that there are "little bags of drugs" in the kitchen, to which they hurriedly rush off in hot pursuit. While Skyping with her parents, the lead character's father is clearly drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jingle Ballin' is a 2016 YouTube Red movie in which internet celebrity Liza Koshy, sad that she'll be stuck in Los Angeles for Christmas, decides to throw a huge party. There are numerous unfunny attempts at humor that reference everything from cocaine to female genital mutilation. The lead characters are self-absorbed YouTubers, and the minor characters are stereotypes (for instance, the weird and unfashionably dressed Midwest girl with the funny "oh yah" accent). This is a production of YouTube Red -- the channel's first Christmas special -- and the YouTubing is frequent and unrelenting. The lead character's parents are on a cruise to a place they call "Sexual Intercourse Island." A clueless older guy mistakenly gives popular apps names like "twatter" and "snatchchat." A song's lyrics tell of a "sexy Santa," and the singer likes his "candy cane" and "big red sock." A YouTuber gives lessons to his followers on "how to give your hair a blow job." Frequent profanity, including "f--k," "a--hole," and "s--t." This is a horrible attempt at a Christmas special that fails on every possible level.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byKaylynn M. August 9, 2017

Loved it

Its so amazing like liza
Teen, 16 years old Written bykkziggler July 17, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written byGhdjcunslcm March 23, 2018

Good If You Like Liza Koshy!

It’s A Good film but there is some consumerism.

What's the story?

In JINGLE BALLIN', Liza (Liza Koshy) is feeling sad because her parents will be spending Christmas on a cruise, and she will be stuck in snowless Los Angeles. In attempt to deal with the loneliness of the situation, she decides to throw a holiday party, and invites her legions of followers on her YouTube channel. Meanwhile, her best friend, also a YouTube celebrity, is being called out by his rival for not taking part in the viral "Milk Bucket Challenge" because he's allergic to milk, and her roommate, an unfashionably-dressed eccentric with a strong Midwestern accent, can't come up with any jokes to deliver for the holiday party thrown by the insurance company where she works. Liza is also afraid her uncool middle-aged neighbor (David Alan Grier) will crash the party with his uncool middle-agedness. Liza must find a way to pull off her holiday party without losing her mind or the holiday spirit. 

Is it any good?

In a genre filled with more than its fair share of stinkers, this is, without question, the stinkiest of holiday specials. If the characters aren't cliched and unlikeable, they're self-absorbed YouTubers who are also unlikeable. Joke after joke after joke, be they quirky or cynical, parodic or profane, fails. Jingle Ballin' is so bad that it's outright maddening to comprehend how four people are credited with writing this script.

If YouTube Red's original content is intended to provide a place for internet celebs to crossover into streaming movie stardom, it's obvious that they're going to have to create content that is creative, original, and entertaining. Titles like this are proving that these internet stars are best left to their narcissistic corners of the internet. 

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about holiday specials like Jingle Ballin'. How have they changed over the years, and how have they stayed the same? 

  • This movie was released by YouTube Red, and it stars a YouTube celebrity who got her start making videos on Vine. Why would YouTube Red choose to make movies starring people who are "internet famous?" 

  • Do you find the humor funny? Why or why not? 

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