Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You begins by telling us what nearly every child wants for Christmas, a little wagging bundle of joy, jumping around on four legs and yipping at strangers. Yup, a puppy. Little Mariah is no different. Her desire for a puppy has flooded her life with amazing expectations and dreams. However, while Dreams may come true at Christmas Time, “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You” tends to dwell in the Slapstick realism of having a dog, which I found refreshing.
It opens with Mariah wanting a dog. She watches all her friends care for their puppies and the close connections that they have. Her unrealistic views once again have her asking Santa and her family for a puppy that Christmas. I say unrealistic because she really has no idea what it means to own a dog, that is until her dad comes home with a brilliant plan..or so he thinks.
In an effort to make Mariah never want a dog again, her father brings home the worst behaved puppy he could find. He tells Mariah that if she can care for Jack (the puppy) until Christmas, then she can have a dog of her own, the little white one she really wants at the pet store. Of course, thinking this would be a simple task, Mariah accepts the challenge.
Let the Slapstick Realism begin. Mariah soon finds out that the challenge may be harder than she expected when everything that can go wrong does go wrong. The dog chews her shoes, destroys the home, gets sick on the floor, poops in the house, is hyper and unruly, and can’t listen to simple commands. This over the top rendition of puppy life doesn’t end there. He often gets off his leash, wrecks havoc on ice skaters, and runs around crazy when given the opportunity.
Personally, I found it wonderful to see a more realistic idea of owning a puppy. That fact that this movie shows how much work is involved in caring for a puppy is spot on. While the over the top hilarious situations may not happen to everyone, the constant care of picking up poop, feeding, walking, cleaning, and socialization are just a few tasks an owner must be willing to do in order to care for their dog.
As Mariah was learning how much work a puppy actually takes, I found myself really feeling sorry for Jack. I was nearly yelling at Mariah when she bought a puppy bed but refused to let Jack sleep in it. Instead he was forced to sleep on a pile of towels. And when she gave away his favorite toy, I nearly had a fit. It’s no wonder poor Jack kept acting out.
At this point, I suddenly realized how much emotion I was showing towards Jack and his situation. I had to tip my proverbial hat to Universal 1440 Entertainment. Thankfully, my frustrations didn’t last long. “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a Christmas Movie, which means there will be a happy ending for both Jack and Mariah right around the corner. And yes, I cried at the ending. The song, All I want for Christmas is You, will now forever be about the love between me and my dog.
Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You also features 3 other Mariah Carey songs including Lil Snowman. CHeck out a short clip of the song below.
I am sure “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You” will become a Christmas classic just like her song. It is an adorable story about a girl and her puppy.
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