With Black Friday behind us and the pressure to award our loved ones with the perfect material goods for the holiday to adequately express our love still hanging over our heads, this classic Arnold Schwarzenegger feels most appropriate for the dawning of this holiday season.
For being a cheesy 1996 movie, it actually has a pretty notable cast, including:
and baby Anakin Skywalker:
The basic premise of the movie is that the Terminator is kind of shitty dad and his one hope of redemption is to get his obnoxious kid the most popular toy of the season, a Turbo Man doll, so that Baby Anakin will love him again and Rita Wilson won’t leave him for Phil Hartman.
As it turns out, the Terminator has to do battle with Sinbad, the other “terrible dad” who wants the city’s last Turbo Man doll for his own kid.
Hijinks ensue and the Terminator convinces his kid to love him again by hijacking the Turbo Man float in the town’s parade and dressing in costume as Turbo Man. This proved to be influential as baby Anakin remembered this tactic to try and convince his own son to see things his way later in life.
Now that his family loves him again, Rita Wilson and Baby Anakin accept the Terminator back into their lives until he inevitably fucks up again before New Year’s Eve.