James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS (PG)
D: John Cherry
Warner Bros./Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners III (Stacy Williams & Doug Claybourne)
USA 🇺🇸 1988
W: Ed Turner & B. Kline
DP: Peter Stein
Ed: Ernest D. Thomas
Mus: Mark Snow
Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell), Douglas Seale (Santa Claus), Oliver Clark (Joe Carruthers), Noelle Parker (Pamela Trenton)
Arguably the best of the Ernest movies, but that's not to say it's particularly good.
Jim Varney is dim-witted man-child Enest P. Worrell, who is selected by Santa to take over his annual duties.
The character returned in several other films, including Ernest Rides Again and Ernest Goes To Jail but all the films are quite witless from start to finish and appeal mostly to juvenile audiences (or those who find the main character funny).