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Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish Santa's trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed, Father Christmas.
Stirring parable about obesity, food addiction, white man's guilt, sweat shops and child labour.
Part Twenty of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge
I'm not usually a fan of divorce in film. I've never personally experienced it, but in cinema, it's mainly shown unrealistically and contrived in the movies. While I cannot speak for the accuracy for The Santa Clause, I've found the exploration of separated families in this film to be quite well-done, if not wonderfully handled. Of course, the actual story is the main focus, and it still works after all these years. The atmosphere is beautiful, and I'll admit, I let out a tear or two every time.
"My weenie whistle!"
Man, do I ever despise Neil. Everything about him.
I mean, he stopped believing in Santa when he was three!
This was such a fun blast from the past, a movie that I watched countless times as a kid, no matter what time of year. I still had some of the lines memorized. From fantastic work (and now noticed all the one-liners) from Tim Allen, Bernard (David Krumholtz), Judy (Paige Tamada), the hot mom Laura (Wendy Crewson), and the great little kid Charlie (Eric Lloyd) who almost gets too whiny at times but overall pretty great. Did anyone else want to go into those other rooms at the North Pole like I did? The Ballroom?! The Candy Room!? C'mon! Also, the effects were very much dated but didn't take away from the fun & nostalgia.
"The Rose Suchak Ladder Company - just like the poem!"
... that's awesome.
Presenting Tim Allen at the peak of his career, The Santa Clause uses Allen's brand of snark and sarcasm to full effect within the frame work of a family holiday picture with a really unique concept. Scott Calvin is a high-powered toy company executive who excels at business, but sucks at family. When his son comes to spend Christmas Eve with him, the boy is less then enthused. That is, until Calvin accidentally causes Santa Claus's death and has to fill in for the big guy himself.
The Santa Clause is a holiday staple for my family and I, we've watched it ever since it came out and rarely have we passed a holiday season without screening it. As such,…
Though it is not the greatest of holiday films, John Pasquin's "The Santa Clause" proves that a charismatic lead actor, some genuine warmth, and a dose of Christmas cheer can go a long way. A surprise hit in 1994, the Disney production has earned a place in the pantheon of favorite Christmas films and is a tried and true family pleaser.
When Tim Allen's Scott Calvin and his son witness the untimely demise of Santa Clause, Calvin is pressed into service to become the next Santa. This admittedly dark sounding premise gives way to a light and humorous story that deftly targets the family audience. The sweetness is rarely sacharine, and the film has heart enough to fill a sleigh.…
This is a movie where a man murders another man. He proceeds to steal his clothes, steal his identity, steal his job, and then steal his life, leaving his old life, family, job, friends, and life behind. And none of the deceased man's friends or employees seem to care that he is dead and replaced, and the film is meant to be enjoyed by families.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Following in the footsteps of visionaries such as David Cronenberg and Bob Clark, director John Pasquin delivers a truly unsettling entry in the body horror genre cloaked in a cheery, deck-the-halls facade that is only as deep as a dusting of snow. In a memorable turn by Tim Allen, our protagonist Scott Calvin is a bumbling but well-meaning single father struggling to raise his son. One Christmas Eve, in an apparent home invasion, Scott inadvertently kills the supposed invader, who turns out to be the jolly old elf himself. Scott is duped by the fine print on a card in Santa's pocket and soon learns, according to the Santa Clause - which might be more accurately described as a curse…
Ein Mann tötet ausversehen Santa Clause und nimmt dann dessen Job als Weihnachtsmann an. Na, wenn das nicht mal eine charmante Prämisse für einen Familienweihnachtsfilm ist. Und tatsächlich, Disney hat es geschafft, daraus einen Film zu basteln, der ohne Altersbeschränkung freigegeben wurde. Gedreht wurde er leider auch ohne Beschränkung der Dämlichkeiten. "Santa Clause" ist darauf aus, ein moderner Klassiker für die Feiertage zu sein, sein Ziel erreicht er nicht in einer Minute. Zuschauer, egal welchen Alters, haben etwas Besseres verdient als diesen lustlosen Schnellschuss.
Watched to cheer myself up
Fun Christmas comedy, even if some of the plot holes are annoying.
i feel like i remember watching this movie as early as christmastime '95. so i was pretty much, for all intents and purposes, a two-year old.
as such, it's sort of informed my worldview in several ways.
tim allen convinced me that he's very divorcable in this movie. he played divorce very convincingly. so seeing that as a two year old probably gave me a healthy dose of reality, between the mashed baby food and all the shits.
bernard was played by that dude who went on to play michael in ten things i hate about you. cool to see him playing a jewish elf? the answer there is yes.
this movie does make me feel warm in a lot of ways. just an endearing, 3 star, '90s comfort movie.
i watched this in a dream. it was pretty good
A Christmas classic from my childhood, The Santa Clause was probably never great even when I was a kid - so it doesn't take much to say the movie doesn't exactly hold up now. It's got a very 90's aesthetic, and it plays into the familiar trope of a cynic learning a Christmas lesson - only this time the cynic learns his lesson by becoming Christmas. There are some nice bright spots - Judge Reinholds performance, the normalized relationship between a divorced husband and wife - but the rest of the movie is pretty standard.
"The Santa Clause" is a flavorful piece of a well executed Christmas film that has enough jolly and joy to fulfill my seasonal needs.
Meh, a one joke premise that delivers a few laughs early but then eventually runs out of gas.
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.
I do not recommend a vast majority of these films. In fact, a good 80-90% of these are anywhere from…