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Saturday, December 14, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Movies - Day 14 and 15 - The Santa Clause 1 & 2

So I’m cheating a little and combining Day 14 & 15 of 25 Days of Christmas Movies. Actually it makes sense anyway as one is a sequel: The Santa Clause (1994) & The Santa Clause 2 (2002). I love both of these movies, and I’ll watch them as many times as they’re on (which is usually a lot).

What a great premise for the movie! Tim Allen is Scott Calvin, a divorced father and overworked ad exec at a toy company. On Christmas Eve, he accidentally kills Santa and winds up taking his place…literally. Scott unwittingly “becomes” Santa Claus, delivering Christmas gifts around the world and traveling to the North Pole. Over the next year, Scott transforms into Santa, gaining weight and growing a white beard (even after he shaves it off again and again). Meanwhile, no one believes the son’s (the adorable Charlie) wild story about visiting the North Pole. It’s a very funny turn and Tim Allen is perfect.

In the second installment, Scott must find a wife by Christmas Eve in order to remain Santa. And it’s not like he can tell her who he is, right? The fabulous Elizabeth Mitchell is a hard-nosed high school principle with a soft heart as is his soon-to-be Mrs. Claus. I also love that they have the same actor playing the now teenaged Charlie.

A great pair of movies.

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