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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Review

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Santa (Allen), aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

★★★★★

Tim Allen’s ruddy Santa is behind with who’s been naughty or nice. Mrs. Claus is overdue giving birth. And ensuring everything at the North Pole goes south, Jack Frost (Martin Short with fabulous iced hair product) plots to usurp the big red guy and control Christmas. This overly-busy sequel borrows liberally (hello Meet The Parents, Back To The Future and It’s A Wonderful Life) while clinging cutely to the farting reindeer, multi-ethnic child elves and Candyland decor. Ironically in a jape that’s all about the presents without mentioning the Christian Nativity, the thrust is the evil of commercialising Christmas. Huh?

A little muddled and derivative but what do we expect, really?