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Judge Reinhold
Tim Allen
Ann-Margret
Martin Short.
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Michael Lembeck.
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Ed Decter
John J Strauss.
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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Tim Allen's Santa is under pressure...


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Plot
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.


Review
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
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?


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


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Mmm.

Okay, The Santa Clause was a great escapsim Christmas movie I watch every year before the big day. It's funny, charming and heart-warming. Santa Clause 2 was okay but nothing special, no way will it beat the first. Now with Santa Clause 3, I'm wondering if there would be a fourth and a fifth and sixth... it's just going to keep on running. Sure, most of the cast return but it feels so out of place and not really funny at all. Far too much going on, there was no sweet feeling that would make you ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 11:00, 04 January 2010 | Report This Post


I thought this third instalement had its good points and bad points.firstly the good parts,Tim allen a is fairly funny actor nd his performance hasnt gotten different from the last two films,which were enjoyable.Martin short was also pretty funny at times playing jack frost,although he was quite annoying at times!The bad points would be that one of the funniest parts of the movie revolved around comet the reindeer farting so it hardly makes it a classic.The storyline itself was also suspect as i... More

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Posted by thehatch07 at 17:33, 13 November 2007 | Report This Post


Weakest of the series and lacking much charm.

I did not have overlly high hopes for The Santa Clause 3, my major reasoning behind this is simply because I never saw a trailer that really grabbed my attention. The original two always intrigued me, the first because I was a hyperactive four year old at the time, and the second because I wanted to see whether it worked as a sequel. Now the original is now regarded as a Christmas classic, it lives up to repeated viewings and it just can put you in the festive mood. The sequel was nowhere near u... More

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Posted by 02PARSIM at 16:11, 01 December 2006 | Report This Post


I think this movie will become the greatest christmas movie there ever was... ... More

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Posted by NEKPWT at 18:01, 18 November 2006 | Report This Post


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