Walt Disney Pictures
By Kate Zentall
Tim "Santa Claus" Allen needs to find a Mrs. Claus in 28 days or else we can all forget Christmas this year. Plus, his teen son is causing some cry-for-help mischief that obligates our Big Guy in Red to make an incognito swoop to work some parental magic and set things right with the chic, cool school principal (who is in need of some seasonal cheer of her own).
Meanwhile, back at the Workshop, the Santa surrogate that impish elves have created has gone amok, going postal by noting more naughties than nices on the children's roster and cranking out lots of coal for Christmas stockings.
Will the real Santa prevail? Will young Charlie come to terms with the father that fate drew for him? Will reindeer Comet's digestive system recover from his chocolate pig-out? Will Santa find his sweetie? Mysteries may not abound, but fun, fresh takes, and lots of laughs do, along with deftly developed characters, including an inspired Tooth Fairy, a hapless beginner reindeer, and Molly Shannon as a blind date who nearly steals the whole picture.
What kids are saying:
James, 10: I really liked the movie because it was really funny and it had a lot of good characters. My favorite characters were the Easter Bunny, Bernard the elf, and the Spencer Breslin character ("the dude with the glasses"), Curtis.
My favorite scene was when all the mythical creatures--Cupid, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy (who always wants to change his name!), Santa, Father Time, the Sandman, and Mother Nature--had their annual meeting at the North Pole.
I laughed out loud when Comet the reindeer (he was another favorite character) got real, real fat because he ate too much chocolate and couldn't move when Santa needed him the most, to get him back to the North Pole.
I would recommend this movie to my friends because there are a lot of funny scenes and a fart joke.
What parents are saying:
Flora, mother of a 19-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son:
This is a pretty delightful holiday movie that can keep the attention of really young children while offering the older kids plenty as well. Tim Allen remains one of the most enaging creatures on celluloid, and though there are holes in the plot big enough to drive a sleigh through, it's all so charming, silly, and downright funny that you simply don't care.