Released: 11/11/1994 Rated: PG
The definition of a family movie is one that is entertaining across multiple generations, and this one hits the nail on the head. This is another one of my favorites, and if you somehow haven’t seen this little gem yet, I recommend it this holiday season.
I love Tim Allen as Santa. If there was ever an embodiment of Santa Claus, it’s Tim Allen’s portrayal. He does a great job going from sarcastic and skeptic to all things Christmas. He, as a grown man, doesn’t believe in Santa, but tries to help raise his son’s Christmas spirit after the validity of Santa has been called into question. He goes along with everything to humor Charlie, but quickly reaches his limit. “Can we get a direct flight back to reality, or do we have to switch planes in Denver?” When Scott transforms and accepts his fate, I can only describe it as magical. He’s not over the top, he’s not cliché, and he doesn’t undersell it; he’s just perfect to the point where you can see the twinkle in his eye. He is the quintessential Santa.
This film is brilliant, and I appreciate it so much more as an adult because I can now fully see just how smart it is. “No, no, no. Not Santa Claus the person, Santa Clause the clause.” The business card is a contract, Scott Calvin is essentially a toy maker, the tool belt reference to Home Improvement! I could keep going. It’s the little things that make it great. And my favorite thing is that it isn’t campy and in your face. There is a true family message woven into the story instead of it just being about this guy turning into Santa Claus.
It’s a holiday must see!