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The Santa Clause

  PG HD Closed Captioning

John Pasquin

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Plot Summary

Scott Calvin, is a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie, begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. When the current Mr. Claus falls off the roof on Christmas eve, Scott dons Santa's suit, and he and his son are whisked off to the North Pole. There he meets Bernard the head elf, who tells him about the clause, a contract stating that whoever puts on the santa suit must also take on all the responsibilities that go with the position. Scott isn't too thrilled about his sudden career change. Charlie, however, is overjoyed. Over the next 12 months Scott gains an enormous amount of weight and sprouts a full white beard. Though he fights the inevitable, when Christmas eve arrives Scott and Charlie, eight reindeer and the Elf Swat Team strive to make believers of all of us, and in the events that follow, it becomes clear that Scott indeed is the real Santa.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Home Improvement fans will find plenty of laughs and may even consent to going to this movie with their little brothers and sisters. – Patricia S. McCormick, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Dec 6, 2013

Fresh: This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality. – Leonard Klady, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: All of the film's technical and creative contributions are top-notch, but as it should be, it's the people who win us over. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

"Does this look like a little weight to you?"

It's a good Christmas time movie. But alas, they should have stopped with this one and not continued with 2 other sequels...

ThE MoSt Funniest thing!

Tim allan the so fuuny in every movie! he fits the best for this movie, if you havent seen it i would advise you to watch it-or buy it! JaReD

The Saunta Clause still hoe hoes its way into a new audience

The Santa Clause has become one of the best holiday movies to captivate audiences of all with its humor that seems to be appealing to all ages. Tim Allen does a great job portaying the father of the at times very annoying son. Santa Clause was portrayed very well in this film, and should have been nominated for an academy award for best portrayal of a non fictional character. This movie captivates christmas so well that one can actually smell the toasty cinnaomon rising from the pie. The costume for Santa was brilliant, the use of Red and White was just so absolutely brilliant and original.