The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Movie Title: The Santa Clause 2

Year Released: 2002

Rated: G

Runtime: 1h 45min

Genre: Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

Director: Michael Lembeck

Writer: Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss

Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Spencer Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Danielle Woodman, Aisha Tyler, Peter Boyle, Jay Thomas, Kevin Pollak, Art LaFleur, Michael Dorn, Molly Shannon, Bob Bergen, Kath Soucie

Review: Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been in the role of Santa for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But the world of the "Merry Old Soul" turns upside down when he's dealt a double whammy of news: Not only has his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), landed on this year's naughty list, but Scott discovers that he must marry by Christmas Eve -- just a month away! -- or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

The Santa Clause 2 is a wild, wacky, and fun Christmas film that picks up eight years after it's predecessor, The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the eight years since the first film, and has basically found his calling delivering toys and donning the red suit every Christmas. As a result, a now teenaged Charlie, is on the naughty list after not having the traditional fatherly upbringing and carrying the burden of his father being Santa Claus all these years. Another issue that Scott was unaware of revolves around The Mrs. Clause, where Scott must find a wife or relinquish his claim to the North Pole throne. While on a trip down south to help steer Charlie on the right path, Scott begins dating to try and find a wife. This is a rather comical sequence as Santa Claus is essentially going on a slew of haphazard dates to try to fulfill The Mrs. Clause -- quickly! There's a goofy scene with Molly Shannon singing to Scott in the middle of a restaurant that is equal parts hilarious and cringeworthy. Charlie's principal, Carol Newman (Elizabeth Mitchell), enters the fray and just might be the lucky lady to steal Santa Claus' heart.

All while this is going on in Illinois, the North Pole is being ran by Toy Santa, a clone created after Scott goes through a machine. The Toy Santa is one of the more outrageous characters in Christmas movie history. He has a proclivity for getting drunk off hot cocoa, obliterating elves in football games, and evolves into quite the northerly dictator. Plus, he looks ridiculous, and you can't help but laugh at the absurdity of it all. What ultimately culminates is a battle between good and psychotic, as Scott has to return to the North Pole, defeat Toy Santa and his army of toy soldiers, and get married all in the St. Nick of time. This movie is truly chaotic, but I actually think there are some really heartfelt moments, and a lot of fun to be had. The Santa Clause 2 is a worthy sequel to one of my favorite Christmas films, and it's truly a joy to watch this franchise each holiday season.

In the meantime...Get me some more cocoa! Wooo!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Tim Allen's line "You are a sad, strange little man," is also used by Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995). Allen also delivers a line as Toy Santa that says, "I think Santa feels a little buzz!" This is also a reference to Buzz Lightyear.


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