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The Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause

The Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause

Michael Lembeck (2006)

88min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A jealous Jack Frost causes chaos at the North Pole in this third instalment of the jovial festive franchise. With Tim Allen amiably filling out the Father Christmas suit once again, it's a more substantial family romp than returning director Michael Lembeck's The Santa Clause 2. Unsurprisingly for a yuletide flick, there's still enough sugary sentiment to rot teeth, but the welcome addition of Martin Short's mischief-making Frost gives the comedy a cheeky zing that both adults and kids will enjoy. Short steals every scene, as he endeavours to take over the Big Guy's job by sabotaging the toy factory and undermining his relationship with the heavily pregnant Mrs Claus (Elizabeth Mitchell from TV's Lost) and her visiting folks. The film runs like clockwork, slickly constructed for maximum humorous and emotional impact. Ultimately, its messages about the evils of commercialising Christmas seem misplaced, although audiences will probably be too swept up in the colourful fun to even care.

Summary

Father Christmas's festive preparations are disrupted when mischievous Jack Frost turns up at the North Pole on a secret mission to sabotage the toy factory. To add to Santa's woes, the parents of the pregnant Mrs Claus come to stay. Fantasy comedy sequel, starring Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell and Alan Arkin.

Cast & Crew

Santa Claus / Scott Calvin Tim Allen
Mrs Claus / Carol Calvin Elizabeth Mitchell
Neil Miller Judge Reinhold
Laura Miller Wendy Crewson
Charlie Calvin Eric Lloyd
Jack Frost Martin Short
Curtis Spencer Breslin
Sylvia Newman Ann-Margret
Bud Newman Alan Arkin
Lucy Miller Liliana Mumy
Trish Abigail Breslin
Cupid Kevin Pollak
Father Time Peter Boyle
Director Michael Lembeck
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 Nov 2006

Comedy Drama

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