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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

on November 03, 2006 by Tim Cogshell
Gassy reindeer gags and in-law jokes are the tinsel-thin strands from which the legacy of The Santa Clause (1994) hangs in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, likely the last in a series of Christmas movies starring Tim Allen as a guy who gets the job of King of the Elves when he accidentally kills the previous Santa and puts on the red coat. For Scott Calvin (Allen), getting stuck with a job of Santa Claus was like getting a used Christmas tree in July. Indeed, the funniest thing about the original Clause movie was that Calvin, a divorced single father on the verge of getting married, didn't want the gig. Here, more than a decade and two better movies later, Kris Kringle is fighting to save his job from an overly commercial Jack Frost, played like a cross between Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley by Martin Short. Both Glick and Grimley are really irritating, and for that matter so is Short, thus Frost has no chance of being endearing in any way. As for the narrative, Frost tricks Scott into returning to the moment in the original film when he puts on Santa's coat and takes it for himself. Meanwhile, Scott brings his in-laws to the North Pole, which he disguises as Canada, to appease his pregnant wife, again played by Elizabeth Mitchell. A host of cameos playing The Council of Legendary Figures includes everyone from Kevin Pollak as Cupid to Michael Dorn as The Sand Man and Jay Thomas as the Easter Bunny. But this is not as funny as it might sound. If there is truly an escape clause in this movie, use it. Distributor: Buena Vista
Cast: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Spencer Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Martin Short, Ann-Margret and Alan Arkin
Director: Michael Lembeck
Screenwriters: Ed Decter & John J. Strauss
Producers: Tim Allen, Robert F. Newmyer, Brian Reilly and Jeffrey Silver
Genre: Family comedy
Rating: G
Running time: 90 min.
Release Date: November 3, 2006
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