The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

"Weak"

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Review


Of the many things I dislike about the Santa Clause series, the one that bothers me the most, the very very most, is this: Now, whenever any of the critics on this site tries to write the name "Santa Claus" they almost invariably spell it "Santa Clause." That extra "e" is absolutely maddening, and it is everywhere I look, unintentionally.

Against all odds, the e-happy Santa Clause series is back with a third installment, which involves Santa (Tim Allen) facing off against the Napoleon-complexed Jack Frost (Martin Short), who's got his eyes on the prize of being the supremo wintertime icon. His idea is to take advantage of a rare "escape clause" which lets Santa step down willingly if he says a certain phrase, so Frost can sieze the big red suit. Naturally, trickery is involved. Apparently Jack Frost is a very bad boy. You can tell by the fright wig hairdo.

Eventually Frost gets his way, and the North Pole is turned into an alternate-universe theme park, and everyone below the Arctic Circle is miserable, because Frost-as-Santa doesn't care about making people happy. I'd say it's inspired by It's a Wonderful Life but the shallowness of the last act of the film makes me wonder if the filmmakers didn't have, say, Back to the Future Part II in mind instead. Either way, you've seen this faux dystopia before, and you know full well how it will all end up.

Naturally a variety of subplots abound to fill time that the threadbare plot can't do on its own: Mrs. Claus (no "e"!) is having a baby. And her in-laws (Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret) are coming to visit... only they don't know their daughter is married to Santa. So the elves cover up their ears and everyone pretends they're in Canada. Sadly, this little side plot is as funny as anything else in the film.

Special effects are in abundance, but none of them are very well-produced, much like the film on the whole. Let's all ask Mr. Allen to hang this up while he still has some dignity left. Certainly someone wants to get a Toy Story 3 going, don't they?

The DVD includes outtakes, and that's about it.

Still full of hot air.



The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Friday 3rd November 2006

Box Office USA: $84.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $84.5M

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Production compaines: Walt Disney Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 15%
Fresh: 10 Rotten: 55

IMDB: 4.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Robert F. Newmyer, ,

Starring: as Santa, as Mrs.Clause, as Charlie, as neil miller, as Laura Miller, as Jack Frost, as Curtis, as Lucy Miller, as Sylvia Newman, as Bud Newman, as Trish, as Tooth Fairy, as Mother Nature, Kevin Pollak as Cupid, as Easter Bunny, as Sandman, as Father Time

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.