“ Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, Dominic Scott Kay, Thomas Calabro, Armin Shimerman / Directors: Harvey Frost / Number of discs: 1 / Classification: 15 / Studio: Brightspark / DVD Release Date: 30 Nov 2009 / Run Time: 96 minutes „
I watched this film over the festive period and despite being very predictable I found it to provide some light entertainment which was easy to watch without having to concentrate too much. This might be an odd thing to say but with a young baby I don't have the time or energy to invest in complicated storylines.
The plot is suitably silly for a bit of festive cheer, with the main character Nick needing to find a wife to support him in his new role as he prepares to take over his father as Santa Claus. Enter Beth, a lonely mother of one whose faith in dreams and fantasies has all but disappeared following the death of her husband. It doesn't take a genius to figure out how this story ends.....
As I mentioned earlier I found this easy viewing and I could wander in and out of the room without losing track of the story. We see Nick pursue Beth, and attempt to restore her faith in humanity by befriending her and her son when so many men have run a mile after finding out she had a child. Nick has a childlike quality which makes him fun but not quite capable of being taken seriously. He is good for Beth however, as she works too hard and struggles with the work-life balance that everyone strives for.
There were a few scenes in this film which had me smiling, and although the humour isn't exactly laugh out loud quality, it is still worthy of raising a smile. Beth doesn't know that Nick is Santa Claus, and it's quite amusing watching them interact without her knowing this. The big kid in me liked the idea of this film, even though it would obviously never happen what with Santa not existing and everything.
The atmosphere of this film is probably the best bit for me, as it helped to get me in the festive spirit when I wasn't really feeling it. It is a feelgood film with a predictable ending, but pleasant enough family viewing all the same.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)