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      22.02.2013 23:34
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      It isn't Christmas without a cheesy film and watching it with the family.

      The Santa Clause is quite an old film now. Released in 1994, it is something I only got round to watching in full for the first time this past Christmas when my children were laid up poorly. I looked on netflix and it was one of the films available, and I was pretty sure it would be something they would enjoy.

      Tim Allen plays the lead, Scott Calvin. He is an advertising executive, and he is similar to a few of these middle aged male characters in movies, that he is separated from his wife and child and the relationship is not exactly wonderful. His son Charlie is staying with him for Christmas Eve. They are disturbed by a noise on the roof. When Scott goes outside to investigate he is rather cynical when he finds someone dressed up in a red suit.

      He finds a card in the pocket of the man, which instructs him to put on the suit and deliver the presents. Scott finds all this hard to believe, but egged on by his son, he puts on the suit and goes out on the sleigh to deliver the presents. They end up at the North Pole, and Scott is informed that he didn't read the small print, and The Santa Clause is that he put on the suit, so now he is going to become Santa.

      Scott tries to go back to his normal life, but there are difficulties as his demeanor and his physical appearance starts to change. Charlie also starts having difficulties as he is very honest about what is happening, only no-one will believe him.

      What follows is a heart warming film as a year passes between one Christmas and the next. Scott needs to get his affairs in order and try to maintain some relationship with his son while everyone around him assumes he is having some sort of breakdown.

      I found the relationship between Scott and his son Charlie very loving, and at points I was quite sad seeing them not able to see each other as his ex-wife questioned his sanity and if he were a fit parent.

      At the same time, the film is quite humourous in places as we see Scott change, and the film definitely gets you in the mood for the festive season. It is a film to share with your loved ones, and the language and humour are definitely child friendly rather than laugh out loud moments. It is worthy of its PG rating. Some of the humour appealed to me more than the kids as it was things like Scott taking his son to eat at a diner along with all the other single dads as he burnt the food. It is more than a little stereotypical, but that is ok for me in a Christmas themed film as we all want the cliche at Christmas.

      There are some special effects within this which concern Santa traveling around on the sleigh, and the mechanism of him getting down chimney's.

      We found this highly enjoyable to watch in the festive season. I wouldn't find it quite as good to watch if it were about any other time of the year, but at Christmas time there are certain traditions such as watching cheesy films. and this one perfectly fits the bill. I don't know quite how it took me nearly 20 years to watch it.

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        06.02.2013 11:29
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        A great Christmas Family film

        The Santa Clause


        I know, I know! Thinking about Christmas movies with so many months before Christmas comes around again is silly, though whether it be Christmas or not, The Santa Clause movie is simply a must, especially if you love the humour of Tim Allen who stars in this fantastic film.

        The film centres around Scott Calvin, who amazingly has the same initials as Santa Clause himself! Scott is a single father who is quite detached from his young son and almost forgets that he is having him overnight on Christmas Eve. His son, Charlie, is not overly looking forward to spending time at his dads house, and after a terrible Christmas Eve dinner, Scott tells him all about Santa Clause and is annoyed to find out that his mother and her new husband have already told him that Santa does not exist. Of course, Christmas Eve is a night of magic and when Scott and Charlie hear a strange noise on the roof, they go out to investigate, only to scare Santa in to falling from the roof. Coerced by his young son, Scott puts on Santa's coat in an attempt to deliver the presents in the sleigh, and inadvertently takes on the role of Santa permanently.

        A year later, Charlie still believes that his father is Santa, even though Scott puts it all down as a dream, though come Christmas again, Scott finds himself putting on weight and growing a beard as the naughty and nice list shows up at his house...

        The main cast of this film include;

        Tim Allen ... Scott Calvin / Santa Claus
        Judge Reinhold ... Dr. Neil Miller
        Wendy Crewson ... Laura Calvin Miller
        Eric Lloyd ... Charlie Calvin
        David Krumholtz ... Bernard the Elf
        Mary Gross ... Miss Daniels
        Paige Tamada ... Judy the Elf

        There are also a lot of smaller characters within the film, each great in their individual performances.

        The storyline is so funny and entertaining for all of the family and it is a barrel of laughs from start to finish. The cast is fantastic and Tim Allen carries this film as he carries everything he is in - with spectacular results.

        If you have never seen this film before then come next Christmas I fully recommend it.

        This film is the first in a trilogy and can be purchased for as little as £3.00 online and in stores. If you want to purchase the whole box set then you are looking at the reasonable price of around £8-£10.

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          06.11.2011 15:25
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          Modern yet good old fashioned Christmas movie

          Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a very busy advertising executive and divorced father who suddenly becomes Santa Claus after accidentally killing Santa on Christmas Eve. An amusing year follows as he fights his new role, slow to accept it because he hadn't believed in Santa since childhood. Amid the comedy, real life issues as his ex wife Laura, played by Wendy Crewson, and her new husband Dr. Neil Miller, played by Judge Reinhold fight him for custody of Charlie, played by Eric Lloyd. Neither of them have believed in Santa for years, and feel Scott is losing his mind. His boss and fellow employees also start to think he is losing it.

          As the film goes on and the story unfolds, everything works out just as it should, in a heart-warming, Christmassy way, but the humor continues to the very end, keeping it from being overly sugary and sweet as some holiday films tend to be.

          I would recommend this 1994 John Pasquin film for everyone. It truly is one of those films you can watch over and over and it will be just as funny each time. Although there are some scenes involving the custody battle, they are mild and have moments of humour in them to keep them light. I truly enjoy watching this one more than once each Christmas season. It is a perfect film to watch with family or friends, or even solo.

          Each time I watch it I notice something new. Santa's castle at the North Pole was well thought out and designed with some interesting touches to make it every child's dream of what it should be. The elves, despite their advanced ages, have a childlike appearance which makes them very endearing, and their personalities are well developed so they are more than just toymakers and have lives outside of work. Most stories portray them as diligent toymakers who look like wizened old men, friendly but too busy to have any fun.

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            02.01.2011 23:50
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            A heartwarming Christmassy film

            Being on Maternity Leave you find the television draws you in and you end up watching all kinds and during the recent Christmas Holidays I notices The Santa Clause was on bbc 1 and the sequels were also on later in the week.

            I have never watched any of the films but as a Disney Fan I thought I would enjoy them anyway so I recorded them to watch closer to Christmas Eve.

            The Santa Clause was released in 1994 so I cannot believe 2010 is the first time I was watching this film. It stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin an ordinary man who is divorced but has a son Charlie who is reluctant to come and stay with his father on Christmas Eve, he works for a toy firm.
            Charlie has been told that Santa Claus does not exist and this angers his father Scott and he assures him that Santa Claus does in fact exist, Charlie is not all that convinced until whilst in bed he hears a loud noise on the roof and he runs into his fathers bedroom to announce Santa Claus is on the roof, as Scott does not actually believe in Santa Claus he tells Charlie to go back to bed and agrees it is Santa on the roof whilst he goes out to investigate who is on his roof.

            As he walks outside he sees someone on his roof who he believes to be an intruder and yells at him to get off his roof, this startles the man on the roof and he falls to the floor and dies but he magically disappears leaving his Santa suit behind and a card which Scott picks up to read. Charlie can't believe his eyes and neither can Scott and as he reads the card it states that the person that found the Santa suit should put it on and he will find the reindeer on the roof and they will know exactly what to do.
            Scott decides to put the suit on as Charlie claims he has to do it and they spot on the roof reindeer and a sleigh.

            Soon Charlie and Scott are busy delivering presents across the land, Scott however does this very begrudgingly and when he comes across a nosy little girl he insists she goes back to sleep or she won't get her doll. Not very Santa like.

            Eventually they both land in a snowy land where the reindeers unleash themselves and run off leaving them both in the sleigh, a small person comes out and releases the North Pole which transports them underground into a hidden building which is full of elves busy making toys for children.

            Scott insists that he speak to the person in charge and this is when he comes head to head with the Chief Elf, Bernard who states that Scott is in charge as he is Santa Claus. Scott cannot believe this, Bernard shows him the business card once more and in small writing it clearly states that the person that puts on the suit will become the next Santa Claus. Scott does not want the role to which Bernard replies that he now is Santa Claus and he has until the following Thanksgiving to get ready before returning as Santa.

            Charlie also receives a snowglobe from Bernard which is really magical and he asks Charlie to look after it as it is very old.

            The following morning the pair awake and Scott puts it down to a dream but Charlie remembers it all as well and he is adament his father is the new Santa Claus and when his mother arrives to pick him up he cannot stop talking about it.
            Scott tries to dismiss Charlie's claims to his mother who think this time he has gone too far.

            As the weeks pass however, Scott seems to be gaining weight very rapidly. Scott makes a visit to his practitioner who states he is fit and healthy but has gained a lot of weight. Scott also questions if it is normal that he has a lot of fast hair growth which is white, the practitioner claims it is normal but when Scott states he shaved only this morning and is now sporting a beard the practitioner looks at him in disbelief, he asks Scott what he has been eating and his reply is milk and cookies, just like Santa's favourite treat!

            Most people have started to notice Scott's change in appearance and his ex wife, Laura is so concerned she decides to terminate his visitation rights to their son. Scott is devastated, will he be able to win his son back and will he carry on as Santa Claus after Thanksgiving?

            *~*My Opinion*~*

            As a Disney Fan it is very rare that I do not enjoy any Disney fan, but this is a real Christmassy film and I liked it within the first few minutes. Most of the cast are unrecognisable apart from the lead Character Scott, played by Tim Allen.

            Tim plays the character well as we see him grumpy when he discovers he has to deliver the rest of the presents that the previous Santa didn't get chance to do.

            The film is aimed at children and adults alike and I as I approach my thirties found this a rather enjoyable film, whereas my husband said it was ok. My nieces both enjoyed the film though and understood it very well at the ages of 7 and 8.

            The story was somewhat different to other Christmas films and offered an interesting storyline. I personally enjoy Christmas films when they have the North Pole as it always seems that bit more magical than films with just a Christmas atmosphere. The film tugs on the heart strings as we witness Charlie and his father Scott separated for something that is out of his control.

            Although the story is somewhat unbelievable it is as Disney plan, it is a magical film and very enjoyable and I think I will be purchasing this so that my son can enjoy it when he is a little older.

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              05.11.2010 10:52
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              A great Christmas film

              This is one of my favourite Christmas films.

              It stars Tim Allen as Scott who is the father of a young boy and is separated from his mother. The story starts on Christmas Eve when Scott has his son Charlie for the night. Charlie is woken in the night by a sound on the roof and when Scott goes to investigate he causes Santa to fall of the roof and ends up putting on the santa suit at the request of Charlie and the two of them deliver presents that night and then arrive at santa's workshop. When Scott wakes the next day he believes it was a dream and spends the rest of the year trying to block out his calling to be santa claus.

              This film is really funny and really gets me in the festive spirit. It has everything a Christmas film should have. It is heartwarming and full of joy and you see a different side to Scott emerging when he becomes santa claus and you see his relationship with his son blossom. The snow and lights and santa's workshop really make it fun for both children and adults to watch and the reindeer Comet is so cute and funny.

              Tim Allen is a great actor and really shines in this film. He is totally believable and really suits the role of santa and looks very realistic when he is transformed into Santa and does not look fake at all. The actor who plays his son Charlie is also very good and is really cute and funny.

              I think this is a fantastic film and I would definately recommend it.

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              29.12.2009 12:29
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              A very funny and enjoyable film

              Tim Allen is brilliant in this film, as a workaholic businessman, Scott Calvin, who's son is not at the top of his priority list, who, after accidentally causing Santa to fall off his roof, transforms into the man himself.

              Allen has many great, dry, one liners in the film which ensures there are many laugh out load moments. He also has great fatherly chemistry with his son, Charlie. His relationship with Charlie's step father Neil (played by Judge Reinhold) as comedy and depth to the mix.

              Calvin's transformation into Santa Clause over the course of the film is done very well in terms of both the make-up, and believably in the way Allen's character would deal with it. (He's in denial for most of the film).

              Calvin finally accepts his new role, thanks to his son believing in him when no-one else does. It's touchingly heart warming, with the moral of the tale being that families come in all different and extended forms.

              The special effects are well done and believable, especially considering the film is now over 10 years old. And the Santa Clause's North Pole is my absolute favourite of all the christmas films. The elves are played by children, who are extremely cute, and the set as very magical. Just how the north pole should be!

              The plot moves along at a decent pace, so will keep children and adults alike interested.

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              28.12.2009 20:55
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              A great family film to get you in the Christmas mood

              I have been watching a lot of Christmas films recently. I love doing this just before Christmas as it gets me in the mood and makes me feel excited! One of my favourite films to watch which I own on DVD is The Santa Claus.

              The Santa Claus is based around a man called Scott Calvin (Tim Allen). Scott works at a toy company where he is very high up and works hard. Sometimes his hard work can mean he is late to see his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Charlie lives with his Mum (Wendy Crewson) and Stepdad Neil (Judge Reinhold) and doesn't really enjoy going to see his Dad. This particular Christmas Charlie is staying at his Dads on Christmas Eve. The night doesn't get off to a good start when Scott turns up late after his work Christmas party and then managed to burn the turkey and they end up eating at a restaurant. Scott is also annoyed to find out that Neil has told Charlie that Santa Claus does not exist. He tells Charlie 'the night before Christmas' story before bed and then they both go to sleep. In the middle of the night Scott and Charlie are both woken up by a loud sound outside. Scott goes outside to investigate and sees Santa Claus on the roof, he shouts up and Santa Claus slips and falls. Where he should be though lying in the snow is just his suit with a business card inside saying Scott should slip on the Santa suit. Before they know it Scott and Charlie and flying on the reindeer sleigh, is Scott the new Santa Claus?

              I think the story is a really nice Christmas one. It has got all the things you want in a Christmas film: snow , Santa, reindeer, elves and presents. It also has a more adult story to it which is that of a man who has to fight for custody of his son against his ex wife and her husband who think he is going mad. I used to enjoy this story as a child and I think I enjoy it even more now as there is more depth to it than you originally find. There is also some adult humour in there that children wouldn't get. It is a heart warming story and is just the thing to get you in the Christmas mood.

              I like the concept that Santa Claus is a normal person as it makes it quite funny seeing how he changes. The character of Scott is a good one and the typical type of character you get in Christmas films. He begins being a not so nice person who seems to care mainly about himself and less about his son and the things he should care about. As you would expect his character really changes and it is nice to see this transformation and it makes you warm towards him. Scott is also a funny character and he has some humorous moments throughout the film. Other good characters include Neil , he is very different from Scott and this makes the times when they meet quite funny. Another character that I enjoyed watching was the head elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) as he was a really serious character in all that he said but the actual words are quite funny.

              I thought Tim Allen did a good job in this role. He always performs well in comedy roles and this is no exception. The story and the lines written in to the film allow his to show himself to his true potential. I found the way that he acted very funny, helped by the good writing. He was very believable in his role. The other actors were also good throughout especially the child actors including Eric Lloyd. Sometimes child actors are not actually good at acting but he did a great job and he again was very believable in his role.

              The Santa Claus is 105 minutes long which is a good length for an enjoyable festive film. It is rated a U and I would definitely say it is suitable for the whole family. As I said earlier it will appeal to children and also adults due to some of the jokes.

              It is quite an old film, originally being released in 1994 at the cinema. I don't think you notice this too much though and it is not too dated. It is a film that I will continue to watch for many years and I think children now would also enjoy it.

              The film had a great feel to it overall and it does make you feel good after watching it. It is funny and is great for the whole family to watch.

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                20.11.2009 01:11
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                A great festive film for all the family

                The Santa Clause was released in 1994 and made by Walt Disney and Hollywood Pictures.

                The Story:

                Once again, as with my other DVD reviews, I am not going to give the whole story away, as I feel this spoils it for those who haven't seen the film before, therefore here is a brief outline of the storyline.

                The story is about a man called Scott Calvin who is divorced from his wife; he has a son who stays with him on Christmas Eve.

                Scott reads the classic story, 'The Night before Christmas' to his son before going to bed.

                The son is then woke up by a noise on the roof. Scott goes out to investigate; the noise on the roof is actually Santa himself.

                Scott manages to frighten Santa, who falls off the roof. This is where the whole magical story begins! Scott has to take over the role of Santa Clause.

                He fits the role well as Scott Calvin starts putting on a lot of weight and he starts to grow a long gray beard which he can do nothing about.
                He eventually accepts his role as Santa and enjoys being the big fella but he struggles to keep his secret Santa identity.

                His ex wife and her partner are very suspicious of Scotts state of mind that they try to stop Scott from seeing his son.

                That's as much as I'm going to tell as not to spoil anything.
                There are lots of magical festive happenings and a sarcastic Elf called Bernard.


                The Cast:

                * Tim Allen as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus
                * Judge Reinhold as Dr. Neil Miller
                * Wendy Crewson as Laura Calvin-Miller
                * Eric Lloyd as Charlie Calvin
                * David Krumholtz as Bernard the Head Elf
                * Larry Brandenburg as Detective Nunzio
                * Mary Gross as Miss Daniels
                * Paige Tamada as Judy the Elf
                * Peter Boyle as Mr. Whittle
                * Kerrigan Mahan and Frank Welker as Reindeers (voices)

                My Opinion:

                I think that this is a fantastic family Christmas film. It is very funny too, especially Comet the reindeer who is always botty burping, much to my little girl, and my husband's amusement!

                I believe this film is fun for all ages, however younger children may not understand the story, but through experience, younger ones still like the film as its full of magic, reindeer, elves and of course Santa Clause.


                Cost:

                I would recommend Play.com for DVD's this time of year.
                The triple DVD set containing the Santa Clause 1,2 and 3 is just £8.99 with free delivery.
                Or you could just buy the single DVD for £4.99 with free postage.

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                  12.10.2009 16:52
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                  Great Christmas film

                  As my thoughts are turning towards Christmas, I found myself thinking about my favourite Christmas film. Now, I know most people would say White Christmas or It's a Wonderful Life, and indeed, these are great - but no, my fave film is The Santa Clause!

                  It's about a slightly rubbish dad, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) who becomes Santa after the previous one falls off his roof (The 'clause' being that he has to take over). Cue Scott getting fat, growing a white beard, being able to talk to reindeers and so on, but being in total denial that he is Santa. His ex-wife is remarried and they don't get along, so this causes a lot of conflict over their son, who of course loves his dad being Santa. It means he doesn't see his son for a while due to custody battles. There's some greedy reindeers, elves and lead elf Bernard is quite a sarcastic elf.

                  I don't want to give the ending away, but of course, it's heartwarming and everyone discovers the true meaning of Christmas, which is absolutely key in any Christmas film.

                  It is really quite funny, mostly thanks to Tim Allen, but it is genuinely nice at the end. I always watch this wrapping presents, with the Christmas tree lights on, and I have never failed to shed a tear. Yes, it's predictable, but all Christmas films are. That's what I like about them! I think kids and adults will both like this film, there's some slapstick for the kids, and some in jokes for the grown-ups.

                  I just really enjoy it and never fail to watch it each year.

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                  28.05.2009 23:55
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                  Harmless fun for all the family

                  I bought this DVD for Christmas, but have just got around to watching it. I think that if you were to watch this at Christmas, it would be better, but it was still enjoyable none the less. The basic story is that Santa falls off Scott Calvin's (played by Tim Allen) roof, so Scott is obliged to take over Santas role. Scott is not too keen on this, but ultimatley agrees for the sake of Christmas. The suits develops him further and further into the Santa role and Scott failed to fully understand the responsibility before taking the suit on. Without going into the story any further as to spoil it, Scott must carry out Santas duties and spread a little Christmas Spirit to those who have lost the feeling. The other notable characters are Scott's ex-wife played by Wendy Crewson and Scotts son Charlie played by Eric Lloyd, Charlie's stepfather Neil, who doesn't believe in Santa, played by Judge Reinhold There are loads of cool elves as to be expected from a Santa movie.
                  the Santa Clause is a family friendly film, but does have a few plot holes and not very much depth apart from the regular Christmas "Be good to eachother" message. It is fun and does not take itself too seriously.
                  There are some ok extras on the disc such as the documentary "So You Wanna Be An Elf?" and some small clip shows where the elves do some cooking for Santa. The film is best watched when in the Christmas mood as during the season of good will, you are more likely to forgive its faults. Still fun and harmless though.

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                    A great dvd for the whole family.

                    The Santa Clause is a great entertaining film to put the whole family in the festive mood. The film has some good laughs and it is a fantastic feel good film.

                    In the film, a toy executive is please to have his son with him for Christmas but the child isn't happy. However, Santa falls off the roof and Scott takes his place to earn some respect from his son. The next morning, he thinks it is all a dream but then he is called to the North Pole and has to deal with his ex who thinks he is messing with his son's mind.

                    The cast does and great job and deliver the laughs. The story is very simple and easy to understand so everyone will be able to watch. The picture and sound quality is great. It will entertain the whole family and will make you relax. It will put you in the festive mood and can be watched every year and it will still be entertaining.

                    The DVD contains no extras.

                    Overall, this is a great film to put you in the festive mood. It will entertain the whole family with a simple plot and some great laughs.

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                      For Christmas entertainment only

                      Scott Calvin works for a toy firm while struggling with his ex-wife for custody of his son, Charlie. When Charlie comes to spend Christmas with him, Scott is reluctant to join in with the Christmas spirit. Then on Christmas Eve he accidentally kills Santa by knocking him off the roof, and, by wearing Santa's clothes, immediately enters into a contract to replace him. But after an evening of delivering presents with Charlie, Scott puts it all down to a dream...until the next year when he suddenly puts on weight and begins to resemble Santa Claus. Will he accept that he is now Santa Claus and the responsiblities that go along with it?

                      Although this is very far from the type of film I would usually watch - I like horrors and thrillers - there is something about the run up to Christmas that makes me want to watch something frivolous and light-hearted. And Tim Allen really is great as Scott/Santa. Although he is not as wonderfully sarcastic as he is in Home Improvement, for example, he does bring some gentle humour to the role, and somehow manages to make the role seem convincing - provided you're willing to let it, of course! His change of appearance during the course of the film is quite amazing - he starts off looking like an ordinary man, but ends up looking like a real Santa! He is ably assisted by Eric Lloyd, who plays Charlie. I often find child actors annoying, but Lloyd manages to play it cute, without being too over the top.

                      Judge Reinhold is also good as Charlie's stepfather,Dr Neil Miller. A psychologist, he is always quick to score points off Scott, particularly where Charlie is concerned. Reinhold is smug enough to be the bad guy, but does it with enough humour to be entertaining rather than irritating. His on-screen wife and Charlie's mother, played by Wendy Crewson, is less appealing - she doesn't do anything wrong, but she is a fairly dull character, constantly wanting to think the worst of her ex-husband.

                      The wonderful Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond) has a brief role as Scott's boss - I would have loved to have seen more of him. Finally, David Krumholtz, who plays Bernard (stress on the second syllable in the American way!) the Elf and Paige Tamada, who plays Judy the Elf deserve a mention - if only because they look so sweet! I can only imagine the fun they must have had making the film.

                      This is a Disney film and it feels like one from start to finish. The moral message is there - good will always win over evil and those who tell the truth will always prevail. However, it isn't too in your face, and although sometimes sickly sweet, the magical atmosphere more than makes up for it. The film was made in 1994, and so the special effects occasionally look a bit fake, but on the whole, they are more than good enough to do the job required. Tim Allen's transformation is particularly good - I honestly thought he must have gained huge amounts of weight for the role, but apparently that is not the case.

                      This is a Christmas film aimed at children and adults who want a bit of Christmas fun - it is therefore not going to appeal to everyone. It certainly does get very silly at times, and I don't think I could watch it more than once a year, if that often. However, for some light-hearted entertainment around Christmas when you are prepared to let your hair down, you can't really go that far wrong with this. I'm looking forward to when my niece is old enough to appreciate it - then I've got a valid excuse to watch it! I suppose some very young children may be upset by the old Santa dying at the beginning of the film, but this is obviously something for parents to judge.

                      There are some special features on the DVD along with the film that will no doubt keep children occupied for an extra half hour or so. The first is a training day for Santa's elves, run by Bernard the Elf. Then there is an interactive game, which involves pressing the arrow keys on the remote control to drop Christmas gifts for children. For those who like making things, someone called Wolfgang helps a group of children make Christmas snacks, such as cookies and cocoa - my only gripe with this is that the ingredients aren't listed in the feature, and it is necessary to click through to a separate page to find out what ingredients are needed. Thankfully, there is a warning for children not to cook without adult supervision - much as I think children should be allowed to be creative, I wouldn't want them set loose in my kitchen! Finally, there is a sneak preview of The Santa Clause 2.

                      This isn't a film for the 'bah humbug' type, but I think most other adults and children will find something to enjoy in it, provided that they are prepared to suspend disbelief and enter into the Christmas atmosphere while watching. I don't think I will ever be adding it to my DVD collection - I can borrow it from my mum when I want to watch it, and no doubt it will be on television before much longer anyway - but I did enjoy it and definitely recommend it to anyone wanting some Christmas spirit.

                      The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99, including free delivery.

                      Classification: U

                      Running time: 97 minutes

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                        great seasonal comedy and fantasy in one

                        This film is a great family film; even a scrooge would enjoy it. The main star is Tim Allen and has two following films to look out for called The Santa Clause 2 and The Escape Clause. both fantastic too by the way. This film is written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick and directed by John Pasquin.

                        Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin a city worker in advertising that is always breaking promises. One year on Christmas Eve he accidently kills santa clause. He then finds a card in Santa's coat that says he must put the coat on if something happens to him. The story then takes off into a magical fantasy that will have you laughing for the rest of the film. In the film Scott Calvin has a son, Charlie played by a great little actor called Eric Lloyd and an Elf called Bernard played by David Krumholtz, both are play big roles in the film.

                        I don't want to give the story away but you follow Scott Calvin learning to be Santa Claus and the rules and changes he must follow and make. This really is a film worth watching and I can't really think of any complaints to tell you about.

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                          16.10.2008 12:52
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                          Great family entertainment

                          October to January is all christmas christmas christmas in our house!(I blame the shops!) When I 'bargained' with my daughter and told her that if she was a good girl in the supermarket she could pick a film to watch when we returned home! Well I hadnt 'bargained' on the christmas selection being so readily available but begrudgingly took it to the till. What can I say?? the shopping didnt get put away til the end of the film ha ha ! I was transfixed and believed in christams all over again! The story starts with Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) a father with little time for his son finding himself having a christmas visit with his son, typically burning christmas dinner and wanting to get his son asleep asap! Well 'there arose a clatter!' (you need to see the film to appreciate this) and wasnt it father christmas right there on their roof! Santa falls off the roof and Scott Calvin (with Santa Clause initials lol) finds himself having to follow his son onto the roof , meeting the reeindeers and putting on the santa outfit! From this moment events unravel and the 'non - believer' BECOMES father christmas. The ex wife and her new husband obviously think that hes gone mad as you can imagine and the story takes a few twists with the police looking for him etc .. My daughter loved the story too by the way especially The North Pole and seeing where all her toys are made! Great 'feel good' family christmas fun. Definately one to watch with the family on a lazy sunday afternoon whilst wrapping presents !

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                            13.08.2008 17:22
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                            great christmas movie, dont miss it

                            What a great christmas film. This film stars Tim Allen, an unlikely santa claus you'd think, but boy does he surprise me, i loved him as santa claus.

                            This story is all about a guy, scott calvin played by tim allen who is a divorced guy, who works alot and doesnt spend alot of time with his kid. One christmas his kid is made to stay with him, and it is on the faithful night, that Scott calvin, hears a noise and goes to investigate only to find the real santa on his roof. He startles santa, and he falls to the ground, you then see scott calvin putting on the santa suit that is left, and this is where things start to change, scott gets fatter, grows a beard, and before you know is looks alot like santa claus.

                            This is a really delightful film, and one that sees the relationship between scott and his son develop, it is full of humour and he plays the part very well. The film is well directed and i found the story really interesting and i wasnt at all bored

                            This is great christmas movie, it will delight the young and the old

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                            Tim Allen makes an impressive screen debut in Disney's well-written seasonal film The Santa Clause. Divorced toy company executive Scott Calvin is pleased to have his son Charlie for Christmas, though the boy himself isn't happy about it. But when Santa Claus accidentally topples off the roof of the house and falls with a thud in the snow, Scott finds himself taking the merry old elf's place and earning new respect in his son's eyes. When the night ends, the reindeer take them to the North Pole, and Scott discovers that by donning the fabled red suit, he's inadvertently agreed to become the next Santa Claus. The next morning he wakes up in his own bed and thinks it's all a dream--but Charlie remembers it with crystal clarity. Scott now has to deal with his suspicious ex-wife (Wendy Crewson) and her psychiatrist boyfriend (Judge Reinhold), who both think he's playing tricks with Charlie's mind, and also with his own out-of-control body, which is putting on weight and growing a prodigious beard. The Santa Clause probably won't supplant It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street as anyone's favourite Christmas viewing, but it's an enjoyable, straightforward family film, anchored by the affable charisma of Allen. --Bret Fetzer

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