Watch Santa with Muscles
- 1 hr 37 min
Santa with Muscles is a 1996 American Christmas comedy film that stars Hulk Hogan, Don Stark, and Robin Curtis. The movie revolves around Blake Thorn, a wealthy, narcissistic, and ruthless businessman who suffers a bout of amnesia after a fall from his roof while trying to escape the police. Thorn, still dressed from a charity event as Santa Claus, gets confused, wandering the streets until he stumbles on an orphanage housing kids who are about to be evicted.
Mistaken for the orphanage's new Santa Claus, Thorn (Hulk Hogan) takes on the role and the kids immediately win over his heart, changing his perspective on his selfish lifestyle. Teaming up with the orphans and the beautiful Dr. Sarah (Robin Curtis), Blake must fight against the corrupt businessman Ebner Frost (Ed Begley Jr.), who plans on demolishing the orphanage to use the land for his own profitable purpose.
As Thorn falls more in love with the orphanage children, he transforms himself into a real-life superhero, with his bodyguards and the orphans joining his quest. The group unearths Ebner Frost's horrible plans and, in the classic Christmas spirit, come together to save the day. The movie combines several Christmas movie tropes, including redemption, love, charity, and the coming-together of a ragtag group of people to save the day.
The film's lead actor, Hulk Hogan, brings his unique acting style to this film, making the transformation of his character from ruthless businessman to Santa Claus believable. Although not his best performance, Hogan manages to remain true to his character throughout the film. Robin Curtis, who plays Dr. Sarah, the love interest of Hogan's character, also gives a credible performance, showing her nurturing character's caring nature for the orphans. Don Stark, who plays Lenny, Hogan's character's right-hand man, delivers a few comical lines and adds light-heartedness to the film.
The script, although predictable, is straightforward and uses Christmas elements to keep the story light-hearted and fun. The film's plot is formulaic, but it's the well-executed twists and turns that keep it engaging. The Christmas theme is well woven into the movie, with the soundtrack and holiday decor contributing to the film's seasonal tone.
One of the film's strengths is its strong cast of supporting actors. The orphans, played by Garrett Morris, Aria Noelle Curzon, Adam Wylie, Mila Kunis, and others, all deliver comical, heartwarming, and innocent performances that take the movie to a higher level. They are the reason why Hogan's transformation from selfish to selfless is believable.
Attempts to add layers to the characters' emotions by incorporating Thorn's isolation and the orphans' bleak future, adding a reasonable counterbalance to the film's comedic tone. The movie's main message is one of the standard themes of most Christmas movies, which is charity, forgiveness, and unity.
The cinematography and set design perfectly convey the Christmas theme, from the decorated Christmas tree to the gifts under it, to the children's excitement as they eagerly await their presents. The cinematography captures the holiday spirit in a fun and charming manner.
In conclusion, Santa with Muscles is a formulaic Christmas movie that is entertaining and ideal for family viewing during the holiday season. Hogan, though not an actor of great range, manages to captivate the audience throughout the film, delivering a performance that showcases his abilities. The orphans provide a heartwarming contrast to Hogan's rough exterior, making their interactions and joint mission entertaining and believable. The film's messages of charity, redemption, and unity are beautifully highlighted and come together in a heartwarming ending. If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted Christmas movie to enjoy with your family, Santa with Muscles is a perfect choice.
Santa with Muscles is a 1996 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 2.6.