The Santa Clause

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"What if your dad was Santa Claus?"
  • PG
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.5  (125,964)
  • 57

The Santa Clause is a 1994 comedy-drama film that stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall to his death on Christmas Eve. Although Scott initially thinks it's all just a dream, he soon discovers that he has become the new Santa Claus and must take over the role permanently. The film begins with Scott Calvin, a divorced father who is pretty cynical about Christmas, spending Christmas Eve with his young son Charlie (played by Eric Lloyd). When they hear something on the roof, Scott goes outside to investigate and sees Santa Claus up there. However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when Santa slips and falls off the roof.

As Scott and Charlie try to help Santa, they notice that he has a card that says "If something should happen to me, put on my suit, the Reindeer will know what to do." Scott puts on the suit, and suddenly everything around him starts to change. He and Charlie are magically transported to the North Pole, where they meet Santa's elves and learn that Scott has become the new Santa Claus.

Scott doesn't believe any of this at first and tries to go back home with Charlie. However, he soon realizes that he has gained a lot of weight, that his hair and beard aren't growing normally, and that he has to deliver presents to all the children of the world that night. With the help of the elves and his ex-wife's new husband Neil (played by Judge Reinhold), who is a psychiatrist, Scott begins to accept and embrace his new role as Santa Claus.

Throughout the movie, we see Scott grow into his new identity and become a more caring and giving person. He also has to deal with the challenges that come with being Santa, including the media attention and the fact that not everyone believes in him. Meanwhile, Charlie has to come to terms with the fact that his dad is now Santa Claus and that he won't see him as often as he used to.

The film also has a romantic subplot involving Scott's relationship with Laura (played by Wendy Crewson), a teacher at Charlie's school who initially doesn't believe in the existence of Santa Claus. As Scott spends more time with her and her daughter, he begins to develop feelings for her, but he's not sure how she'll react if she finds out he's Santa Claus.

Overall, The Santa Clause is a heartwarming and entertaining holiday film that explores the themes of family, love, and the true meaning of Christmas. Tim Allen's performance as Scott/Santa is charming and funny, and the supporting cast is also excellent. The movie has become a classic, and it's sure to put a smile on your face and get you in the holiday spirit.

The Santa Clause is a 1994 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 57.

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    1 hr 37 min
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    6.5  (125,964)
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