The Santa Clause 2

Considering how lame this sequel could have been, The Santa Clause 2 makes for a pleasant holiday diversion. It’s got the familiar smell of Disney marketeering, and more than a few parents will object to this further embellishment of the St. Nick legend, but Tim Allen’s amiable presence provides ample compensation. As a divorced dad who inherited the jolly man’s job in The Santa Clause, Allen now faces another Yuletide challenge. According to the “Missus Clause” in his North Pole contract, he can’t continue to be the real Santa until he gets married. As luck and five credited screenwriters would have it, Allen falls for the Scrooge-y principal (Elizabeth Mitchell) of his son’s school, while a phony, power-hungry duplicate Santa wreaks havoc on the North Pole’s overworked elves. It’s all as sweet as spiced eggnog, with that warmed-over feel of a mandated sequel, but the Christmas spirit does prevail with the sound of sleigh bells and Allen’s rosy-cheeked ho, ho, ho!

Run Time: 105

Rating: G

Year: 2002