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The Santa Clause 2

Tim Allen is back in red and white to reprise his role as Scott Calvin in this sequel. This time the divorced father, who was unwittingly forced into taking over Santa's job, discovers his contract has another clause, that may prove even more difficult to fulfill than the last.

Overall Grade: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Release Date: 31 Oct 2002
Run Time: 104
MPAA Rating: G

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In-Depth Review

Tim Allen is back in red and white to reprise his role as Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause 2. Eight years ago, the divorced father took over Santa's job when the jolly old elf toppled off the Calvins' roof and died on the front lawn. Instructed to don the special suit, Scott has since endeared himself to kids around the world.

Now with Christmas less than a month away his biggest worry should be toys, but not this year. His son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) is on the naughty list for defacing school property and his assistant, Curtis (Spencer Breslin) has discovered a new phrase in his contract... the Mrs. Clause.

Typed in tiny white letters on the bottom of his business card, it clearly states he'll have to find a wife before Christmas Eve or lose his job. With the gift making frenzy in full swing, Scott hesitates to leave the North Pole until the de-Santafication process (loss of weight and facial hair) starts to kick in. Making a plastic clone of himself, he leaves his Head Elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) with the duplicate to oversee production lines while he heads south to deal with dating and detentions.

But Scott's plans for a quick trip start to diminish along with his magical powers after a disastrous dinner with a Christmas junkie (Molly Shannon) and a tense visit with the school's principal (Elizabeth Mitchell). Meanwhile, the new Mr. Claus is making some radical changes at the North Pole, threatening the elves and putting the whole holiday season in jeopardy unless Scott can drum up some help in a hurry.

Like Disney's The Santa Clause, this sequel is festooned with holiday fun, special effects and playful elves while staying light on the content issues. A mid-flight scrap between the Santas and some tyrannical acts by the substitute Claus and his army of toy soldiers offer only minor moments of peril.

Although he enjoys unprecedented popularity with children, it's nice to know that like the rest of us, Santa has to balance family life with work demands... a cause that requires more than just a little magic up your sleeve.

Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...

What did Scott Calvin do to liven up the staff Christmas party? Ask your parents or grandparents what their favorite childhood toys or games were.

Because Curtis was afraid of Santa’s reaction, he was reluctant to tell him about the Mrs. Clause. How can procrastination make a problem worse?

Video alternatives

Tim Allen voices the character of Buzz Lightyear in both Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Spencer Breslin stars as a younger version of Bruce Willis in the movie Disney’s The Kid.

Home Video Notes

Home Video Notes: The Santa Clause 2: 10th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 16 October 2012

The Santa Clause 2 releases in a 10th Anniversary Edition with the following bonus extras:

- 7 Deleted Scenes

- Gag reel

- “True Confessions Of The Legendary Figures” - Interviews With Tooth Fairy, Mother Nature, Father Time And Easter Bunny

- Audio Commentary With Michael Lembeck

- Inside The North Pole With Curtis

- Director’s Tour Of Elfsberg

Home Video Notes:The Santa Clause: 3-Movie Collection

Release Date: 16 October 2012

Disney/Buena Vista is releasing this franchise in a 3-disc Blu-ray package includes:

- Blu-ray copies of The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

- Audio commentaries

- Deleted scenes

- Featurettes

- Bloopers

- The Night Before Christmas Short

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