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Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Santa Clause 3
Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson,
Spencer Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Martin Short, Ann-Margaret and Alan Arkin

Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 3, 2006 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

Michael Lemback is back directing the third in the series of Santa Clause films. This time he has less to work with than in Santa Clause 2, The Marriage Clause. But then number two was far above average and a delightful film that took ten years after the original before Tim Allen was willing to approve the script.

Part three has crisis as each of the others, this one caused by the ambitious Jack Frost (Martin Short). Just about everyone is back - Elizabeth Mitchell is the same gentle woman Santa married in the last film, Judge Reinhold continues as the bumbling but sensitive shrink and Wendy Crewson returns as the mother of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Liliana Mumy is little Lucy niece of Santa who plays a critical role in saving the North Pole. Added to the cast are Ann-Margaret and Alan Arkin as Carol's parents who are visiting for the holiday.

As Jack Frost creates havoc, Carol, Mrs. Clause is about to have a baby and she misses being with tall people, she misses family at the time of Christmas and as she is about to give birth. Gifts similar to the magic scene in part 2 are about Lucy and her parents as they are transported to the North Pole believing they are headed to Canada.

It's snow globes that bring the danger and the resolution to what appears to be a minor crisis blown up very large. We even see action back twelve years ago in a scene similar to Back To The Future Part II, Allen must fight Short as the original Santa Clause is accepted by Scott Calvin (Allen).

While the action and comedy go on the background is filled with numerous Christmas classic songs that add to the atmosphere.

Even when part three doesn't measure up to part two it is a pleasant journey for kids and sentimental adults who want an early start on the holiday season.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Santa Clause 3 B C+   D C+     C+

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