The Santa Clause 2

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The Santa Clause 2:
The Mrs. Clause
Santa Clause 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Produced by Robert F. Newmyer
Brian Reilly
Jeffrey Silver
Written by Don Rhymer
Cinco Paul
Ken Daurio
Ed Decter
John J. Strauss
Based on Characters created 
by Leo Benvenuti
Steve Rudnick
Starring Tim Allen
Eric Lloyd
Elizabeth Mitchell
Judge Reinhold
Wendy Crewson
David Krumholtz
Liliana Mumy
Spencer Breslin
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Edited by David Finfer
Edward A. Warschilka
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release dates
  • November 1, 2002 (2002-11-01)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $65 million[1]
Box office $172,855,065[1]

The Santa Clause 2 (also known as The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause) is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film as well as the sequel to the 1994 film The Santa Clause. It was filmed in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Calgary. All the principal actors from the first film reprise their roles, except for Peter Boyle, who returns portraying a different minor character. According to Box Office Mojo, the film cost around $65 million to make and had domestic (U.S. & Canada) box office receipts approaching $139 million. The film was followed by a sequel, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, made in 2006.

Plot[edit]

Eight years after the first film Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) could not be happier, as he enjoys being Santa and helping the elves with making toys and delivering them on Christmas Eve. One day, Bernard (David Krumholtz) and Curtis (Spencer Breslin), the Keeper of the Handbook of Christmas, break the news that there is another clause (which Curtis overlooked) - the "Mrs. Clause" - which stipulates that only married men can become Santa and that should a single man be subject to the Santa Clause, he must find a bride within eight years of his first assuming the new job as Santa. Which means Santa/Scott now has to get married before the next Christmas Eve, or the clause will be broken and Christmas will die away. At the same time, Abby the Elf (Danielle Woodman) delivers news that is more distressing: his now 16-year-old son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), is on the naughty list. The film then cuts to him one night defacing the walls of the school gymnasium from the skywindow until he is caught by Principal Carol Newman (Elizabeth Mitchell).

Scott must return to his hometown to search for a wife and set things right with Charlie. He even brings this up when visited by the Council of Legendary Figures consisting of Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler), Father Time (Peter Boyle), Cupid (Kevin Pollak), the Easter Bunny (Jay Thomas), the Tooth Fairy (Art LaFleur), and the Sandman (Michael Dorn).

In the meantime, Scott stays with his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and her husband Neil (Judge Reinhold). The two have grown to adore and idolize him simply because he's Santa. They now have a daughter named Lucy (Liliana Mumy), who sees Scott as an uncle figure, but suspects that he's Santa Claus.

To cover for Santa's prolonged absence, Curtis helps him create a life-size toy replica of him, much to Bernard's horror and doubt, and Bernard reluctantly tells the other elves that Santa has simply had a change of looks. At first everything seems to be going okay, until the larger-than-life legalist demands to double check the naughty-nice list. As he cannot find any grace, mercy, or slack in his plastic heart for minor infractions by children all over the world, having followed the handbook too literally and strictly, he thinks that every child in the world, is naughty (just by petty mistakes). Toy Santa takes control of the North Pole, turns it into a strict and evil government, with a duplicated army of life-size toy soldiers, and he plans on giving the entire world lumps of coal. Bernard cracks and exclaims that the Toy Santa is a fake, and Toy Santa immediately puts him under house arrest.

Because of the impending end of his contract, Scott undergoes a "de-Santafication process" which gradually turns him back into Scott Calvin. As Scott, he has a limited amount of magic to help him perform miracles; if he uses up all his magic, then he would no longer be able to return to the North Pole. He attempts to reconcile with Charlie, who keeps vandalizing his school to get attention. They both hit the cold hard wall of Principal Newman when Charlie defaces the lockers.

Charlie confesses to Scott how hard it is for him that Scott is never around like other fathers. Also, he reveals the stress he is under to conceal the secret that his father is Santa. He claims that when other kids get to talk about their dads and their jobs, it hurts because Scott has the best job ever and nobody knows, and that nobody believes in Charlie's father, because of him being Santa. Scott vows to try harder as a dad, and they reconcile.

After a few failed dates, Scott finds himself falling for Carol. He accompanies her in a sleigh via his magic to her school faculty Christmas party, which turns out to be dull and boring. Using a little more of his Christmas magic, he livens it up by presenting everyone with their childhood dream gifts (much like he did for Laura and Neil in the first film). He makes a special presentation to Carol, and, with his last remnant of magic, wins her over and they kiss passionately. At Carol's home, Scott has difficulty explaining to her his life as Santa. However, when Scott explains his reason for dating her as Santa Claus, Carol balks, believing that he is mocking her childhood (where she was teased for believing in Santa), until Charlie later manages to convince her by showing her his magic snow globe.

Curtis flies in to deliver the dreadful news about the Evil Toy Santa's coal binge and urges him to return to the North Pole to save Christmas. Unfortunately, Scott has used up the last of his magic wooing Carol, Comet has eaten too many chocolate bars (since Lucy introduced him to the sweets), and Curtis' jetpack has been destroyed upon arrival. The only method of heading back to the North Pole is for Scott to lose a tooth for the Tooth Fairy; after two failed attempts, Lucy manages to lose one of her baby teeth. After convincing the Tooth Fairy that he is Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy flies Scott and Curtis back to the North Pole but they are captured by the toy soldiers.

Toy Santa wastes no time in tying Scott up with Curtis, but Charlie and a now-believing Carol spring him free by summoning the Tooth Fairy to fly them there after Charlie, purposely, lost a tooth. Scott single-handedly goes after Toy Santa, who has already left with the sleigh filled with coal. Scott takes Chet, a young reindeer-in-training, and they both battle around the reindeer.

With an army of elves, Carol, Bernard, Charlie, and Curtis lead a snowball war (among other tactics) to overthrow the toy soldiers. During the battle, Toy Santa and Scott accidentally causes the sleigh to crash back into the village (as well as crashing on the rest of the toy soldiers). Toy Santa is forcibly restrained by the elves and is reduced to his normal six-inch height.

Carol reconciles with Scott. Scott marries Carol in a ceremony presided over by Mother Nature herself. Upon the newlywed couple kissing, Scott transforms back into Santa, and Christmas proceeds as it always has. He tells Carol they can go on a three month honeymoon of her choice, anywhere but tropical because Santa will not look good in swimwear; she tells him to not return home late.

In addition, Scott allows permission to Charlie to reveal the truth to Lucy that he is Santa Claus. This occurs when Scott stops at Laura and Neil's house. Santa/Scott then heads off to deliver the rest of the toys to the world (with an overweight Comet in the back of the sleigh and Chet taking his place).

In a post-credits scene, Toy Santa is up for sale and seen joyfully dancing on a store shelf with other dancing toy Santas (all are inanimate) who look just like him; he unsuccessfully tries to convince them to dance more elaborate like him.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Original Release Date: November 1, 2002

Critical reception[edit]

The Santa Clause 2 received mixed reviews from critics, garnering a 54% "rotten" critical approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to the 75% "certified fresh" rating of the first film. The site's consensus is that "Though it's harmless as family entertainment and has moments of charm, The Santa Clause 2 is also predictable and forgettable." [2]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and VHS on November 18, 2003. It was re-released as 3-Movie Collection DVD set in 2007 and first released as a 3-Movie Collection Blu-ray set on August 29th, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Santa Clause 2 (2002) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Santa Clause 2 - The Mrs. Clause". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 

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