I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (film)

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus FilmPoster.jpeg
French film poster
Directed by John Shepphird
Produced by Shawn Levy
Steve Jankowski
Jeffrey Schenck
Written by Steve Jankowski & John Shepphird and Mike Sorrentino & Randy Vampotic
Starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse
Eric Jacobs
Connie Sellecca
Corbin Bernsen
Music by David Reynolds
Cinematography Neal Brown
Edited by Geno Foster
Regent Entertainment
Medien Capital Treuhand
Distributed by PAX Television
Regent Entertainment
Release date
  • October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States/Germany
Language English

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is a 2001 made-for-TV family film, based on the classic holiday song of the same name. The movie's tagline was "Christmas is coming, and Santa's a dirty rat." I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus first aired December 9, 2001, on the PAX Network where it aired until 2007. As of 2008, it is shown in the 25 Days of Christmas programming block on Freeform.


Young Justin Carver (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) is having Thanksgiving dinner with his family, only for it to end with the news that his best friend Bobby's (Hannelius) bickering parents are finally deciding to divorce. When he overhears his own parents, Stephanie and David Carver (Sellecca and Bernsen) having a heated argument, Justin retreats to his bedroom. A few minutes later, Justin peeks downstairs, only to see his mother Stephanie locked in a warm, romantic embrace with none other than Santa Claus (his father in a Santa suit). He takes a photo, shows it to Bobby the next day, and then sends it to Mrs. Claus. Fooled by Bobby's own situation with his parents, Justin jumps to the conclusion that his mother is having an affair with Santa. So he decides to behave as badly as possible in an attempt to prevent Santa from coming to his house on Christmas Eve night for him to make off with Justin's mother. The resulting hi-jinks include Justin setting traps and throwing snowballs at a street Santa, and even getting himself in trouble at school. Then, on Christmas Eve, Justin's mother receives a letter from the post office. Inside is the photo, which didn't get sent. In the end, Justin finds out that Santa was his father and apologizes to the street Santa.


  • Dylan and Cole Sprouse as Justin Carver
  • Eric Jacobs as Bobby Becker
  • Connie Sellecca as Stephanie Carver
  • Corbin Bernsen as David Carver
  • Sonny Carl Davis as Santa/Floyd
  • Tony Larimer as Grandpa Irwin
  • David Millbern as Felix Becker
  • Shauna Thompson as Marie Becker
  • Joan Mullaney as Ms. Crumley
  • JJ Neward as Jaine
  • Paul Kierman as Sal Jenkins
  • Caitlin EJ Meyer as Mary Poindexter (as Caitlin Meyer)
  • Jeff Olson as Principal Hoke
  • Frank Gerrish as Sidney


Andy Webb from "The Movie Scene" gave the film two out of five stars and stated: "What this all boils down to is that "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is a misguided movie. It's misguided because the fact it basically debunks Santa Clause means it doesn't have a target audience and those who are young enough to find the jokes funny are the ones who don't need the magic of Christmas spoilt."[1] Justin Oberholtzer from "Freakin' Awesome Network" gave it a D+ and wrote: "It baffles me that it took four men to write this script. How hard is it to knock out such a simple premise? Maybe they were all friends and simply started exchanging ideas for the Santa chases. Those pranks are the only thought put into the film and they become redundant. They try to instill some heart into the film, but it comes off like a cheesy Hallmark card. Which is the best way to describe this film."[2]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds 48% of audience score.[3]


  1. ^ Webb, Andy. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2002)". The Movie Scene. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Oberholtzer, Justin. "Cinemasochist’s Dungeon of Horrors #47: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Freakin' Awesome Network. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 

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