Run time: 97 mins
In Theaters: Friday 3rd November 2006
Box Office USA: $84.4M
Box Office Worldwide: $84.5M
Distributed by: Buena Vista
Production compaines: Walt Disney Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 15%
Fresh: 10 Rotten: 55
IMDB: 4.6 / 10
Director: Michael Lembeck
Screenwriter: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Starring: Tim Allen as Santa, Elizabeth Mitchell as Mrs.Clause, Eric Lloyd as Charlie, Judge Reinhold as neil miller, Wendy Crewson as Laura Miller, Martin Short as Jack Frost, Spencer Breslin as Curtis, Liliana Mumy as Lucy Miller, Ann-Margret as Sylvia Newman, Alan Arkin as Bud Newman, Abigail Breslin as Trish, Art LaFleur as Tooth Fairy, Aisha Tyler as Mother Nature, Kevin Pollak as Cupid, Jay Thomas as Easter Bunny, Michael Dorn as Sandman, Peter Boyle as Father Time
Against all odds, the e-happy Santa Clause series is back with a third installment, which involves Santa (Tim Allen) facing off against the Napoleon-complexed Jack Frost (Martin Short), who's got his eyes on the prize of being the supremo wintertime icon. His idea is to take advantage of a rare "escape clause" which lets Santa step down willingly if he says a certain phrase, so Frost can sieze the big red suit. Naturally, trickery is involved. Apparently Jack Frost is a very bad boy. You can tell by the fright wig hairdo.
Eventually Frost gets his way, and the North Pole is turned into an alternate-universe theme park, and everyone below the Arctic Circle is miserable, because Frost-as-Santa doesn't care about making people happy. I'd say it's inspired by It's a Wonderful Life but the shallowness of the last act of the film makes me wonder if the filmmakers didn't have, say, Back to the Future Part II in mind instead. Either way, you've seen this faux dystopia before, and you know full well how it will all end up.
Naturally a variety of subplots abound to fill time that the threadbare plot can't do on its own: Mrs. Claus (no "e"!) is having a baby. And her in-laws (Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret) are coming to visit... only they don't know their daughter is married to Santa. So the elves cover up their ears and everyone pretends they're in Canada. Sadly, this little side plot is as funny as anything else in the film.
Special effects are in abundance, but none of them are very well-produced, much like the film on the whole. Let's all ask Mr. Allen to hang this up while he still has some dignity left. Certainly someone wants to get a Toy Story 3 going, don't they?
The DVD includes outtakes, and that's about it.
Still full of hot air.