The Santa Clause (1994)
Directed by John Pasquin
Written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick
Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, David Krumholtz
After he accidentally kills Santa, Scott Calvin (Allen) is inadvertently tabbed to take his place. Now he’s trying to find a way out of his new occupation. Along the way he finds ways to rediscover the magic of the season and gets a new chance to connect with his son.
This Christmas classic was written by Leo Benvenuti (Space Jam) and Steve Rudnick (Kicking & Screaming). The film was directed by John Pasquin (Joe Somebody). The film stars comedian Tim Allen (Toy Story), Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop), Wendy Crewson (The Vow), and David Krumholtz (The Judge).
This isn’t the first film to use the premise of a regular guy becoming Santa. This one takes a fun direction and brings out all of the charm a story like this should have. The fantasy aspects of the world are worked into a series of comedic moments. The more sentimental moments of the film are also nicely woven into the story. The end result if a whimsical story that works nicely for a Christmas movie. The dialogue is fun, and the comedy leads the way throughout this movie.
The acting in this one is also pretty good. Tim Allen leads the way with some really great acting, and a lot of comedic moments. David Krumholtz does a nice job opposite Allen, making his role one of the fun aspects of the movie. Wendy Crewson and Judge Reinhold also give nice performances in this one. There aren’t a lot of standout performances in this movie, but the cast all does a good job.
This is one of those movies that I grew up with. While the special effects might show their age, it’s still a fun movie. The comedy plays nicely, despite being twenty years old. If you’re a fan of the stars in this one, take the time to check it out. This is another movie for the whole family to enjoy at Christmas. I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.