The third entry in this popular series of festive family comedies, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
brings Tim Allen back as Scott Calvin, a man who has to juggle his family life with a dual role as Santa. This time, theres a newborn in the offing, an invite to his in-laws and a house full of people all ready to enjoy the festive season. What could go wrong?
Well naturally things dont quite go to plan, as entering stage left is Martin Short as Jack Frost, who has plans of his own for the Christmas season. Thus, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause sees Scott Calvin and his family continuing to try and keep Christmas on schedule, whilst trying to foil the antics of Mr Frost, sticking closely to the formula thats made this franchise a hit in the process.
Its hardly surprising that theres nothing radically different about The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, but then thats hardly the point. This is a very much an easy holiday crowd-pleaser, that bundles in solid family entertainment and a good number of chuckles across its running time. Its worked for the series before, and it works again here, proving to be a welcome seasonal treat, and a fitting third part of a very family-friendly trilogy. Roll on Christmas! --Jon Foster
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
, the third instalment of the popular Santa Clause
series picks up with Everyman-turned-Santa-Claus Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) just days before Christmas. Not only is toy production behind schedule, but another special delivery is on its way--Scott's wife, Carol/Mrs. Claus (Elizabeth Mitchell) is pregnant. To add to the pressure, Carol's parents are coming for a visit, prompting an emergency make-over for Santa's Village (into a nondescript Canadian town) to protect Scott's true identity. With all this on his mind, Santa is more than happy to let his fellow seasonal icon Jack Frost (Martin Short) step in and help out. But Frost has an ulterior motive: angry over his secondary-figure status and longing to have his own holiday, he tricks Santa into giving up his reign, and Christmas falls into the hands of Frost. Scott, no longer Santa Claus, must decide between resuming his previous life or saving Christmas from the cold-hearted Frost.