Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause

DVD Reviews | Nov 27th, 2007

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Starring Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell Ann-Margret, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Alan Arkin, Spencer Breslin
Written By: Ed Decter
Directed By: Michael Lembeck
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
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I didn’t think we’d see another Santa Claus movie but I guess I was wrong. I enjoyed the first movie a lot and liked to watch it around Christmas time each year. The second Santa Claus movie was okay but seemed to be getting more corny & more kiddie-like (well duh), plus not as good or funny. The third movie is probably the weakest one out of the lot but it still has its moments.

Santa Claus 3 starts out with Mr. and Mrs. Claus expecting their baby. Mrs. Clause wants to spend time with her parents and people that aren’t elf size. Scott/Santa decides to let her parents visit the North Pole but as long as they think the North Pole is Canada. Well I guess it’s the same thing right? Just when things couldn’t get more difficult, Scott’s ex-wife and her husband & daughter visit the North Pole as well. While all this is happening, Santa has to attend a meeting for the Council of Legendary Figures. The meeting is about troublemaker Jack Frost and Frost shows up and tells them how much he wants his own holiday. Jack Frost learns of one way to get what he wants, and that’s the Escape Clause. It’s a plan that reverses everything for Santa, if he decides he never wanted to be Santa Claus in the first place. So Jack Frost decides to go after Santa and take down the Toy Factory so he can have it all for himself & become Santa. Scott Calvin then has to figure out a way to become Santa Claus again before it’s too late.

I didn’t think the world needed another Santa Claus movie but then again, maybe it’s better than crap like Fred Claus. The world needs more movies like Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation and Elf; not mediocre sequels & stupid Vince Vaughn movies. While this movie wasn’t entirely bad or anything, it just wasn’t as good as the previous Santa Claus movies. There’s a lot missing to this movie that made the first two a lot more enjoyable. There’s too much Martin Short to be quite honest. While I think he’s funny with some of his characters, he can be a little bit over the top & extremely annoying with the other characters he does. Jack Frost is one of them. I think Tim Allen has to be a little more picky with the roles he chooses. While this character is interesting, I think it’s time to move on and do something else. Hopefully he’ll do something less-kiddie next time around.

The Santa Claus 3 DVD has some bonus features that are okay, but overall they just aren’t that special. You got the usual Tim Allen bloopers (which are always funny) and a few small featurettes. If you got nothing better to do and want to watch a holiday film, watch the other Santa Claus movies first. If you get really bored, THEN watch this one!

Blooper Reel
Alternate Opening
Jack Frost & Mrs. Claus: A Very Different Look
The New Comedians: On The Set With Tim & Marty
Audio Commentary – Director Michael Lembeck
Creating Movie Magic: Visual Effects Secrets, From The Hall Of Snow Globes To Santa’s Fireplace
Christmas Carol-Oke: Sing Your Favorite Songs Of The Season
Music Video – “Greatest Time Of Year” With Aly & AJ

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color


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Rating: PG
Running Time: 92 minutes
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