|By Mira Harber
Timing is everything, and Santa has a real problem. He
must be married in 28 days, at the stroke of midnight Christmas Day, or
he will cease to be Santa and the happiness of millions of children will
be in jeopardy. What will happen to all those Elves? The 8 Reindeer? Who
will keep track of 'naughty' & nice? As you can see, these are serious
For those of you who may have missed The Santa Clause,
a 1994 film starring Tim Allen as Santa, this is the story. Allen, an unhappy,
divorced, single dad kills Santa by mistake and ends up becoming Santa
himself. He's actually quite good at the job, and life has progressed merrily
up until the point when he finds that if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus by
the deadline, it's all over.
Santa has begun to lose weight, his belt is getting looser
& his beard is looking pretty shaggy. This is serious stuff. On top
of all that, Santa's son has become a bit of a teen-aged delinquent - and
Santa has to try and sort things out with the tough, but beautiful Principal
Newman (Elizabeth Mitchell). Do I hear romance? Can you think of anyone
better to get all those Elves into line but a former school principal?
You'll have to see the movie to find out.
There is a funny Santa Clone sub-plot that provided further
dramatic tension (well, as much as this movie will ever see) and a particularly
delightful addition to the cast of characters is the Board Meeting of Legendary
Characters. The Easter Bunny, Sandman and especially the Tooth Fairy all
have an important part to play in The Santa Clause 2.
This is a delightful little movie that's guaranteed to
bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees it. If you need some Chrismas
cheer, this is the movie for you. Happy Holidays.