The Santa Clause 3 / The Escape Clause : 3 of 5
I knew this movie was going to be goofy from the moment I first saw the trailer a few months ago, but since I like seeing holiday movies of almost any kind, my pal Melinda and I decided to go. The good news is that The Santa Clause 3 wasn't as bad as I expected, but the bad news is that they should have stopped with The Santa Clause 2! For me, the charm of the original movie (one of my holiday favorites) is discovering that Santa Claus is a real person, and how his magic can do wonderful things at Christmas. So, when you set the whole movie at the North Pole, and throw in all the silly other legendary characters (like the Easter Bunny and even the Tooth Fairy), it definitely becomes less special. In fact, the whole thing felt like a made for TV movie, or even something that should have been animated in stop-motion! But I have to say, I did have a fun time with the story, especially when Santa and Jack Frost travel back to the moment when Scott Calvin first wears Santa's coat in the original film. Even though Martin Short can be painfully annoying, he actually fits the Jack Frost character perfectly, and I kind of enjoyed his bizarre performance. So, I guess I don't mind too much that Disney is squeezing the last dollar they can from this 1994 hit - I just like watching Christmas movies at Christmas time (but any other time of the year, I would definitely give this a 2 rating)!