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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Playing Jack Frost as an evil cross between Liza Minnelli and Liberace, Martin Short is a welcome presence, but this tired series continues drawing from its bag of bland gags and dumb slapstick.

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Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who doubles as Santa Claus, has settled into his home at the North Pole with his new wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell), and is preparing for another Christmas when he receives a visitor -- Jack Frost (Martin Short), the cold-weather sprite who has been sent to help out St. Nick by Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle) after making a scene at a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures. However, while Jack is supposed to acting as an assistant to Santa, he has a habit of making things go haywire, and as it happens this is no mistake -- Jack is hoping that an exasperated Santa will quit his position so Jack can take over and finally have a holiday he can bend to his will. Meanwhile, Scott has invited Carol's parents, Bud (Alan Arkin) and Sylvia (Ann-Margaret), over for a long-promised visit, but since he needs to keep his other identity a secret, he and his elves are forced to go to great lengths to convince them that they're actually in Northern Canada. Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, and Spencer Breslin also reprise their roles from the first two Santa Clause films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Edward Decter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2007
Box Office: $84.4M
Runtime:
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Cast

Tim Allen
as Santa/Scott Calvin
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Mrs. Claus/Carol
Martin Short
as Jack Frost
Judge Reinhold
as Neil Miller
Alan Arkin
as Bud Newman
Liliana Mumy
as Lucy Miller
Ann-Margret
as Sylvia Newman
Peter Boyle
as Father Time
Art LaFleur
as Tooth Fairy
Tim Dougherty
as Masonry Elf
Darian Bryant
as Worker Elf No.2
Art La Fleur
as Tooth Fairy
Cameron Monaghan
as Traffic Cop No.1
Ryan Heinke
as Traffic Cop No.2
Elizabeth Small
as Baker Elf
Brittney Rippeon
as Elfette Dancer
Emily Blair
as Elfette Dancer
Jordan Felix
as Elfette Dancer
Michael Dorn
as Sandman
Courtney Soren
as Elfette Dancer
Eric Lloyd
as Charlie
Jay Thomas
as Easter Bunny
Charlie Stewart
as Dr. Hismus
Chantel Valdivieso
as Worker Elf No.1
Andrew Vo
as Elf No.4
Wendy Crewson
as Laura Miller
Alec Plotkin
as Engineer Elf No.1
Tony Bustamante
as Fireman Elf
Brittany Bhagia
as Elfette Dancer
Alana Brady
as Elfette Dancer
Kristen Fukuto
as Elfette Dancer
Caitlin Moravek
as Elfette Dancer
Aisha Tyler
as Mother Nature
Eshe Imani Gibbs
as Elfette Dancer
Alexandria Kessinger
as Elfette Dancer
Kindra Reyling
as Elfette Dancer
Ridge Canipe
as Elf No.2
Kate Emerick
as Elf No.3
Tom Hornof
as Security Guard
Zach Mills
as Carpenter Elf
Eric Plotkin
as Engineer Elf No.2
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Critic Reviews for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (21)

Frost turns the occasion into a swag-saturated consumer orgy, which the film condemns even as it hams up product placement for Red Bull.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

You've got to hand it to director Michael Lembeck... he's succeeded in persuading studio bosses to let him make not one but two sequels from premises that were dead in the water from the word go.

Full Review… | November 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie is more cute than funny. Smiles are plentiful, but outright laughs are widely scattered.

November 18, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This Styrofoam snowman of a sequel overdoses on its own candy-cane-colored sugary cheer.

Full Review… | November 8, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Magical (if mindless) family holiday fun.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

You look at a movie like this and wonder how some screenwriters can have the temerity to go on strike

Full Review… | December 5, 2007
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

The nice present of Martin Short, don't change the fact of The Santa Clause 3 be an unnecessary and tired movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

Cheesy crap that is a waste of christmas

DreamExtractor
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

A real, painfully forced entry. It takes on the old alternate reality scenario. Jack Frost wants to steal Santa's limelight by becoming Santa. In this offering the human drama is sidelined, and is the simple getting on with the in-laws shtick. There's really not a lot to like here, as it all just feels like a quick cheap installment. The plot seems rushed and lazy. The focus of the first two was Allen's relationship with his son, which is now completely gone. There's nothing in here that excites as much as the second, nor warms the heart or makes you laugh like the first.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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