Becoming Santa (2011)




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A man decides to re-invent himself (at least for a few weeks) as a right jolly old elf in this documentary from director Jeff Myers. Jack Sanderson is a stocky, middle-aged man who has worked in the film business for years as an actor, producer and personal assistant. However, one year he gets the idea to add something new to his resume -- playing Santa Claus. Sanderson decides to find out what it's like to impersonate Santa for a living, not to mention giving himself a dose of Christmas spirit after losing several close family members. Sanderson grows out his beard, dyes it white, gets a custom-made Santa suit, and goes to Denver for a crash course at the American Events Santa School, where Susen Mesco has been turning ordinary guys into Kris Kringle for years. Diploma in hand, Sanderson lands a few gigs as Santa, ranging from ringing a bell for the Volunteers of America on a New York City street corner to dealing with a train full of fussy kids aboard a "Polar Express" in New Jersey. Along the way, Sanderson learns a lot about the history of Santa Claus and how he took on the image we know today, as well as meeting a number of other Santas and discovering the ups and downs of one of the world's most remarkable seasonal occupations. Becoming Santa received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Becoming Santa

All Critics (5)

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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

The film presents interesting historical information with a great Christmas-y soundtrack, making for a somewhat enjoyable watch.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

It's charming, informative, and, best of all, really funny.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

Illuminating, highly enjoyable. If there is anyone out there who needs your Christmas spirit renewed, rent "Becoming Santa" today.

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
Movie Dearest

Surprisingly hilarious without being too mocking nor too cute.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011

This is a more honest (and certainly less hokey) manifestation of a true Christmas story; the kind that should be added to the spate of annual holiday fare. Like perhaps on a double bill with Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

Full Review… | May 11, 2011

Audience Reviews for Becoming Santa

This documentary was a little uneven, but Jack's story was still eye opening and even touching at times. I also liked learning about some of the history of Santa.

Grant Fitzgerald
Grant Fitzgerald

This is easily one of the greatest documentary films I have EVER watched. While it's not a good idea to let young children watch because... well, because it's pretty obviously not about the "real" Santa... it is a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit and bring back a little of that magic if you've managed to lose it yourself. My mood had increased tenfold by the time this movie was over and I will absolutely be watching it again.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

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