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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. Read critic reviews

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Christmas cheer turns into holiday chaos when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, invites his in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) for a visit and must, simultaneously, contend with Jack Frost's (Martin Short) scheme to take over the North Pole. Scott, his family and Head Elf Curtis must join forces to foil the nefarious plot.

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Tim Allen
Santa Claus, Scott Calvin
Martin Short
Jack Frost
Elizabeth Mitchell
Mrs. Claus, Carol
Wendy Crewson
Laura Miller
Liliana Mumy
Lucy Miller
Judge Reinhold
Dr. Neal Miller
Ann-Margret
Sylvia Newman
Alan Arkin
Bud Newman
Art LaFleur
Tooth Fairy
John Strauss
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Tim Allen
Producer
William W. Wilson III
Executive Producer
Bruce Franklin
Associate Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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  • Dec 20, 2012
    The Santa Clause goes all "It's a Wonderful Life" in its third installment, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Jack Frost, envious of Santa Claus's popularity, tricks Scott Calvin into wishing that he'd never become Santa; giving him a taste of what the world would have been like had he not put on the red suit. The story is just awful; it's lazy, contrived, and flat out ridiculous. And the bland performances from Tim Allen, Martin Short and Elizabeth Mitchell don't help matters. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is an uninspired piece of trite that just recycles material from other, better films.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    The nice present of Martin Short, don't change the fact of The Santa Clause 3 be an unnecessary and tired movie.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    A horrid and unnecessary third installment that is what it sets out to be, a money maker for Tim Allen and Disney in their creativity drained days. Martin Short and some visual sparkle get this film a star, but it should have been much better. And it still is so weird how well he gets along with his ex-wife and her husband and daughter. The family situation there is too unrealistic to even remotely resemble holiday cheer.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Cheesy crap that is a waste of christmas
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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