The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Though it's harmless as family entertainment and has moments of charm, The Santa Clause 2 is also predictable and forgettable.

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Eight years after getting a crash course in the fine art of personifying Christmas, Tim Allen returns as Kris Kringle's replacement in this sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. While Scott Calvin (Allen) initially had mixed feelings when he became the new Santa Claus, after eight years on the job he's come to enjoy being Father Christmas, and he and the Elves are looking forward to another holiday season when things begin going a bit wrong. Scott finds he's becoming less and less "Santa-like," and his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) has become difficult enough to land on the official "Naughty" list. Scott discovers most of his problems stem from an obscure passage in his contract with the North Pole which decrees that he has to find a Mrs. Claus. Scott has little choice but to start dating, but he soon learns that when you're a big guy from the North Pole who lacks conventional employment, single women do not come running. In order to leave him more time to search for a wife, Scott and the Elves create a duplicate Santa to keep an eye on the shop; however, the "other" Santa turns out to be more Naughty than Nice, and in time Scott has to wrestle control of the North Pole away from his doppelganger. Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, and David Krumholtz also reprise their roles from The Santa Clause.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD:
Box Office:
$139,225,854.00
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Cast

Tim Allen
as Scott Calvin
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Carol Newman
Eric Lloyd
as Charlie Calvin
Wendy Crewson
as Laura Miller
Judge Reinhold
as Dr. Neil Miller
Michael Dorn
as Sandman
Gary Jones
as Teacher
Alexander Pollock
as Richie/Elf Tight End
Liliana Mumy
as Lucy Miller
Fred Ewanuick
as Seismic Interpreter
Art LaFleur
as Tooth Fairy
Blu Mankuma
as John Pierce
Aisha Tyler
as Mother Nature
Jay Thomas
as Easter Bunny
Alexandra Purvis
as Danielle
Janne Mortil
as Pamela's Mother
Fred Keating
as Security Guard
Dan Joffre
as C-130 Pilot
Ted Cole
as Teacher
Victor Brandt
as Reindeer
J.B. Bivens
as Engineer
Nicole Leroux
as Teacher
Andrew Stone
as Picardo
Curtis Butchart
as Elf Center
Beverley Elliott
as Female Teacher
D. Neil Mark
as Teacher
Bryce Hodgson
as Engineer Elf No. 2
Charles Payne
as Teacher
Alexander Hoy
as Elf with Kangaroo
Christopher Attadia
as Engineer Elf
Carmen Aquirre
as Spanish Teacher
Jamal Allen
as Elf Quarterback
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Critic Reviews for The Santa Clause 2

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (31)

The scenes in which Fake Santa torments the elves with a toy soldier army are twisted enough to make it worth sticking around through the mawkish courtship.

November 12, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Santa Clause 2 is a barely adequate babysitter for older kids, but I've got to give it thumbs down.

November 5, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A bloated, prefab sequel that gets stuck in the chimney.

November 2, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Has less charm than coal in a stocking.

November 1, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A movie conscious, at every waking moment, of trying to out-do its predecessor.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Variety
Top Critic

If you value your time and money, find an escape clause and avoid seeing this trite, predictable rehash.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Santa Clause 2

½

Being the sequel to one of my favourite Christmas movies, I dreaded that this would tarnish my good memories of the original. But as much as I prepared myself for a suck-fest beyond measure, I quickly came to discover that my fears were unfounded. Sure, the script is about as thick as a ginger bread man, and yes, there's an abundance of random goofing around. But the spirit and joy of the original is still pretty much intact. Santa's workshop remains vibrant with fun activity, and although a few ornaments short of an epic Christmas tree, it's sufficiently entertaining and even touching at times. More with kudos to the cast though, than due to any other element. So for a follow-up with such a weak and skeletal plot, this was far from ho-ho-horrible.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Stupid, but good for completely mindless entertainment. I LOVED the first one as a kid - so strange to see everyone so much older in this one.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

½

Sweet movie for kids, but at many times very dumb and childish.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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