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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Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa's got problems--he's even mysteriously losing weight--and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year's "naughty" list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole. But when the substitute institutes some strange redefinitions of naughty and nice--putting Christmas at risk--it's up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas.

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Cast

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

All Critics (114) | 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.

Nov 12, 2002

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

Nov 5, 2002

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

Nov 2, 2002 | Rating: C-

Has less charm than coal in a stocking.

Nov 1, 2002

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

Nov 1, 2002 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

Nov 1, 2002 | Full Review…
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

½

A rather forced sequel at times. I hated this on my initial viewing 8 years ago, as it spat on the memory I had of the original. This year I watched them back to back and it actually played a lot better. The film still has some major issues. Most of all, it can't balance the adult and children's views. The tone is very slapstick and childish. Bernard seems less bitter, and Breslin is boy that shouts rather than acts. He seems to try and copy the mannerisms of his favorite actors. Despite the immature tone, we have a love story which isn't all that interesting. There are some great heartwarming bits, such as the Secret Santa scene, but Allen also comes off as desperate (which his character is) and creepy sometimes. The fake Santa is a great comedic villain, and the fun Allen has with him makes up for the slow romance and seriousness he displays elsewhere. A bit disappointing, but worthwhile over Christmas.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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