The Santa Clause
Action/Adventure, Comedy
Television sitcom star Tim Allen made his big screen debut with this light, family-friendly holiday comedy. Allen stars as Scott Calvin, the divorced dad of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and Charlie's psychiatrist stepfather Neal (Judge Reinhold) have informed his son that there is no Santa Claus. While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings them outside, where Scott startles the intruder, who tumbles from the roof. It turns out that there is a Santa after all, and Scott has just accidentally killed him. Because of a legal technicality known as the Santa clause, Scott inherits the jolly old elf's job. As the next year passes, Scott rapidly gains weight, grows a white beard and meets the elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) -- who is the one who really runs the North Pole -- while Charlie regains his Christmas spirit. However, Neal becomes concerned about Scott's sudden change in appearance and insistence that he's Santa, and he forces him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Director John Pasquin previously directed Allen in the TV series Home Improvement and would team with him again for Jungle 2 Jungle (1997).~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide Rated PG .
 
Cast: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd
Produced by: Jeffrey Silver, Robert Newmyer, Brian Reilly
Directed by: John Pasquin
Written by: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
Running time: 1hr 47min
Opens: Nov 11, 1994 Nationwide
Theaters for 12/19/12
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