On Christmas Eve, divorced dad Scott Calvin and his son discover Santa Claus has fallen off their roof. When Scott takes the reins of the magical sleigh, he finds he is now the new Santa, and must convince a world of disbelievers, including himself.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2016
Some people may not call it this, but for me, "The Santa Clause" is a Christmas favorite. I have seen it at least ten times and it is one of my traditions to watch it at least once during every Christmas season. It's a very funny film, and Tim Allen manages to deliver some of his very best and funniest lines ever, which do not deserve to be spoiled in this comment. It's also a very original and engaging story; a divorced dad must take over the job of Santa after the real Santa falls off his roof, but first his son has to help him warm up to the idea. That being said, I admit that it's not a perfect film (ex: Tim Allen's son is kind of bratty), but for a movie like this I'm willing to settle for less than perfect. Few family films are this funny for kids and adults alike. Tim Allen makes more hilarious wisecracks here than in any other film I have seen him in. Seeing him go from a sarcastic divorced father to a loving Santa Claus is a very touching story, and the concept of a "Santa Clause" (a contract to become Santa) is completely original. If you haven't seen this film, watch it this Christmas. This is a real treat. I have seen it enough times to know, and I still enjoy it every year.
Love this movie. It’s our Christmas tradition movie! This year our 5 year old watched it for the first time and there were maybe 5-6 times that her dad and I gave each other the “uh oh” look about certain topics discussed in the movie that we had forgotten! Divorce, a few swear words, Tim Allen’s sarcastic rude comments, name calling, etc. —just something to be cautious about with young(er) viewers. Still give it a 5 star rating because the movie is a great Christmas movie and even our 5 year old had a tear takeaway and (thankfully) paid no mind to all those things!
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
This movie is great. Tim Allen is hilarious. Great music. And the child actors are really good actors! But...some of the jokes (fat shaming, mean digs at intellect), the innuendos (secretary sitting in married bosses lap), and some of the parenting (telling your child that their ideas are stupid; yelling at children)...don't really age well.
But, for our kids, we just talked about how Scott Calvin was "chosen" by Santa to become a better person. We also told them that the "real" Santa was on vaca in Florida (We were under duress...they got really concerned when Santa fell off the roof).
But the movie is STILL EXTREMELY magical, Santa's palatial workshop, reindeer, elves defying...well...I've probably said too much already. But a GREAT movie.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... "The Santa Clause" is an enjoyable all-time Christmas favorite for the entire family. If you seen the other Santa Clause films the first one is always the best to view. It's very funny and full of holiday cheer. An all star cast including Tim Allen and Eric Lloyd they were outstanding. It was a honor to watch Eric Lloyd and be a part of The Santa Clause series one of our all-time favorite and charming boy actors. The Santa Claus will keep you engaged and get you into the holiday spirit. The story is inspiring and very original. Thanks to John Pasquin, Leo Benvenuti, and Steve Rudnick for bringing the first installment onto film. All kids will love this one. A recommendation and must see every day, every year, every Christmas. One to watch anytime.
I love sharing Christmas movies with my wife and daughters especially ones they haven't seen before. This year, I got to share the Santa Clause with one of my daughters, who just crossed over the magic threshold in life of understanding sarcasm. Other than Home Improvement, this movie is by far the best work Tim Allen has ever done, in my opinion. The dialogue is a little "off" but the story itself and the funny takes on the character are sweet and timeless. If I had to pick a favorite scene, it would have to the introduction to the North Pole...the innocence and soft colors make you think of warmth and comfort. So does that amazing sleigh bed! I have two more daughters to watch this movie for the "first time" with and I can't wait to hear what they say. When I first watched the movie I bought a sleigh bed. My daughter asked me, after the movie, if Santa was hurt during the fall off the roof or if it was just make believe. I hate how they grow up but love being able to have those kinds of moments.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2018
BUT!! Amazon is very cheeky with the time to watch their movies especially these holiday videos! I rented all three of this series and watched it with my first batch of grand kids to come visit, now the second batch is coming over Christmas and I will have to rent all 3 again....You could buy it you say, well my thought is what happens to Amazon they get a greedy offer to sell, or even go out of business (can't see that happening) where would those videos go it something like that happened?? Anyway maybe a 2 week span for holiday videos Amazon???
5.0 out of 5 starsI love the sarcastic comments that Tim Allen makes in the film especially with his ex and her partner...!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2016
This is by far my best Christmas movie... I love the sarcastic comments that Tim Allen makes in the film especially with his ex and her partner...!!! I would recommend this film and it is suitable for all ages as adults will appreciate the humour as well as the kids. If this review was helpful to you, please hit the 'helpful' button.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2013
For me, this is a perfect Christmas film. It struggles towards the end and gets overly whimsical and Tim Allen's son is a bit of a spoilt brat, but that aside, the blend of humour and the "explanation" of how Santa does it all is really good. I used to watch this with my kids when they were younger.
This time round (watched it last night) there were elements I was thinking "whatever" about, as they were way too overly obviously tugging at the heart strings. However, overall, it still felt much more "Christmassy" than a lot of the other so called classic out there.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2012
This is a great Christmas movie. I feel that there aren't as many good traditional Christmas movies as people think, so when new ones are made they often try to venture out a little. (e.g. The Polar Express; the mechanical-ness of the North Pole just didn't work for me.) But I like traditionally festive Christmas movies with work shops, pretty elves and fat Santa Claus. And even though a portion of this movie takes place out of the festive season it is still very very Christmassy! Just the way I like it. And yet it still keeps original story and characters. Tim Allen looks just as Santa should in the end. :) The movie has everything I like and even manages to draw a tear. Definitely watch this movie!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2018
Terrible quality DVD! So disappointed because I love this film and was so excited to be able to watch it this Christmas, but as we’ve sat down to watch it, the picture and sound are breaking up halfway through! Impossible to watch the film fully. And I can’t return it apparently as the item isn’t eligible for returns?? Would really appreciate some advice on this please!
Other than as voice talent for Buzz Lightyear, Santa Clause is without doubt my favourite Tim Allen role.This is a heartwarming film that never fails to make me a little teary-eyed by the end. It's a story of self-discovery and realising what is most important in life; perfect for the festive season. It's brilliant, but doesn't quite make it into the realm of 5* Christmas classics.