The Santa Clause movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Young children, older children and entire families will love this enjoyable Christmas comedy. The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen and features the humorous story of a father becoming Santa.


On Christmas Eve, a man takes the job of flying around in a sleigh and filling children’s stockings with presents after Santa falls off his roof. However, he soon discovers that by putting on Santa’s hat, he has magically agreed to being the new Santa Claus.

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Movie details

Director: John Pasquin
Cast: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Wendy Crewson, David Krumholtz, Judge Reinhold, Peter Boyle
Writer: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
Release Date (Australia): 24 November 1994
Runtime: 97 minutes/1h 37m
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (G)

The film contains crude humour and fantasy themes that are very mild in impact.

Violence (G)

A character falls off the roof of a house.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains a use of the word “hell”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains a brief and very mild reference to drug use.

Sex (G)

The film contains brief and very mild sexual innuendo.

mpaa rating

PG (for a few crude moments)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s certainly just your typical Santa tale with strengths and flaws, but Tim Allen’s progression into the large and beardy man is plenty of witty fun. Obviously, this family Christmas comedy is light and shouldn’t be taken seriously, so the performances and laughs are mostly forgettable, but don’t edge to lameness either.

Just to be clear, the acting isn’t the big part, but Allen definitely is! The Santa Clause focuses on his character’s hilarious transformation into the new Santa, after the previous one falls off his roof. There’s also fairly logical aspect to the film which also effectively increases its entertainment level.

Families with young kids will also highly appreciate what a holiday-set comedy truly needs: decent pacing, engaging dialogue and touches of humour. The Santa Clause definitely ticks the boxes for those categories, but the approval is much larger for kids than adults. Ignoring some uninteresting moments, the speed is great, but there also could’ve been more humour within all the chatter. It’s nowhere near passing as the greatest holiday film, but it’s always worth seeing on the night before Christmas.

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