BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
The gist: Tim Allen is back as Santa/Scott Calvin in this sequel to find his son is on the naughty list and that he has to get hitched before Christmas, or else the de-Santification process will cause Christmas to be no more. Problem is, while Santa is out wheeling Elizabeth Mitchell as Principal Carol Newman to be the next Mrs. Claus, an evil toy version of Santa is wreaking havoc back at the North Pole.
Naughty or nice: Very nice. It has elves, talking—or rather, murmuring—reindeer, and Tim Allen. What more could you ask for?
Why it gets us in the spirit: A happy feel-good Christmas movie, that reminds us why sometimes we should just believe in good things and true love. And, if you’re really really good, someone will get you Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots when you’re in your thirties.
Magic moment: It’s a toss-up between the scene where SC takes Carol out in a horse-drawn carriage (ride complete with cocoa, blankets, softly falling snow, and romance) and when he makes the mistletoe magically appear above them, right before they kiss. Who could forget a first date like that? Go Santa.
Santa sighting: Pretty much every scene in the movie, though as the de-Santification process wears on, Santa looks less like Santa, and more like Tim Allen.
Accompanying carol: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” makes its appearance more than once, but the best non-Christmas-carol carol is “Naughty Naughty Christmas,” which is playing while Charlie (Eric Lloyd) is defacing school property. That and Molly Shannon rocking out to a Christmas version of Shania’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”
Perfect present for: Anyone who is questioning their faith in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, or The Tooth Fairy (a.k.a. Roy or The Molinator).
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.