2006 must’ve been a difficult year for Tim Allen. First he starred and produced in that terrible remake of “The Shaggy Dog,” then he worked on an “X-Men” rip-off called, “Zoom,” to put the final nail in the coffin, one of Tim’s iconic roles is his portrayal of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in “The Santa Clause,” followed by a sequel, both were decent. Until “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” nearly destroyed his career. Resulting in a Razzie nominated performance, alongside The Shaggy Dog, Cars and Zoom!
The Santa Clause 3: The Escaped Clause, was released in 2006 (same year Casino Royale came out) worldwide. Unlike it’s predecessors, it received an overwhelming amount of negative reviews from critics. Plus it made enough money at the box office, surpassing the film’s $12 million dollar budget. Not joking, it’s much cheaper than both films combined. As a result of all the negative buzz surrounding the third installment, it earned Razzie nominations at “The 27th Golden Raspberry Awards.”
The following review contains big SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.
Nice & Naughty Elements
Nice: Tim Allen, did a good job on his performance as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
Other Cast Members such as, Judge Reinhold, Elizabeth Mitchell, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, & the late Peter Boyle, all did a good job on their performances.
Martin Short, did a fair job on his portrayal as Jack Frost. He only made me laugh by saying, “I invented chill!”
Oscar nominee, Abigail Breslin, makes a small appearance.
Fun Fact: Both Alan & Abigail, also co-starred together in “Little Miss Sunshine.” Alan went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. By the way, Spencer Breslin is Abigail Breslin’s real life older brother.
Scott said, “I’m gonna make Christmas great again!” Now I understand where Donald Trump made his “Make America Great Again” slogan.
Holiday Figures interacting with Santa, predicted “Rise Of The Guardians.” They first appears in “The Santa Clause 2.”
A Fart Joke managed to give me a chuckle.
The film did a jab on Tom Cruise’s height by calling him petite. “Mission Impossible III” came out the same year as The Santa Clause 3.
Naughty: Where heck is Bernard The Head Elf, from the previous two films? His fate was never mentioned on why he wasn’t around. Spencer Breslin’s character, Curtis, filled in Bernard’s role as The Head Elf.
The In-Laws never got a clue that they were in The North Pole, until the very end. Are they nearsighted like “Mr. Magoo?”
A subplot involving Scott/Santa, inviting his In-Laws, felt unnecessary to stretch the film’s running time. I easily got bored. This was supposed to be a crossover battle with Scott/Santa and Jack Frost.
Besides a fart joke, Martin Short’s “I created chill” line, and making fun of Tom Cruise’s height, The Humor in the last entry, didn’t give me a bunch of laughs. Felt stale, as in expired chocolate chip cookies.
A fake looking Blue Screen Effect. Are you kidding me? Davy Jones’ from “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was more believable! That folks, is what happens when you make a $12 million dollar film resembling a direct-to-video movie!
Nobody notices Jack Frost sabotaging The Motherboard. Hundreds of elves would’ve noticed this! Didn’t they ever learned their lesson from Robo-Santa’s dictatorship or install security cameras, in case something like that would happen in the future!?
After Scott/Santa, & Jack Frost travel back to the past. A text appears as it’s labeled, “Christmas Eve. 12 Years Ago.” Writers of the film, we already know they’re in the past, you don’t have to show a text. Ever heard of show don’t tell?
The Main Conflict doesn’t commence, until The Third Act. It literally takes an hour of exposition involving In-Laws.
Marketing for the film, heavily focused on Jack Frost, going back in time to take Scott’s place as Santa. Turns out it was the old bait and switch tactic, due to around the fact that The In-Laws were stalling time. Gonna have to Double Down this con for believing that this movie was gonna be a satisfying grand finale.
Scott/Santa’s son, Charlie, never served a purpose in the final installment. He never factors in as a prominent character as he did in the first movie.
Jack Frost turns good at the end. Scott/Santa forgives him. Are you kidding me? Jack Frost stole his powers and he’s gonna pretend that the whole conflict never happened in the first place?
The Final Shot, ended with a cheesy Freeze Frame. Whenever I see a Freeze Frame, it makes me want to make fun of this technique.
I’m not gonna lie, Scott/Santa names his newborn son, Buddy. Does Buddy The Elf ring any bells? I think this shoutout felt like a slap to the face. Warner Bros. get yourself a lawyer.
The Final Verdict: D, FOR DELINQUENT!
In my opinion, The Santa Clause 3 was a disasterous grand finale to end a trilogy. If I were you, do not waste your precious spare time with your family members. Trust me, you’re gonna be very irritated from beginning to end. Because of Disney nearly destroying Tim Allen career, and his show “Last Man Standing,” here’s what Green Goblin has to say about Tim’s career.
”In spite of everything you’ve done for them, eventually they will hate you.”