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Running Time:
1 hour, 32 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Completely lacking the sense of fun and warmth of the earlier films in the series.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Blooper reel; Alternate opening; Jack Frost & Mrs. Claus: a very different look; The new comedians: on the set with Tim & Marty; Audio commentary - with director Michael Lembeck; Creating movie magic: visual effects secrets, from the hallf of snow globes to Santa's fireplace; Christmas carol-oke: Sing your favorite songs of the season; Music video - "Greatest Time of Year" with Aly & AJ

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Tim Allen once again plays Scott Calvin, aka Santa. Mrs. Clause (Elizabeth Mitchell - TV's "Lost") is expecting a baby and is a hormonal wreck, feeling both homesick and resentful of her husband's workaholism as Christmas Eve approaches. To cheer up his wife, Santa invites her parents, Bud (Alan Arkin "Little Miss Sunshine") and Sylvia (Ann-Margret "Grumpy Old Men"), to spend Christmas with them but unable to reveal his secret identity to the in-laws, disguises the North Pole as a Canadian town, so they won't discover the truth.

At the same time, the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short "Mars Attacks!"), jealous that he does not have a holiday of his own, offends the Council of Legendary Figures headed by Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler "The Santa Clause 2"), that also includes Cupid (Kevin Pollak "A Few Good Men"), the Easter Bunny (Jay Thomas "Mr. Holland's Opus") and Father Time (Peter Boyle - TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"). Under the pretext of doing community service by working alongside Santa's elves, Jack quietly wreaks havoc on Santa's toy-making operation and, eventually, Scott's precarious family life.

There's also a sub-subplot involving Scott's family: his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd "The Santa Clause"), his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson "Eight Below"), her husband Neil (Judge Reinhold "Beverly Hills Cop") and their precocious daughter Lucy (Liliana Mumy "The Santa Clause 2"). Through it all Tim Allen looks silly, tired and bored in his fat suit and beard, while Martin Short as Jack Frost, never stops nipping at your nerves. But most of all this film directed by Michael Lembeck and written by Ed Decter and John J. Strauss, who all collaborated on "The Santa Clause 2," is just not as funny as the earlier Clauses, with a flatulent-reindeer gag being just about as funny as it gets.

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