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Santa Claws

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Animal-centric holiday flick has jumbled plot, bad acting.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

The true spirit of Christmas is about being kind to others and helping those who need help.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No real role models here.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of slapstick falls and bumbles and one scary scene wherein Santa has an allergic reaction and needs an EpiPen injection.

Sexy Stuff

Santa says, "Honey, don't touch me there. No, Mrs. Claus, don't!" when Tommy pokes him when he's unconscious.


References to Dirt Devil vacuums and the movie Sharknado.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Santa Claws is a low-budget, poorly acted, and slightly bizarre Christmas flick about trying to prove Santa is real. It's a mostly kid-friendly film with some mild slapstick violence and one random sexual comment by Santa. But, although there's an overarching message about the true meaning of Christmas, it's mostly lost under the jumbled plot and really bad acting.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 7, and 9 year old Written byPenny S. March 3, 2017

Should be a 1 star....

I would have rated this movie a 1 star, but my 4 and 6 year old actually really liked it. The acting is bad, and the scene set-ups in some instances are amateu... Continue reading
Parent Written byClaire W. December 8, 2017

Only for non believers!!!

I watched this with two children who at 10 and 7 still believe. Within 5 mins the Mum says Christmas is was made up by toy companies wanting to make money and a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byYllNvrTkeMeAlveCpprs February 3, 2018

Hilariously bad movie with unlikeable and creepy characters...

The movie starts off in what is supposedly the 80's, when Tommy's mom is a kid, but their house looks modern and no different than it does in the pre... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylittledemon December 24, 2017

gud fur kiddies

good if kids watching are 3-7. other complaints that say it spoils santa are wrong. if you watch the full movie the message is santa is real and you should al... Continue reading

What's the story?

Tommy (Ezra James Colbert) isn't having a jolly holiday season. His mom, Julia (Nicola Lambo), refuses to let him keep his litter of kittens (too much responsibility) or to celebrate Christmas (you need to be self-sufficient and work for what you want). Hoping Santa will come anyway, Tommy leaves him the litter of kittens so he can deliver them to good homes. Unbeknownst to him, Santa (John P. Fowler) is allergic to cats and has a severe reaction to the kittens, making him unable to deliver the presents. In a bid to save Christmas, the kittens jump in Santa's tricked-out sleigh -- which is complete with GPS -- and head out to deliver the presents. Meanwhile, Tommy, along with his Santa-loving neighbor Mr. Bramble (Evan Boymel), have to convince Tommy's mom that Santa really exists.

Is it any good?

SANTA CLAWS is pretty much a big mess right from the start of the movie. The plot is jumbled, the characters are unlikable, the special effects are terrible, and there are obvious mistakes, such as seeing the cameraman in some of the shots. The reason for the mom's lack of Christmas spirit seems to change throughout the movie, making her come across as simply cruel and unlikable. Mr. Bramble is more creepy than bumbling, and Santa is the creepiest of all, with his innuendo and an un-Santa-like whine. There's also a random scene wherein the kittens end up in a little girl's clutches; she beheads dolls and draws scary pictures, which is so brief and bizarre it feels jarringly unnecessary. 

The technology in Santa's sleigh is fun and entertaining, but with so many good Christmas flicks out there, this is one that even animal lovers can safely skip. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the spirit of Christmas. How can you celebrate the holidays without focusing on consumerism?

  • What's your favorite Christmas movie? Why is it your favorite?

  • Santa's sleigh has a lot of modern technology in it to help him deliver presents. What other tools could Santa use to make present delivery even easier? Use your imagination!

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