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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
The true spirit of Christmas is about being kind to others and helping those who need help.
Positive Role Models
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Santa says, "Honey, don't touch me there. No, Mrs. Claus, don't!" when Tommy pokes him when he's unconscious.
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Products & Purchases
References to Dirt Devil vacuums and the movie Sharknado.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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