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Parents' Guide to

The Santa Clause

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Heartwarming holiday tale has some potty humor.

Movie PG 1994 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 11+

Not for kiddos that still believe

I foolishly watched with my kids (who aren't even at the maybe doubtful age) and the whole thing is about telling kids not to believe in Santa. It doesn't really matter how it ends up, just constant reminders that people stop believing. On top of that Tim Allen's character is not funny he is mostly just mean. There is humor for adults, but again, not for kids.
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age 11+


There is way to much talk of not believing in Santa and Santa not being real. Made me uncomfortable the whole time.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (25 ):

The jokes in this movie are just as funny for adults as for kids. The really nice thing about THE SANTA CLAUSE is that it takes its far-out premise all the way to a logical conclusion; there are no cheats or easy outs for Scott Calvin when the biggest job in the world is thrust upon him. Aided by excellent special effects, this likable guy has a slow, whimsical change into St. Nick -- persistent in a disbelieving world -- that is supernatural.

For a Disney fantasy, The Santa Clause is forthright about divorce and its aftermath but doesn't dwell too much on the agony of a broken home. There's pathos enough just in the separation of Scott Calvin from a son who still looks up to him. Commendably, Charlie's new stepdad appears not as an ogre to be defeated but as an OK guy who lost his faith in Santa Claus because he never got the Oscar Meyer Wiener whistle he wanted at age 3 (does that foreshadow the ending or what?). Some parents may be disappointed that this movie overlooks the religious significance of Christmas in favor of present-giving and childhood wish-fulfillment, but the movie ends on an appropriate note of good will and reconciliation.

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