Scott Calvin has until Christmas Eve to find a
Mrs. Claus or else he stops being Santa forever.
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Written by Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul,
Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Starring Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd, David Krumholtz, Spencer Breslin, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Art LaFleur
Sequel to 1994's The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause 2 is my personal favorite of Tim Allen's holiday trilogy. Sure, it's predictable and cheesy, but much like the first one, it's got an overabundance of heart and Christmas spirit. Plus, I can't get enough of the ridiculously over-the-top Toy Santa, the hilarious bad guy of the sequel. The organic love story between Scott (Allen) and Carol (Mitchell) is very sweet, even though it's incredibly rushed. There's a lot to enjoy, from the production design of the North Pole to the cheery tone of the entire movie.
Scott Calvin has been Santa for about ten years. In that time, he's loved the job, and the elves love him. But his time as Santa may be over if he doesn't find a wife by Christmas Eve. He's already started to revert back to Scott Calvin, and he's running out of time. Forced to leave the North Pole to take care of business, he leaves the elves in the hands of a bizarre toy clone of himself who quickly becomes a despot and plans to give kids coal for Christmas. It's a hilarious subplot that doesn't distract from the main story of Scott finding love, which he does with his son's cynical principal.
I know this one was panned when it came out, though not nearly as much as the third movie. But I don't care. I enjoy the hell out of these movies every Christmas, because they're hilarious, sweet, and fun for the whole family. I love Tim Allen as Santa Claus, which I still can't believe works.