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The Santa Clause 2 (2002), G
Analysis Date: November 1, 2002
CAP Score: 93
CAP Influence Density: 0.13
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THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 (G) -- I found some really tender and warm moments...
Production: Boxing Cat Films, Outlaw Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution: Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Michael Lembeck
Producer(s): Richard Baker, Rick Messina, James Miller, Robert F. Newmyer, Brian Reilly, Jeffrey Silver, William W. Wilson
Written by/Screenplay: Leonardo Benvenuti, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, Cinco Paul, Steve Rudnick, John J. Strauss
Cinematography/Camera: Adam Greenberg, Craig Haagensen
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: David Finfer, Edward A. Warschilka
Casting: Susan Taylor Brouse, Jackie Burch, Lynne Carrow
Production Design: Tony Burrough
Art Direction: Sandy Cochrane, Sheila Haley, Brentan Harron, Gwendolyn Margetson
Santa Claus, a.k.a., Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has some problems with Christmas this year. Problems at home plus "administrative" problems. Santa's home problems are Charlie (Eric Lloyd), his teenage son grasping for attention. His "administrative" problems are quite serious. Christmas will not happen unless ... whereas, in accordance with the first party and second party as adjudicated per Santa clause 2, Santa gets married. And he has 28 days to find a wife and marry her.
First order of business -- take a leave of absence and deal with the mischief and vandalism Charlie is doing. Charlie seems to be quite upset that he cannot tell everyone about his dad having the greatest job in the world. While all his friends get to "brag" about what their father's do, Charlie must remain silent. Now how can a father deal with that?
Second order of business to be executed concurrent with the first order of business -- find a wife. Candidate after candidate is stricken from the list for whatever reasons until the least likely candidate, school principal Carol Newman (Elizabeth Mitchell) enters the running.
Yes, there are some instances of "Santa magic" in this purely childhood fantasy film. But none of it is used for sinister or evil reasons. Indeed, as in *Mary Poppins* the "magic" could have been angelic. Santa has only so much "magic" that he can take back home with him. When it runs out he is trapped and cannot get back to the North Pole. Because of his completely unselfish heart, Santa uses all his "magic" helping others and becomes trapped away from the North Pole.
What I felt was one of the greatest scenes was when Santa - er - Scott and Carol went to the high school staff Christmas party where everyone was there out of duty or fear of being chided if they didn't show up. Scott saw this and drug a huge bag of gifts out from behind the stage curtain and started handing out gifts. There was a gift for everyone. Special gifts. Special from their childhood. Then the party changed from a waste of time to the best of times for all. Just because Santa was unselfish. Maybe there is a little Jesus in this movie because don't you think that is maybe what Jesus would have done. Isn't that what He did with the fishes and loaves? [Five loaves for five thousand: Matt. 14:14 - 17; Mark 6:34 - 44; Luke 9:10 - 17; John 6:1 - 13. Seven loaves for four thousand: Matt 15:31 - 38, Mark 8:1 - 9]
I believe that is all I will tell you about the story and plot. I found some really tender and warm moments in *The Santa Clause 2* so inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section closely to discern whether you want your kids to see this movie.
A few of the issues itemized in the Findings/Scoring section include teens breaking and entering into their high school to vandalize it by painting a wall in the gym. Charlie also spray paints some hall lockers in the school [Prov. 10:23]. One point that stood out with a purpose about as clear as can be was the up-close shot at a plastic form with low-level detail of a nude human posterior. It was obviously there to get backside humor into this kids show as was the flatulence of the reindeer [Ps. 12:8]. All the elves were clearly children in suits and were imprisoned by a bad "man" [Matt. 18:10]. There were lies to protect secrecy [Ex. 20:16]. And I cannot let this end without giving thunder to, by including it as the final point, the lack of Jesus in this Christmas story. The very name of Christmas is because of Jesus.
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(All accountings of the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves and the feeding of four thousand with seven loaves in the Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John) shown above are accountings of the same events in Jesus' life, just told by different authors. Only the John 6:1 - 13 accounting of the five loaves and fishes will be shown here for brevity.)
*******Food for Daily Thought*******
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