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The Santa Clause 2 (2002), G
Analysis Date: November 1, 2002
CAP Score: 93
CAP Influence Density: 0.13

MinMax: -17

The Santa Clause 2 (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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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.)

  • John 6:1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!" Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. [Wow! Jesus fed five thousand men PLUS their wives and children with five loaves of bread and two fishes! With twelve baskets of scraps left over! And that is after healing many, making the deaf hear and the dumb speak. For three days. Who da man!]
  • Prov. 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise [kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of] not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
  • Ex. 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. [Thou shalt not lie.]

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    The Santa Clause 2 (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • young teens breaking and entering into high school to vandalize
  • vandalism (additional)
  • mischief for revenge
  • imprisonment of elves (children)
  • high altitude risk-taking

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • name-calling
  • teen arrogance at father, twice
  • lies to protect secrecy
  • flatulence

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • plastic form of nude human posterior
  • anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • Christmas without Jesus

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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