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(2006), G [PG-G*] (1hr 26min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 2, 3006
78 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), G [PG-G*] -- ...war on Santa.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Santa Frost Productions Inc., Walt Disney Pictures, Boxing Cat Films, Outlaw Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Michael Lembeck
Producer(s): Tim Allen, Bruce Franklin, Robert F. Newmyer, Brian Reilly, Jeffrey Silver, William W. Wilson III
Written by: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Characters: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
Cinematography/Camera: Robbie Greenberg
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: David Finfer
Casting: Joanna Colbert
Production Design: Richard Holland
Art Direction: Greg Berry, Charles Daboub Jr.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Recall from the 2002 The Santa Clause 2 that the usually absent workaholic business man, lousy husband and worse father, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidentally replaced Kris Kringle as Santa Clause, married the local elementary school principal, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell) and persuaded her to relocate to the North Pole with him.

Now the new Santa meets the requirements of the first party and second party as adjudicated per Santa clause 2 -- he is married. And about to be a father again. Carol is pregnant with "Buddy" (after Carol's father) and is hormonally challenged. She is homesick, longs for companionship with "tall people" again and is fed up with Santa, er, Scott never being available for her during the Christmas season, this Christmas season especially. She tells Scott, er, Santa, "I hope you're not delivering when I'm delivering."

Noticing Carol's depression, Scott invites her parents, Bud (Alan Arkin) and Sylvia Newman (Ann-Margaret) to visit his wife for the holiday. Along with the Newmans come Scott's ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson), her new hubby Neil Miller (Judge Reinhold) and their sparkling daughter Lucy (Liliana Mumy). Scott and Laura's son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd) comes too. While Lucy plays a key role in the story, Charlie, who served as a key role in the other Santa Clause films, serves only as connective material with a short performance in this 2006 version.

Bud and Sylvia are not known for being able to keep a secret. So, Scott decides to convince the Newman's Scott's "business" is in Canada rather than the North Pole. A massive project to hide all hint of "North Pole" begins. Under the wise 14-year old supervision of Chief Elf Curtis (Spenser Breslin), all hints of "North Pole" are covered or removed.

Now jealousy raises its ugly head in the form of Jack Frost (Martin Short). Frost is jealous that he does not have his own holiday like Santa. The Council of Legendary Figures is offended. Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle), along with Dan Cupid (Kevin Pollak), Sandman (Michael Dorn, a.k.a, Warf of Star Trek: TNG), the Easter Bunny (Jay Thomas) and the Tooth Fairy (Art LaFleur) put Jack to the test of proving he is worthy to remain on the Council. Jack must make amends "community service." Jack becomes furious and uses the "community service" to implement his plans to oust Scott and take over as the new Santa.

During his disguised attempts to make amends Jack makes his clever moves to sway Santa. Among his smooth deception is sabotage. Havoc slowly begins to replace the finely tuned hum of the toy factory. Soon, Jack moves in on Santa's family as well by trying to woo Sylvia and impress them all with wit and social grace.

As Frost continues his war on Santa, through sci-fi-esque time travel or maybe evil magic, Scott is tricked into renouncing his identity as Santa, thereby enabling Frost to take over under the "escape clause." Frost changes the North Pole into a theme park, complete with a "Rockettes" line of little girls, capitalizing on the commercialism of the modern Christmas holiday. Even the "elfficers" could not stop Frost.

Since this report is being posted on the day after opening day of this film, I will refrain from discussing the plot and story any further.

As a convenience below is a comparative of all three The Santa Clause films. Strange that the PG-rated 1994 version earned a final score of 77 (placing well within the scoring range earned by PG films in the comparative baseline database of 68 to 86 out of 100) while the G-rated 2006 version earned a final score of 78, one point out of 100 above the 1994 version and also well within the scoring range earned by PG films. Twelve years later what was PG is now G. Of other noteworthiness is the 2002 version. It presented the fewest assaults on morality and decency of the three version, earning a true G-equivalent score.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The violence/criminal content of this film was limited to material such as sabotage, entrapment of a child, a rather graphic hit in the face with a shovel and a number of action violence episodes. No matter how innocuous or humorous the violence may seem, viewing violence in and as entertainment can and does increase aggression in the impressionable viewer, can have a desensitizing effect to some degree and plants behavioral templates in the viewer. [1 Cor. 15:33] Likewise, viewing criminal acts can have the same emboldening effect, whether consequences or redemption are presented or not. [Prov. 16:29] For more information on this, see Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit.

Impudence/Hate (I)
While no instances of profanity were noted in this film, a few matters of hateful attitude and arrogance/impudence such as arguing, lying and taking pleasure in bad behaviors can provide some basis for mimicry. [Ps. 12:8]

Sexual Immorality (S)
Some crude humor with a sexual anatomy focus and joking about sexually immoral behaviors appear in this film. Presenting increasingly bold ignominy more frequently to younger and younger audiences every year are a couple of the reasons why our culture has, to whatever degree, suffered a lowering of the threshold of inhibition against lewd thought and behavior [Eph. 4:19] which feeds what the Bible calls pleonexia {pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah}, meaning greedy desire to have more, whether it is to "indulge in every kind of impurity" or an "intro" to such indulgence. Before one starts bellowing "Give me a break!", think in terms beyond the time in the theater and into the years that follow and how what has been viewed can have an unrealized indelible imprint. Did you sniffle when Travis killed Old Yeller? When Bambi's mother was shot? Though these are certainly not matters of the sexual nature, you obviously remember these cinematic events. So will your children remember the few but present matters of crude humor they see and hear in this film, especially ones that require the observer to "fill in the blank."

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
No instances of booze, drinking, drunkenness nor abuse of prescription drugs were noted.

Offense to God (O)
In many ways God condemns adultery. In an attempt to manipulate participants in his diabolical scheme, Frost tries to start an adulterous relationship with the married Sylvia and was very smooth about it with no guilt or shame, a good example of the adulteress in Proverbs 30:20. [Mark 7:21, Hebr. 13:4, Prov. 30:20] Further, Frost makes a claim that "Naughty list people have more fun", suggesting that sin is necessary to have fun. Though sin may be pleasurable, sin grieves the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. And, whether immediate or latent, there are consequences for sin. The consequences may even seem to be unrelated to the sinful behavior. For example, two sons in the Bible were killed due to the sin of their father's failure to discipline them. Also, the consequences may be passed on to the next generation. God is in control.

Murder/Suicide (M)
No murder or suicide was noted.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they [the sinful] have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Prov. 30:20 "This is the way of an adulteress [or adulterer]: S/he eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'"

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it 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, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • sabotage, repeatedly
  • assault
  • entrapment of a child
  • shovel to face
  • reference to an elf toss as a feature of a "theme park"
  • action violence

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • flatulence, three times
  • marital arguing
  • lie to hide location with lies to keep it going
  • lies to manipulate
  • gloating over meanness
  • family fighting
  • teen arrogance at parents
  • fecal humor

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • posterior humor
  • crotch humor
  • sexual innuendo
  • use of little girls in a "Rockettes" routine
  • adult in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • attempts to start an adulterous relationship
  • "Naughty list people have more fun"
  • divorce
  • "magic" to do evil, harm or to control
  • Christmas without Jesus

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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