Written by Cole the Kid Critic November 20, 2008
PARENT REVIEW: Bad Santa
Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause is missing the warmth and the humor of the previous two films. Frankly, it has a negative feeling to it.
Scott/Santa Claus is behind schedule and his wife Carol is about to give birth to their baby any day. Carol is very unhappy to be without any human "tall people" at the North Pole so they decide to bring her parents up. Her parents are unhappy people who nag and guilt -- and not in a funny way, Carol pouts a lot, and Jack Frost mean spiritedly breaks things. Those elements could be funny but in this case, it is just frustrating. At one point, "Sandman" blows sand in Carol's parents faces to put them to sleep because he couldn't stand to hear them argue -- he's not the only one.
Also, part of the "solution" to the problem involves the 9 year old breaking in and stealing something. I didn't walk out feeling good about the film or like I'd been entertained. For kids 7 and older.