Though the movie starts slowly (frantic, but slow to engage), there are many adorable elements in The Escape Clause.  Martin Short steals the show as Jack Frost, playing that fake, jealous, ambition-driven, half nice/half suck-up character that he’s so good at (Spy Kids, Father of the Bride, The Three Amigos,).  He does a great song-and-dance number at one point that shows off his outrageousness nicely.  And the whole turning-the-North-Pole-into-Canada sub-plot is hilarious.  

The movie is clearly big-budget, too, with hundreds of talented kids in the cast and some special effects that include an amazing, unusual fireplace that accommodates the rotund Santa quite humorously.  There’s also a mysterious room that showcases Santa’s snow-globes, which float in suspended animation amongst snowflakes.  Just beautiful.

Despite its dips and lags in interest here and there, the kids in the screening really enjoyed the movie and said they’d recommend it to others.  For parents, again it’s sad that almost all Christmas movies fill our kids’ heads with Santa and elves and reindeer and sleighs – and even good things like hoping and wishing and helping and family.  But they completely ignore the reason for the season – the celebration of our wonderful Lord.

Granted, it’s difficult to combine Santa and God.  Elvis Presley sort of tried that with his lyrics, “Santa knows we’re all God’s children, and that makes everything right,” but it turned out to be kind of a laughable attempt at a meld.  So, with that caveat in mind, do enjoy yet another year of Hollywood’s mindless holiday entertainment!

AUDIENCE:  Children and adults

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language:  None.
  • Sex & Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  Some comedic violence, as in a man getting hit by shovel, etc.