This week we recast Bad Santa, which….wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be. This foul-mouthed little chucklehead of a movie somehow hit on a lot of right notes, but also missed drastically on others. To be honest, neither of us were looking forward to this. Bad Santa has been done to death, but it’s literally the only contemporary Christmas movie available on the streaming services. We had the same problem last year when we recast The Santa Clause, although that is way better of a Christmas movie than Bad Santa. Even just the name of this movie bugs me. It’s just stating the obvious, and it feels like no real thought or creativity was used in coming up with it, and that’s kind of what the tone of the movie is. It just exists. There aren’t any highs or lows, it just sits in the pocket and is weird and vulgar for 90 minutes.
The Santa Clause is this week’s movie. We chose it specifically because there are absolutely zero good Christmas movies available on the streaming services, and I’m pretty sure this proves that.
Despite some pretty solid performances from Tim Allen and David Krumholtz, this movie falls incredibly flat. The premise has a lot of promise, but the direction they decided to go is pretty baffling. Rather than spending screen time on Scott Calvin learning how to become Santa , how to use the Santa Magic and exploring the huge workshop at the North Pole, they thought that time would be better spent having Scott’s coworkers comment on how fat he’s gotten. There is a great Christmas movie in here somewhere, but they completely missed the mark.