Holiday movies fill our hearts with joy. Between Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, It's a Wonderful Lifetime (or Fa La La La Lifetime, if you prefer) and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, there are so many movies and so little time.
To help you, our friends, we have sacrificed by watching as many of these movies as possible and will give you our two cent review. Hopefully this will help you know what you do or do not want to watch.
December 05, 2004
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
Nick (Steve Guttenberg) has to abandon his plan to let fate bring his wife to him because he
must replace his father as Santa Claus on December 26. Ernst, the
right-hand man to several generations of Santas, generates a list of
potential mates. Nick is due to replace his retiring father, and needs a
Mrs. Claus, so Santa’s adviser sends him down to Southern California.
There he meets Beth Sawtelle (Bernard), a workaholic widow whose
advertising job with Andrew West (Calabro) leaves precious little time
for her son, Jake (Dominic Scott Kay). Concealing his identity, Nick
stars in a series of Christmas commercials for the agency as he tries to
make sure Jake and Beth both believe in Santa Claus—no easy task in her
Our Two Cents:
We used to watch this one yearly before so many other better Christmas movies came out. If you haven't seen it, you've got to check this one off your list. It's a classic. As much as we love Steve Guttenberg (especially love him in It Takes Two), this story would make more sense with a younger Nick, maybe someone around 30, even 40, old enough that he's above the average marrying age, but not someone pushing 50. There are things about it to complain about, but overall cute and a funny premise.
This movie does have a sequel (Meet the Santas) where Beth's mother meets Nick's parents--Santa and Mrs. Claus, that is--and honestly, it's okay, but we can't really get over Crystal Bernard's atrocious clip on ponytail. It is worth watching at least once.