|The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Starring: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd, Spencer Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Alan Arkin, Martin Short
Director: Michael Lembeck
Opens November 3
The Pitch: Santa (Allen) is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost (Short) from taking over Christmas.
The Buzz: The first film was legitimately enjoyable, the second one had its moments, but the funniest joke here appears to be the one in the title. The trailer is 100% laugh-free. David Krumholtz – formerly known as Bernard the Elf – should be sending his agent a solid gold Mercedes this Christmas for getting him “Numb3rs” and keeping him far, far away from this picture.
Trailer Highlight: As Santa is my witness, the only highlights are the clips from the first two films. It’s really that unfunny. Example: a kid tells Jack Frost to “just chill,” and he howls, “I invented chill!” Ughhhhhh.
Bottom Line: Awful awful awful. Count on a solid opening weekend, but, God willing, word of mouth on the playground will kill the flick quickly after that. Even the under-10 set should have better taste than to accept this.
Official Web Site: http://www.santaclause3.com/