SINGLE SANTA SEEKS MRS. CLAUS
The plot about Santa being mandated by his job to take a wife was previously conducted in the more high-profile, theatrically released The Santa Clause 2 (2002) a couple of years earlier. Fairly much to expectation, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus is mawkishly sentimental on all counts. Harvey Frosts direction tends to the frequently soft-headed. There is a very silly sequence where Steve Guttenberg teaches Dominic Scott Kay to find his rhythm in playing basketball by banging drums on whatever he can find around the court. The show is overrun by a banal score that turns sleigh bells and carols into orchestral themes.
Moreover, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus lacks any conflict as a story. It is obvious from the outset that Steve Guttenberg and Crystal Bernard are going to end up together. In fact, both parties are attracted to one another early in the show and the rest of the film has to keep contriving reasons to not get them together in order to generate dramatic tension she constantly being asked to go to work by her boss, that she doesnt believe in Santa. Eventually, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus comes out as a thinly disguised parable about Christian belief with the name of Santa substituted for that of Jesus the films ultimate message is about having faith in things one cannot see and about how the happiest thing in life should be a traditional nuclear family. Despite the plot about Steve Guttenberg taking a stance against the commercialism of Christmas, the film contains blatant product plugs for brands like Yahoo and Pizza Hut.
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus casts the role of Santas son with Steve Guttenberg. Steve Guttenberg was an almost star back in the 1980s with films like Police Academy (1984) and sequels, Cocoon (1985) and Short Circuit (1986) but his career nosedived well below the radar in the 1990s and beyond. Guttenberg proves somewhat unnerving when cast as Santa Jr. He has an overenthusiastic style of acting that makes for a backboneless fudge of a character. Moreover, in his pursuit of Crystal Bernard and befriending of her son (Dominic Scott Kay), Guttenberg comes across as an overly needy nice guy who is verging on being a stalker. Indeed, it would not take too much to rewrite Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus as a story about a stalker fixatedly attaching himself to a divorcee and her family.
The sequel, reuniting most of the cast and production personnel of Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus, was Meet the Santas (2005).
Hallmarks other works of genre note are: the sf mini-series White Dwarf (1995), The Canterville Ghost (1996), Gullivers Travels (1996), Harvey (1996), the Christmas musical Mrs Santa Claus (1996), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1996), the childrens horror Shadow Zone: The Undead Express (1996), the medical thriller Terminal (1996), The Odyssey (1997), the cloning thriller The Third Twin (1997), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997), the monster movie Creature (1998), Merlin (1998), the sf film Virtual Obsession (1998), Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999), Alice in Wonderland (1999), Animal Farm (1999), A Christmas Carol (1999), the tv series Farscape (1999-2003), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999), The Magical Land of the Leprechauns (1999), Arabian Nights (2000), the modernised Hamlet (2000), Jason and the Argonauts (2000), Prince Charming (2000), the mini-series The 10th Kingdom (2000) set in an alternate world where fairy-tales are true, the medical thriller Acceptable Risk (2001), The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells (2001), Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001), The Monkey King/The Lost Empire (2001), My Life as a Fairytale: Hans Christian Andersen (2001), Snow White (2001), the series Tales from the Neverending Story (2001), the fantasy adventure Voyage of the Unicorn (2001), the Sherlock Holmes film The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002), Dinotopia (2002), The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002), the Christmas film Mr St. Nick (2002), the Christmas film Santa Jr (2002), Snow Queen (2002), the modernised A Carol Christmas (2003), Children of Dune (2003), the American Indian legends mini-series Dreamkeeper (2003), the childrens monster film Monster Makers (2003), Angel in the Family (2004), A Christmas Carol (2004), Earthsea (2004), Frankenstein (2004), King Solomons Mines (2004), Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (2005), Hercules (2005), the thriller Icon (2005), Mysterious Island (2005), the disaster mini-series Supernova (2005), The Curse of King Tuts Tomb (2006), the disaster mini-series The Final Days of Planet Earth (2006), Merlins Apprentice (2006), the bird flu disaster mini-series Pandemic (2006); the disaster mini-series 10:15 Apocalypse (2006) and the ghost story Something Beneath (2007).
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