The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Published December 10, 2022

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Film info

  • Title The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Director Michael Lembeck
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 38m
  • Genres Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Tagline 'Twas the fight before Christmas...

Get ready for a thrilling sleigh ride as the reluctant Santa Claus faces his most chilling and hysterical challenge yet. As Christmas nears, Scott Calvin invites his in-laws to join the festivities. The holidays take a chaotic turn when Scott discovers a way out of his 'Santa Clause' and the mischievous Jack Frost puts the big freeze on Christmas' big cheese! Unless Scott can save the day, it's going to be a very chilly Frostmas at the North Pole and all around the world. Will Scott be able to get his job back in the St. Nick of time?

Live blog

Time Comment
1:25 I knew Spencer Breslin was Abigail’s sister but wasn’t expecting her little baby face to show up!
7:11 “We love you Mrs Claus,” the elves chant creepily.
11:33 I’d go with Frost of July, personally.
15:45 What is the purpose of a reversible sweater vest?
24:59 The efforts to make it look like Canada are hilarious.
29:16 “Woah, trains!” I’d be the same.
40:22 Her maternity jumper is really weird, just a big cut out portion for the bump.
45:02 The Hall of Snowglobes definitely sounds like something from Harry Potter.
49:08 “Ah, but naughty list people have more fun.”
57:07 I knew the snow globe thing was coming but it was still cleverer and more stressful than I thought it would be.
1:03:56 This is like the bad 1985 and I’m not enjoying it.
1:10:51 “I’m gonna kick the coal out of whoever did that.”
1:15:11 I feel like Scott being Santa again shouldn’t remember what happened…


On the surface this is better than the previous film. The graphics were better, naturally, and it has a coherent story that is at least one thing rather than two very different things trying to work together. It lacks from Bernard’s absence, and it really is weird that the in-laws were happy to believe elves were Canadians just because they kept saying ’eh’ a lot.

And then suddenly there was a time travel element, which I sort of loved because you know, time travel, but also just made the rest of it more confusing. So better but also not at all good. Phew, glad to have watched it though.

Rating: 2 / 5

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