The Santa Clause

1994 PG 1h 37m DVD

The Santa Clause

1994 PG 1h 37m DVD
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The snow hits the fan when advertising executive Scott Calvin accidentally kills Santa and suddenly finds himself saddled with jolly Saint Nick's job. While initially a Scrooge, Scott eventually becomes a true believer in this merry family comedy.
Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd, David Krumholtz, Mary Gross, Paige Tamada, Peter Boyle, Jayne Eastwood
John Pasquin
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the original Santa Claus takes a fatal, accidental fall (yikes -- Santa dies!). Guns are drawn as Tim Allen's new "Santa" gets arrested by police. There are grown-up (and gross) jokes, and the movie deals with divorce and estrangement between a father and son. While the whole plot revolves around the idea of Santa being real, many characters talk about the fact that he might not be -- so this may not be the best fit for families looking to extend kids' belief in St. Nick.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


The original Santa Claus takes a fatal, accidental pratfall. Guns are drawn as Tim Allen's new "Santa" gets arrested by police.


One distantly off-color joke about whether a sexy grownup has been "naughty" or "nice."

Social Behavior

The religious significance of Christmas takes a big back seat to present-giving and childhood wish-fulfillment.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Vague gag reference to the main character's 1960s drug use.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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