Get Santa is a great new holiday movie with a decidedly British sense of humor about it.
Santa Clause is in big trouble! A few days before Christmas while testing out a new sleigh he crashes it! His head is boggled, his reindeer are on the loose in London so he is stranded – which doesn’t bode well for the children on Christmas Day.
Lucky for him, a kid named Tom discovers Santa sleeping in his family’s garage. Santa tries to rescue his reindeer from the impound and ends up fingerprinted and locked up. It’s okay though, little Tom decides that he and his dad Steve need to help Get Santa outta London and back to the North Pole!
Get Santa is a good family movie because it is a comedy for the adults and the children. Putting Kris Kringle in jail is definitely the humor for the adults. The father son duo out on the town helping Santa and saving Christmas is for the kids.
Jim Broadbent is a great Santa for the circumstances of the film. He’s jolly and looks the part but there is a twinkle in his eye that suggests Santa is in on the jokes while in prison. The rag tag group of prisoners and parolees that end up helping Mr. Claus are a nice and original change. They are gruff and tough but friendly and you won’t find the curmudgeon who learns the meaning of Christmas cliche in Get Santa, thankfully.
Christopher Smith‘s holiday film is a nice addition to the genre. Get Santa is not completely original nor is it extraordinary but it is sweet without being saccharine and appropriate for kids without seeming lazy.