The Santa Clause 2

  • Directors: Michael Lembeck
  • Producers: Robert F Newmyer, Brian Reilly, Jeffrey Silver
  • Writers: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, John J Strauss
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Spencer Breslin, Liliana Mumy, Danielle Woodman

Eight years have gone by since Scott Calvin first took up the Santa suit, and became subject to The Santa Clause. Now Santa is at the top of his game at the North Pole and could not be happier, at least until Bernard and Curtis, the Keeper of the Handbook of Christmas break the news; there is another clause-the “Mrs. Clause”.

Santa/Scott is now pressed to get married before the next Christmas Eve, or the clause will be broken and Christmas will die away. At the same time, Abby the Elf delivers news that is more distressing; Santa’s own son Charlie is on the naughty list. Scott must return to his home to search for a wife and set things right with Charlie. He even brings this up when visited by the Council of Legendary Figures consisting of Mother Nature, Father Time, Cupid, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman.

To cover for Santa’s prolonged absence, Curtis helps Santa create a life-size toy replica of Santa. However, this larger-than-life legalist cannot find any grace or slack in his plastic heart for minor infractions by children the world over, having followed the Handbook too strictly. Toy Santa takes control of the North Pole with a duplicated army of life-size toy soldiers. He thinks that everyone is naughty, and he plans to give the entire world lumps of coal.

Curtis flies in to deliver the dreadful news about the Evil Toy Santa’s coal binge. However, Scott has used up the last of his magic wooing Carol and Comet has eaten too many chocolate bars. With a little help from the Tooth Fairy, Santa and Curtis return to the North Pole. Toy Santa wastes no time in subduing Scott, but Charlie and a now-believing Carol spring him free by summoning the Tooth Fairy to fly them there. Scott goes after the Toy Santa, who has already left with the sleigh, riding Chet, a reindeer-in-training, and they both crash back into the village. With an army of elves, Bernard, Scott, Carol and Charlie lead a snowball war to overthrow the toy soldiers. Toy Santa is reduced to his normal six-inch height, Carol marries Scott in a ceremony presided over by Mother Nature herself, Scott transforms back to Santa, and Christmas proceeds as it always has. In addition, Charlie and Scott reveal the truth to Lucy, Charlie’s younger half-sister (the daughter of Laura and Neil) about Scott being Santa Claus so she is now in on the secret.

Big Momma s House

  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Producers: David T Friendly, Michael Green, David Higgins, Jeff Kwatinetz, Martin Lawrence, Rodney M Liber, Arnon Milchan
  • Writers: Darryl Quarles, Don Rhymer
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Terrance Howard, Anthony Anderson, Ella Mitchell, Jascha Washington

The film opens in an illegal underground, dogfighting arena in Korea, where an undercover agent, John (Giamatti) has been identified. He is ordered killed by the boss, but is rescued by his undercover colleague and master of disguise, Malcolm Turner (Lawrence). FBI agents storm the place and arrest everyone inside.

Meanwhile, a criminal named Lester Vesco (Howard), who was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery, escapes from prison by killing the doctor and taking his car. Both Malcolm and John are assigned to capture him, and are sent to small-town Cartersville, Georgia to stake out the house of an elderly, southern martriach, Hattie Mae Pierce (known by her friends as “Big Momma”, and played by Ella Mitchell), the grandmother of Lester’s ex-girlfriend, Sherry Pierce (Long), who supposedly aided him in his original bank robbery by giving him the key to the vault. When Big Momma leaves to see her friend for a week, Malcolm and John sneak into her house to plant surveillance and tap the phones. Sherry phones just then, and speaks on the answering machine. Malcolm poses as Big Momma in an attempt to lure Sherry to Big Momma’s house and possibly obtain a confession. The plan works, and Malcolm and John work on a Big Momma disguise for Sherry’s arrival.

A while later, Malcolm, still in Georgia, goes to the church on Sunday to make a testimony while Sherry, Trent, Big Momma and the others are there for a mass. Malcolm delivers a promised speech and he admits that he genuinely loves Sherry and Trent. Big Momma forgives Malcolm with a hug, and the crowd cheers as both Malcolm and Sherry kiss each other. The film ends when Big Momma and the crowd singing “Oh Happy Day” during the closing credits, with Malcolm and Sherry still kissing.