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.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

  • Directors: Amy Heckerling
  • Producers: Irving Azoff, Art Linson
  • Writers: Cameron Crowe
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, Robert Romanus, Lana Clarkson, Ray Walston, Forest Whitaker, Nicolas Cage

Stacy Hamilton (Leigh) is a high school freshman who works at Perry’s pizza parlor with the seemingly more sexually experienced Linda Barrett (Cates). Mark Ratner (Backer) also works in the mall, as “assistant to the assistant manager” of the movie theater. His friend Mike Damone (Romanus), who also hangs out at the mall scalping rock concert tickets, believes himself to be both worldly and wise in the ways of women. Stacy’s brother Brad (Reinhold) is a relatively popular, if a bit dorky, senior who works at All-American Burger to buy a blue 1960 Buick LeSabre and only has six more payments left (“Six more payments gentlemen, and this beautiful, blue, four-door, luxury sedan is all mine.”) .[1] Surfer Jeff Spicoli (Penn) hotboxes a Volkswagen Microbus before the final bell rings for the start of a new school year.

The sexually curious Stacy initially hooks up with a much older home stereo salesman, Ron Johnson of Pacific Stereo. He provides her first sexual experiences, but dumps her a few months later, and then Stacy seeks other relationships.

Stacy and nerdy Mark Ratner end up sharing a biology class. Eventually Ratner asks Stacy out and receives pointers from his friend Damone, the scalper. The date goes well despite Ratner forgetting his wallet at home and the tape deck being stolen from his sister’s vehicle during their dinner “at such a fancy place.” They go back to her house where she comes on to him, and he chickens out, leaving her there with nothing but a robe on.

There are several extra scenes only shown on the cable versions. They include

The Santa Clause

  • Directors: John Pasquin
  • Producers: Robert Newmyer, Brian Reilly, Jeffrey Silver
  • Writers: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, David Krumholtz, Peter Boyle

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a divorced father with an insolent son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd). On Christmas Eve, when Charlie is spending the night, they are awakened by a noise on the roof. Going outside to investigate, Scott can see someone on the roof. He yells at the trespasser, which causes the man to fall to the ground. The incapacitated trespasser appears to be Santa Claus. He magically disappears, but his suit remains. They find a business card in a pocket stating that if something should happen to him, someone should put on the suit, climb into the sleigh and the reindeer will take it from there. They find a sleigh and eight reindeer perched atop the house. Scott puts on the Santa suit to please his son, and begins delivering toys from rooftop to rooftop.

Their final stop is the North Pole. The head elf, Bernard (David Krumholtz), shows him an inscription on the card which says that, upon the death of the previous occupant, whoever wears the suit assumes the identity of Santa Claus and all the responsibilities that go with it. This is the “Santa Clause,” as stated by Bernard: “You put on the suit, you’re the big guy.” He also gives Charlie a snow globe.[1]

Charlie helps Scott and the elves perfect a new sled and communication devices. He calls occasionally, but this only reinforces Laura and Neil’s belief that he is being held against his will. Eventually, Scott, as Santa Claus, goes on with his Christmas Eve trip, but is arrested while delivering presents to his son’s home, and is accused of kidnapping Charlie. A team of rescue-elves, the ELFS, free Scott from jail, and fly Scott and Charlie home to his mother and stepfather, to whom Scott/Santa gives the presents they always wanted since childhood but never got: Laura gets a vintage Mystery Date game and Neil gets an Oscar Mayer “Wienie Whistle”. (It was because of Neil’s not getting the Wienie Whistle that he became convinced Santa didn’t exist.) Laura, realizing finally that Scott really is the new Santa, tosses the custody papers into the fireplace and welcomes Scott to come see Charlie any time he wants. Bernard tells Charlie that the snow globe is magic. Anytime he wants his father to visit, all he has to do is shake it. After ten minutes, he shakes it and Scott comes back, says he was off to Cleveland, and takes Charlie with him.

Gremlins

  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Producers: Michael Finnell
  • Writers: Chris Columbus
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
  • Actors: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Dick Miller, Polly Holliday, Judge Reinhold, Keye Luke, Corey Feldman, John Louie, Michael Winslow

The character Randall “Rand” Peltzer is an inventor of modest abilities and questionable success. From the fictional community of Kingston Falls, he travels to Chinatown in New York City to sell his inventions and pick up a present for his son Billy. A young Chinese boy there takes Rand to his grandfather’s small shop, where Rand takes interest in a small cute furry creature called a mogwai (which in Cantonese & Mandarin translates as “ghost”, “devil”, or “demon”). Mr. Wing, the Chinese boy’s grandfather and owner of the shop, refuses to sell the mogwai even when Rand offers US $200 for it. This is money that the Wing family desperately needs, however; therefore Wing’s grandson secretly sells the mogwai to Rand. Though the creature seems innocent enough, the grandson warns Rand that he must not let the mogwai near bright light, especially sunlight, which can kill the mogwai; must not allow water to touch the mogwai; and, most importantly, must never, ever feed it after midnight.

Rand names the creature “Gizmo” and brings him home to his son Billy, a young man who has taken up a job at the bank to provide money for his parents, with whom he lives. He has a dog called Barney whose mischief makes him and Billy the targets of harassment by Ruby Deagle, an elderly woman wielding much financial influence. Billy’s coworker and love interest Kate Beringer, a local bartender, sees directly the misery in the town caused by Mrs. Deagle’s business practices.

At the end of the film, Mr. Wing returns to collect Gizmo to prevent any recurrence of trouble. After giving back the $200 that Rand paid, Mr. Wing observes that while Western society is not ready to properly care for a mogwai, Billy may one day be so. The narrator (Rand) then ends the story warning the audience that there might be a gremlin in their house.

Beverly Hills Cop II

  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Characters, Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr, Story, Eddie Murphy, Robert D Wachs, Screenplay, Larry Ferguson, Warren Skaaren, Uncredited, David Giler, Dennis Klein
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Dean Stockwell, Gil Hill, Gilbert Gottfried, and Paul Reiser

Approximately two years after the original film, Captain (formerly Lieutenant) Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox), Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), and Sergeant John Taggart (John Ashton) are trying to figure out who is behind the “Alphabet Crimes”, a series of mostly high end store robberies distinguished by their monogrammed envelopes with an alphabetical sequence the assailants leave behind. Complicating matters is the new “political” state of the Beverly Hills police, headed by an incompetent new police chief named Harold Lutz (Allen Garfield), who is doing everything he can to stay on Mayor Ted Egan’s (Robert Ridgely) good side. Unimpressed when Rosewood calls the FBI to help solve the case, Lutz holds Bogomil responsible as commanding officer and suspends him, despite Bogomil trying to convince him that Rosewood was only following a hunch, a traditional aspect of police work. Lutz also punishes Taggart and Rosewood by placing them on traffic duty.

On the way home, Bogomil is shot by Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen), the chief henchwoman of Maxwell Dent (Jürgen Prochnow). Finding out about the shooting over a news report, Axel Foley (Murphy) immediately flies out to Beverly Hills (covering his absence from his actual job in Detroit by telling his commanding officer Inspector Todd he was going “deep deep deep DEEP undercover” on the credit card fraud case he had been assigned to) to help find out who shot Bogomil to repay the favor he owes him for saving his job two years ago. Taggert and Rosewood agree to assist Axel because of Lutz’s apparent attempts to find an excuse to get them fired. Posing as an undercover FBI agent to get past Lutz (by convincing his would-be partner Jeffrey in Detroit to pose as Todd to intercept Lutz’s phone call to Todd’s office and convince Lutz that Axel is part of a multi-jurisdictional task force). Axel soon starts making the connection between the robberies and Dent, and has Bogomil’s daughter Jan use her connections as an insurance agent to find out Dent’s financial dealings. Dent is robbing his own businesses to finance firearms deals and is discreetly using his henchman Charles Cain (Dean Stockwell) as the front man for his operations. Bogomil was shot due to being on the right track with his investigation into the case.

At the end of the film Bogomil is chosen by Mayor Egan to replace Lutz as the new Chief of Police, and Axel returns back to Detroit, but not before he gets chewed out by Inspector Todd over the phone, right after Egan called him to congratulate him on allowing Axel to assist them on this case.

Beverly Hills Cop

  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson
  • Writers: Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a young, talented, but extremely reckless Detroit police detective, having been reformed from his hoodlum years. His latest act of attempting to catch crooks through a cigarette smuggling operation goes sour when some uniformed officers show up, questioning their suspicious activity, and earns him the wrath of his boss, Inspector Douglas Todd (Gil Hill).

Axel’s childhood friend and former criminal cohort Mikey Tandino (James Russo), long gone from Detroit, shows up in Axel’s apartment (by breaking in) and tells him he’s working in Beverly Hills, California as a security guard, through the efforts of a mutual friend, Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher). After going out to have a few drinks, both men return drunk to Axel’s apartment, where Axel is knocked cold and Mikey is confronted by two thugs, questioning him about some missing bearer bonds that he had shown Axel earlier. Mikey is then murdered, and after being refused the investigation because of his close personal ties, Foley uses the guise of going to Beverly Hills for a vacation to ascertain the motive and solve the crime.

Foley’s search soon leads him to Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), Mikey’s most recent employer and a respected art dealer who Foley soon begins to suspect is involved in some less-than-respectable activities, including Mikey’s murder. His investigation is hampered, however, by the Beverly Hills Police Department, who is even less enthusiastic about Foley’s crimefighting methods than the Detroit Police Department. As evidence of Maitland’s unsavory activities piles up, Foley eventually convinces his Beverly Hills counterparts to assist him in bringing Maitland to justice.