It’s been ten years since Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) put on the red suit the Christmas Eve when he found Santa and his reindeer thumping around on his roof. He’s taken very well to the dream job, and his extended family loves it, too. Lately, things are not as rosy as they might seem. Keeping the town a secret from the evolving technologies of the outside world has become a high security operation, and another elf, Curtis, the Experimental Elf (Spencer Breslin) is in training as an assistant to Bernard the Arch-Elf (David Krumholtz).
Curtis is about as nerdy as a North Pole elf can get. He’s always inventing new things, but when it comes to rules and regulations, he thinks the inhabitants of the North Pole have too lax in their ways, and that things need to tighten up a bit. It is when reading these by-laws he discovers a new clause in the contract Scott had not known of when he became Santa. Scott now has to get married to keep his job. Scott has done well with his little town and is not wanting to do this. A meeting of legendary creatures is called at the North Pole. Attendees are Tooth Fairy (Art LaFleur), Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler), Cupid (Kevin Pollak), Sandman (Michael Dorn) and the Easter Bunny (Jay Thomas). Scott tells them of his new dilemma, and the other legends agree to help him out however they can. He needs all the help he can get, because Christmas is less than a month away. Not only does he need to find a bride, his son Charlie Calvin (Eric LLoyd) is now in high school, and he is on the naughty list.
Charlie has a grudge with the school principal, Carole Newman (Elizabeth Mitchell). Because of a strict budget, she cannot allow for decorations, and the school is lacking cheer. Charlie thinks her to be a cold non-believer like his mother (Wendy Crewson) and stepfather (Judge Reinhold) were when Scott took the job. After Charlie and his girlfriend are busted using graffiti to make his point. Scott leaves the workshop to the elves and a toy/android like Santa to take his place, but leaves Bernard in charge while he looks for his new wife. The more he learns about Carole Newman, the more he likes her, and he thinks she might be the one, but it takes lots of holiday magic to woo her, maybe too much.
While Scott deals with his family and his hunt for romance, Bernard and Curtis are up to their eyes in rules and regulations when the android Santa takes the rule book far too literally, and becomes quite the tyrant. The elves are fearful, and their leader is put under house arrest for dissent. It takes some wild maneuvers to get things back on track, but when it all comes together, it is quite magical, and always fun. While this movie is weaker than its original, it still has its charm, and is best watched with a cup of hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies. Whip some up, and keep warm with this warm family comedy.
I give this film a Musing review of