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Get Santa

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Get Santa
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

When six-year-old Tom (Kit Connor) claims he’s found Santa in the garden shed, the boy’s estranged dad Steve (Rafe Spall) fears the worst. But this being a seasonal family movie, it’s actually the real Santa – and he’s in trouble. He’s crashed his new sleigh in a London park, his reindeer are on the loose, and as things stand the kids of the world won’t be getting any presents. It’s a nightmare before Christmas!

Father and son bonding is on the cards as amiable ex-con Steve and bright-eyed Tom set out to save the day after our twinkly St Nicholas (Jim Broadbent) is thrown in jail. A slicker Hollywood treatment would have given these misadventures more punch, but this modest home-grown offering exudes a happy-scrappy charm as it bobbles whimsically along. Younger viewers will be drawn in by the effectively kiddie-centric story, there’s enough sly wit in the margins to engage the grown-ups and the whole thing conveys Christmas cheer without being overly cynical. Maybe, just maybe though, we could have done without the farting reindeer?

Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:U
  • Release date:Friday 5 December 2014
  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Christopher Smith
  • Screenwriter:Christopher Smith
  • Cast:
    • Stephen Graham
    • Warwick Davis
    • Rafe Spall
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