While Santa is delivering gifts to an orphanage, a group of orphans who hate Christmas kidnap him sending the holidays and media into a frenzy, and it is up to 8-year-old Mike to rescue Santa and save the day.
Eight-year old Julius lives at an orphanage. Julius is a bit of an outsider, and secretly still believes in Santa Claus. When he is confronted with the fact that Santa Claus may just be the... See full summary »
This dry, wry, sometimes snarky Christmas tale touches buttons from the ridiculous to the very human, neatly and surely.
Several standard American holiday tropes - Santa getting lost before the holiday, kids asking for their parents back, elves who need humans to save the day - are turned on their heads in inimitable Brit-film style. Jim Broadbent does Santa very well. There's a 'Bad Santa' element, Keystone-esque cops and prison guards, and some hilarious farting reindeer.
The simple human story of father and son bonding, of dad and step-dad and mom making peace with each other, is strong enough to be convincing. And heart-warming.
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