After the death of his parents, 10-year-old, Jackson Mayhew (Culkin), moves in with his Aunt. But when he befriends an elderly man (Cronyn), he begins to suspect that the old man is actually Santa Claus.



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Jackson Mayhew, a 10-year-old boy whose parents died in a tragic accident, moves to Florida to live with his aunt Patty, a bartender and aspiring singer who lives and works in a failing hotel. During his summer vacation at the hotel, Jackson meets Sam Clausner, an elderly man with white hair, a white beard and a curious last name. After Jackson spreads a rumor that Sam is Santa Claus, a curious Richard Frangello checks into the hotel. Written by Jwelch5742

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All You Have To Do Is Believe.


Drama | Family | Comedy



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16 December 2001 (USA)  »

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Las vacaciones de Santa Claus  »

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Patty Winslow: What do you say?
Jackson Mayhew: He's lying!
Patty Winslow: I was thinking more along the lines of 'I'm sorry'!
Jackson Mayhew: [to Richard Frangello] "I'm sorry you're lying!"
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Pretty Good!

I Almost did not watch this movie because of a thought that it might be another attempt to take advantage of the "Macaulay Culkin" era! A time when it was believed that a cute kid could make any movie good!

Poor Macaulay might have lost his stardom because of the efforts of Hollywood to push him into many movies TOO quick! Not to mention the intervention of his overbearing father.

LOOKS GOOD FOR RORY THOUGH! Although a bit of his brother's personality is present, enough of his own shines through to give him a glowing opportunity to be whatever he wishes to become.

Oh, by the way, did you guess that I liked this movie? Made me laugh a few times, and that is saying alot!

(NOTICE: Some language may not be acceptable by parents, but does not exceed -->> "Damn & Hell")

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