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Santa Baby (2006)

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Mary Class is a highly successful business executive - who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she ... See full summary »

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Mary Class is a highly successful business executive - who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she left behind to take over for her dad and implement her innovative ideas for running Christmas. Written by anonymous

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Santa's daughter is taking over the family business and she's got BIG ideas.

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10 December 2006 (USA)  »

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La fille du Père Noël  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Santa Baby (2006) was a ratings hit for ABC FAMILY, pulling in over 4.7 million viewers during its initial airing, making it, at the time, the most watched original movie developed for the channel. See more »

Goofs

In the first boardroom scene, the date on Grant's PDA reads 10/17/06, even though it is established that the movie begins on the day before Thanksgiving, which would put it on 11/22/06. See more »

Quotes

Mary Class: Dad. I'd tell you what to do with this stocking, but I don't want to end up on the naughty list. Wait. I'm in charge of the naughty list. Here's your stocking. Stuff it.
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Followed by Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009) See more »

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The Man With All the Toys
Composed by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by Brian Wilson
Courtesy of Arista Records
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I rented this.
24 January 2008 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Yup. I rented it. And here are my thoughts.

I'm not sure what the thinking was behind the script and direction, but I really felt like there was a lot of missing back story and overall setup to the film. Former Hugh Heffnerette McCarthy helps keep interest in the film with some solid acting, but the film's direction never allows her to fully exploit the corporate-power-woman act. She almost seems too light hearted to be taken as a hard nosed marketing exec, but nevertheless McCarthy gives it her all.

I'm not sure where this film lost me, but story-wise, I think I must have missed an important plot point somewhere. One moment McCarthy's character is exchanging and setting up a high-powered date with her corporate love interest, and next she's taking her adviser/assistant to the North Pole on a dog sled. No where, and I mean no where, was there any sort of hint or mere suggestion that this woman is the daughter of St. Nick. But maybe it's presumed the viewer already knows the premise of the film? I'm not sure.

In any event, the story skips along, glossing over these minor points, and tosses in some minor gags to alleviate a so-so film. George Wendt was a touch miscast as St. Nick, but has some of the best lines in the film. Even so, he never struck me as being a convincing Santa Claus. Sure, he's got the pot belly, and the beard and mustache, but it's scraggly, and Santa is missing his jolly disposition. It's almost like Wendt is doing the role just to get the cheque.

The core of the story has promise, but the script wasn't developed enough, and the director was forced to work with what he had. Even so, he should've been more inventive. Truth be told one gets the sense that he didn't have the freedom to tinker with the film too much. In the final analysis the work feels like it was a moderately budgeted focus-group film. A film designed to just make enough to cover its cost, and maybe make a little money for the studio.

A lot of thesping is put forth to cover up some rather thin material. Story, plot holes, and so-so slapstick and other schtick almost makeup for a pretty thin film. It's not one I'd see again. On the plus side it's fairly clean, so if you want your kids to see a Playboy Bunny with her clothes on, then rent this film. Otherwise skip it.


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