‘I Believe in Santa’ is yet another film with a modern take on ‘The Christmas Carol’ – a woman who hates Christmas falls in love with a man who turns out to be obsessed with it and tries to awaken her holiday spirit.
Directed by Alex Ranarivelo, ‘I Believe in Santa’ has been written by John Ducey and he also plays the protagonist Tom, a lawyer who still believes in Santa and begins dating a cynical writer Lisa (Christina Moore) who is divorced and has a eight-year-old daughter. The makers did have a sweet silly script that could’ve been a nice weekend watch, but the lead couple doesn’t click, even though they are married in real life. Reminds you of Joey’s quote from the sitcom ‘Friends’ about how actors dating in real life usually lack chemistry on the stage.
When Lisa meets Tom for the first time at a July 4th fest, she thinks he is a creep. And John Ducey’s Tom does fit more into the ‘creepy guy who kidnaps kids’ description, than ‘charming lawyer who still believes in Santa’. Fortunately, the film is only 90 minutes long, has pretty Christmas decorations and the adorable Violet McGraw (she was little Nell Crane in ‘Haunting of Hill House’) playing Lisa’s daughter, so it manages to be a bearable campy flick.
It’s a 5/10 from me. Stream it on Netflix if you want to.
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