Santa's in Court Again

Jud Tylor and Dean Cain in Defending Santa (2013)

It's Christmas morning and widowed Sheriff, and single dad, Scott Hanson (Dean Cain) has been sent out on a call about an abandoned vehicle. Well he finds the vehicle, nearly crashing into it, but he also finds an old man who looks like Santa Claus face down in the snow. Well 11 months later and after coming out of a coma the old man says he is Kris Kringle (Bill Lewis) which leads to quite a stir in the community and with the local DA wanting to put the old man on trial to disprove who he says he is. New in town is Sarah Walker (Jud Tylor) a lawyer who Scott knows from a few years back when during a trial they shared a kiss and who is charged with defending the old man bringing her to work closely with Scott again.

Sometimes I wonder if the writers of Christmas movies have a big velvet sack containing all the cliches which you find in Christmas movies and just pick a handful out at random to create a new movie. That certainly feels like it could be the case with "Defending Santa" as we have a few old cliches going on from the widowed father who starts to feel something for a young woman to the whole having to prove Kris Kringle is real court case set up. There are other smaller cliches in there as well but the focus is mostly on the romance between Scott and Sarah with her being good with his daughter but then also on the court case of proving who Kris Kringle is with it of course going down to the wire on Christmas Eve.

The trouble is that not once did "Defending Santa" push me in to the Christmas spirit and it just felt like a movie going through the motions, doing the cliches in frankly a cliche manner. It's not just that because with much of the movie being set around Thanksgiving it doesn't even have the Christmassy look which is always something I enjoy in a Christmas movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Defending Santa" might entertain a young teenage audience but for me it just didn't fill me with the seasonal joy I long for from a Christmas movie.

Tags: Santa Claus, Christmas Movies

Movie Recommendations

The Three Gifts

The Three Gifts (2009)

Christmas is coming and Jack (Dean Cain) and Cherie Green (Jean Louisa Kell ...

A Nanny for Christmas

A Nanny for Christmas (2010)

Advertising executive Ally Leeds (Emmanuelle Vaugier) has a promising caree ...

The Case for Christmas

The Case for Christmas (2011)

Santa (George Buza) is already concerned that less and less people are beli ...

A Belle for Christmas

A Belle for Christmas (2014)

Following the death of his wife, lawyer Glenn Barrows (Dean Cain) has start ...

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

With their Santa indisposed, Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) who works for ...

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Having helped out by playing Santa in the Macy's parade Doris Walker (Maure ...

The Boy Who Saved Christmas

The Boy Who Saved Christmas (1998)

Christmas is coming and young Jeremy (Andre Bourque) is excited, constantly ...

Mr. St. Nick

Mr. St. Nick (2002)

As the 100th year of his reign as Santa comes to an end King Nicholas XX (C ...


Snow (2004)

Having taken over the role of Santa from his father, Nick (Tom Cavanagh) fi ...

Christmas Under Wraps

Christmas Under Wraps (2014)

Third year surgical resident Lauren Brunell (Candace Cameron Bure) has her ...

Secret Santa

Secret Santa (1998)

It's Christmas and Gordon (D.L. Green) has promised to take his wife Carla ...

Must Be Santa

Must Be Santa (1999)

After Santa suffers a heart attack when one of the delinquent children spoo ...


Blizzard (2003)

After her best friend Bobby and his family move away, young Jess is left di ...

The Santa Suit

The Santa Suit (2010)

It's Christmas and Drake Hunter (Kevin Sorbo - Prairie Fever) is rubbing hi ...

Stalking Santa

Stalking Santa (2006)

Dr. Lloyd Darrow (Chris Clark) is a "Santologist" who along with his suppor ...

Follow The Movie Scene

Follow The Movie Scene on Twitter Like The Movie Scene on facebook Join The Movie Scene on Gplus Subscribe to The Movie Scene's RSS