The Christmas Clause (2008)

Lea Thompson, Andrew Airlie, Rachel Hayward, Doug Abrahams,
The Mrs. Clause is a TV movie starring Lea Thompson, Andrew Airlie, and Rachel Hayward. A stressed out lawyer and mother of three gets her yuletide wish when she wishes to see what her life would be like if she had chosen to pursue...
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5/10 / 10

Lea Thompsom stars as Sophie Kelly is a top-rated lawyer with threekids and a husband that take up all her time. All of her family andwork stress comes to a chaotic halt at the shopping mall, days beforeChristmas, when she sees Santa and wishes for a different life.However, the grass is not always greener as a single, successful lawyerwith her own firm and the most eligible bachelor vying for herattention. Freedom has its price as she realizes the sweet life is notso sweet and must race against time to find the true meaning of familyand love before Christmas Day.

Now I could see why Sophie wanted a different life in this film. Herdaughter are brats and her husband is unemployed. She has a boss thatdoesn't respect working mothers. I find hard to believe that she wouldwant her old life back!

I highly doubt anybody would like this film.

6/10 / 10

Right, well first of all I must admit that I am not a sucker forholiday-themed movies, and especially not Christmas holiday movies,because they are a dime a dozen. However, I still decided to sit downto watch "The Mrs. Clause" (aka "The Christmas Clause") because it hadLea Thompson in it.

It turned out that "The Mrs. Clause" turned out to be better than I hadhoped it would be. And that was because it had a good story whichdidn't really turn out to be all too-Christmassy and sappy. And ithelped that Lea Thompson also really put on a good performance in themovie.

The story is about an over-worked lawyer and a mother of three gets awish at the local mall when she sits down on Santa's lap. Her wish isto have the life of a former friend, and little does she expect thather wish will actually come true. But she finds out that the lavishlifestyle is not all as glamorous as she thought it would be,especially not when it comes at the expense of her former life with herhusband and three children.

Sure, the storyline is something that has been seen before, but it wasstill skillfully delivered to the screen by director George Erschbamer,and that made it worthwhile to sit through this movie and watch it tothe end.

I believe that "The Mrs. Clause" is a movie that will appeal mostly toa female audience. But hey, we shouldn't put movie in boxes. Do give ita chance, even if you are a man (such as myself), you might actuallyturn out to enjoy this Christmas movie.

It is by no means a Christmas classic, but it still turned out to beworth watching and turned out to be an enjoyable movie. However, I daresay that "The Mrs. Clause" is hardly a movie that you will watch morethan a single time.

5 / 10

Nothing Original Here

Lea Thompsom stars as Sophie Kelly is a top-rated lawyer with three kids and a husband that take up all her time. All of her family and work stress comes to a chaotic halt at the shopping mall, days before Christmas, when she sees Santa and wishes for a different life. However, the grass is not always greener as a single, successful lawyer with her own firm and the most eligible bachelor vying for her attention. Freedom has its price as she realizes the sweet life is not so sweet and must race against time to find the true meaning of family and love before Christmas Day.

Now I could see why Sophie wanted a different life in this film. Her daughter are brats and her husband is unemployed. She has a boss that doesn't respect working mothers. I find hard to believe that she would want her old life back!

I highly doubt anybody would like this film.

7 / 10

Lea Thompson holds together a weak film

Known as 'All I want for Christmas' here in the UK this film/TV movie is watchable only for a likable performance from Lea Thompson, and then only just.

Using the tried and tested 'It's a Wonderful Life' trick, this is about a stressed out mother who wishes she could have a seemingly more successful and happier woman's life, only of course to realise that her own life was pretty darn great in the first place.

Lea Thompson shines, but everything else about this film is weak, from script to the acting of the other people involved.

I like Lea Thompson, but this isn't a great festive film.

7 / 10

A Lea Thompson Christmas

I'm glad this aired under the title "The Christmas Clause" as the original is misleading The Mrs. Clause - and I would've been heartbroken not to see Lea Thompson as Mrs. Clause (I can see the outfit now...).

What you have here is a middling Christmas movie. Everything about this film is average. The script, the direction, the acting (except for Lea Thompson, who is not brilliant in this, but better than average).

It looks like the writers and the director were going for a cliché- ridden movie as in one section Lea's character asks the Santa "Stand-In" - "could this be more clichéd?" But after a very short while, cliché- ing clichés falls flat. And though we all know how this story will end, after all, it is a Christmas film, the writer and director drag it out to the point where you're screaming at the telly, "COME ON ALREADY, FINISH THIS THING!"

If you're a Lea Thompson fan and have yet to watch this I say go for it.

I've watched this movie twice now, it didn't get better with age.