Yeah, I have a weakness for Anna Kendrick films. I might come on here and praise Joe D’Amoto and Ruggero Deodato, but put on a movie where Anna is singing or triumphing against people who think she isn’t worthwhile and I’m right there beaming. I can admit it. I’m not afraid.
When Noelle Kringle (Kendrick) was a little girl, she grew up with a very special father: Santa. Now, five months after he’s passed on, Noelle’s older brother Nick (Bill Hader) must step into the role.
As Nick begins worrying if he can handle it, Noelle tells him to take a vacation. The only problem is he doesn’t come days before Christmas and the senior elves — Michael Gross is one of them — appoint her cousin Gabriel (Billy Eichner) has to take the job of being Santa.
To save the holiday — yes, this is the theme of every single holiday movie — Noelle must go to Phoenix to find her brother. Luckily, she has the help of her nanny Polly (Shirley MacLaine) and a cute baby reindeer named Snowcone.
Kingsley Ben-Adir is in this as a detective, as well as Julie Hagerty as Mrs. Claus (the woman never seems to age) and the always funny Ron Funches as Mortimer, a singing elf.
Writer and director Marc Lawrence is the man who made both Miss Congeniality movies, as well as Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? Basically, this entire movie was made for my wife.
This is one of the first films available on Disney+. You know, for when you’re not watching Star Wars movies. It’s cute and with a G rating, certainly one you can share with the kids this holiday season.