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Santa Con (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 13 December 2014 (USA)
Small-time con man Nick DeMarco is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays... and he hates it. Near the end of his first ... See full summary »

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Melissa Joan Hart

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David Breckman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Watson ... Nick DeMarco
Melissa Sagemiller ... Carol Guthrie
Scott Grimes ... John Guthrie
Melissa Joan Hart ... Rose DeMarco
Jaleel White ... Paul Greenberg
Tucker Meek ... Billy Guthrie
Wendy Williams ... Pastor Ruth
Alimi Ballard ... Steve Repperton
John Ratzenberger ... Warden
Matthew Porter ... Walter Banfield
P.J. Marino ... Foreman
Dahn Ballard Dahn Ballard ... Olivia
Andrea Cirie ... Mrs. Stanwyck
Lucy DeVito ... June
Michael Patrick Lane ... Bartender
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Small-time con man Nick DeMarco is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays... and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy, that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary hears this, she is livid and can't believe he would break a little boy's heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching - and with the help of an insightful female pastor - Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy's mother Carol, will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Santa Con See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Melissa Joan Hart and Jaleel White were both on ABC's TGIF sitcoms Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Family Matters. Hart played Sabrina Spellman and White played Steve Urkel. See more »

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References Sophie's Choice (1982) See more »

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Christmas Comes Just Once A Year
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A good movie to watch around the winter holidays
15 December 2018 | by MihaiSorinTomaSee all my reviews

When Nick gets out of jail for good behavior, he is forced to take a job at the mall, dressed up as Santa. As he hastily promises a little boy that his parents will get back together before Christmas, his sister, his conscience and a weird pastor from a local church make him do his best in order to fulfill the boy's wish.

It's a charming Christmas movie which presents a man who only cares about himself and due to circumstance, is about to get on a path of righteousness. We follow him as he struggles to infiltrate into the lives of the boy's parents in his attempt of getting them back together. But will it be enough?

The story depicted is quite interesting. It has depth, complexity and keeps interest. It's mostly unpredictable and it manages to keep suspense until the end. The characters are OK, well described and mostly pleasant to watch. My only complaint here would be the easiness with which most problems are solved. I understand that it is a family movie, but you should at least try to make them seem a bit more realistic, especially when talking about multiple events which have a big impact, but are resolved in a blink of an eye. As a plus though, I was pleasantly surprised by the "surprise" provided by the ending, although a bit superficially treated.

The winter atmosphere together with the characters which compose the story provide a very good time. You get amusement, you get a bit of drama, you also get emotion and it all ends up nicely. I won't say that it's spectacular or something, but it's a very good watch, especially around holidays.


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