BECOMING SANTA

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7.21 h 27 min2011PG
Starring Laura Bell Bundy, Jesse Hutch, and Tony Cavalero. Holly introduces her boyfriend to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. What happens to their relationship if he's next in line to be Santa?
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Johnson Management Group, Inc.
Starring
John MerianGary CaseyPeter Fontana
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
David ChildsPhil MooneyTom HartsfieldJack SandersonRoxanne Baker-SarverAdele SaidySandy Hale
Producers
Jeff MyersClaire BrooksTyrone FinchKevin KrupitzerAndrew LongRebecca RienksRebecca Ritchie BrowerJack SandersonLouis Venezia
Studio
Lifetime
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

282 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Bill HalfordReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Have you ever wanted to be Santa?
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this movie was exactly what I was wanting. A visual reference on becoming Santa. Not "playing" but "becoming" Santa. Great footage of the steps our Santa took, the school he went to and the changes he made to his appearance and the field training that solidified his character of Santa Claus. I'll watch this several times over! A great film.
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M William RothReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Challenge me I dare you!!!
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Four out of five too heavy on the romance department for me. The character Jack Frost hated him but over all it was a very good holiday movie
However there are a few which are better in my books which I believe ought to have a sequel or two to. Finding Christmas although heavy in the Romance it had a better cast and chemistry between the cast members and Santa Jr should be another one I loved the comedy in that. Check them out and see what I mean. Now if you're hoping for spoilers?? That's just not me. I give opinions then encourage you to do the same never take what someone else thinks at face value judge for yourself. rather you agree or not with mine doesn't matter yours does. never be afraid to challenge anything or anyone.
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Santa ClausReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing story
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I stumbled into portraying Santa...and saw this documentary weeks into it. It helped inspire me to be more than a fat dude in a red suit. This shows the magic of Santa Claus and that he is real. Love this.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The sweetest movie I've seen in years...
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I'm not sure if "sweet" is the right term to use for this film, it is funny, insightful respectful and kind-hearted... but "sweet" still lingers in my mind.

As a disclaimer, I am also a "Santa" so I can empathize with many of the things that are discussed in this documentary...

But... beyond that... not only does it show the depth of commitment that many "Santas" have for their chosen profession, it shows the kindness that can be brought out in all of us through these mens (and womens) attempts to keep wonder and imagination alive in the world.

Make no mistake, this isn't simply a documentary about a guy trying to become a Santa Claus... Jack Sanderson takes us along on his personal and professional journey with humor and warmth in a way that leaves you laughing and then dabbing your eyes at the sheer joy that you see expressed by both the children and the Santas themselves.

I HIGHLY recommend it... it might become your favorite "get into the spirit" Christmas movie! It sure did it for everyone in my house!

(Warning: Although there is nothing innapropriate, you might want to watch it with adults... little ones (and even not-so-little ones) could be confused by it.)

Stay Jolly!

Santa Cal
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Stan HeckReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just a very uplifting experience
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I just saw this last night. It was a wonderful documentary. (Not for kids however if you know what I mean). This documentary is about how one man becomes Santa Claus. Buy it on Amazon and it will be money well spent.
What I enjoyed about this was it truly does show the good side of humanity. A huge shock was that the film is not snarky. Today many film makers would have made this sarcastic. The Christmas Spirit shines through on almost every frame. In this film we see man deciding to become a Santa for the upcoming holiday season. He goes through training at a "Santa College" and along the way he sees how much "Santa" means to not just children but children of all ages. Buy this movie. Share it with friends. Everybody adult that enjoys Christmas will love this
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BERNARD F. CROWLEYReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Becoming Santa is fascinating
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The daily life of a store Santa looks so simple: little kids sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. What could be easier? But how does one go about handling the little ones who are terrified of Santa? And what about the boys who want toy guns for Christmas when their parents do not approve of such gifts? Or the children who want expensive gifts? How about the children who ask, "Can you bring my Daddy back?" Does Santa need training, and if so, who does it?

Watch Jack Sanderson as he morphs into Santa Claus, buys a personalized Santa suit, and interacts with both adults and children. A fascinating look into the internal preparations of "Becoming Santa."
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MN JonesReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Heartfelt Christmas Present for all who believe!
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How many documentaries can truly "touch" a person in a heartfelt way? A movie that makes the little "Scrooge" in all of us melt away and put a giant smile on your face with a warm feeling in your heart? This movie delivers all that and more! Jack is a wonderful person and makes a great Santa (the kind of Santa I would have loved to see as a child). Watching his journey makes you feel like you're with him at every step. It's engaging, fun, and I didn't find one minute of the film boring. If you love Christmas, this movie is for you. Of course, you may not want to show this to your child unless they know that there are many Santas out there that are his "helpers," but they still report to the Big Guy (wink). This movie is for the child in all of us. Highly, HIGHLY recommended! And Merry Christmas!
7 people found this helpful
C. BrownReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great documentary for all ages
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This movie was not was I was expecting at all. I thought it was going to be a movie not a documentary. Had I really tead the description I probably would not have bought it. However, it was quite interesting and my five year old grandson now knows there are real Santas and how he can actually become one himself. I found the documentary very interesting and after watching this I was not disappointed in the purchase at all. I would recommend this video to anyone who loves Christmas.
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