Desperately Seeking Santa

6.01 h 27 min2011X-RayPG-13
Jennifer is a marketing guru who dreams up the ticket to Christmas sales!
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4.3 out of 5 stars

172 global ratings

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Joseph LaCerraReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Premise
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This Christmas fairy tale uses the erroneous premise that mall management companies are intimately involved with the sales of the stores therein. This is not true. So the basic premise of the story is a fallacy, which cripples the tale. The acting here is pretty stiff and there is little chemistry among any of the characters. Not to mention that the concept of a 'sexy Santa' is just a bit creepy.
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DavidGReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
3.5 Stars For A Sweet Holiday Rom Com
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For me, films like A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's A Wonderful Life are the gold standard of classic 5 star Christmas movies with A Christmas Story and Sleepless in Seattle as the more contemporary 5 star holiday classics. 4 stars go to films like Scrooged, with Bill Murray, films which are flawed but still very, very good. In that context I give Desperately Seeking Santa a solid 3.5 stars. It's heartwarmingly good even if it is not a stellar classic.

The chemistry between Laura Vandervoort and Nick Zano works for me. Vandervoort in particular gives a nicely subtle performance as the corporate Scrooge who's heart is slowly and grudgingly melted. The themes of family and community also work very well for me. Taking care of family and of the people one is responsible for was very much a part of the working class neighborhood I grew up in. The pain of gentrification also rings true as poor and working class communities are pushed aside to make way for more upscale development.

*Spoiler Alert* One thing different about this holiday movie is the lack of fantasy or magical elements. There's no Santa or Christmas angel who works miracles to save the day by wrinkling their nose. Nope, it's an ordinary person finally finding their heart and deciding to do the right thing who begins to turn things around. That's the kind of Christmas miracle we need more of these days.

P.S. For some reason this movie gets a lot of hate in the reviews here. If you like sweet Christmas rom coms you might watch a bit of this one to decide for yourself if you like it or not.

P.P.S Sexy Santa? It's been done and kinda flopped in real life. Back in the 1980s there was a mini-mall in downtown Des Moines that tried a very sexy Santa and Mrs. Claus in skimpy red outfits. I worked nearby and as I recall, people barely noticed them. They certainly didn't raise the kind of ruckus seen in this movie. :)
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AussiesonReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
VERY Hard Pass.
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THE MUSIC...constant teeny bopper, high pitch, baby voice pop music (I often muted the sound & read captions). There’s also not much unfolding of characters, as the stoic female is still uptight in the last scene (quivering chihuahua). The emotionally in-touch guy was out of sync with his body & facial expressions the entire time...sometimes vice versa (like holding back kicks and screams at the dentist). It just wasn’t convincing. Totally uncomfortable to watch. I do want to remember watching this movie. TIP: For a terrific holiday romance/comedy film starring a stoic female character who changes 180°, watch The Family Stone. You'll love seeing all the relationships unfold. The Family Stone did it right.
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JKKReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is only sorta dumb. I love it.
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As far as Christmas Chick Flicks go, this is a fun one. Yes, yes; the tropes are there - but I just found this one very charming. I will say I HATE buying digital movies only but I am unable to find this movie in physical format after several years of trying so I gave in so I could watch it.
In all honesty I do watch Christmas Chick Flicks because they're cheesy and sorta bad, but this one always makes me smile. The acting isn't atrocious (as it sometimes can be!) and both of the leads seem... believable. I mean, they seem like people you could actually meet, instead of "Hallmark Perfect" (note this is NOT a Hallmark movie). I also found a couple of songs in the movie catchy and I even looked for them to buy but heck if I know where to find them or if they even exist outside of the movie at all.
I won't summarize the movie or anything, I'll just say if you enjoy Christmas Chick Flicks and don't mind seeing attractive dudes then this is almost a guarantee for you - go for it!
sanglantReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not even Christmas can save this movie
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I will watch just about anything happy, Christmas romance, but this was really weak. The acting is fine, not great, but OK, however the premise is unappealing . There is a "sexy Santa" competition with a dance routine that really is just awkward. For a goal the leads have to save not one but two beloved local businesses from closing down. There is some nice personal interaction in the middle where the lead actors get to redeem themselves a little before it all falls into the formula of "we've got to wrap this up now so ignore all of the obvious plot holes." I made it through the movie, but I can't really recommend it. There are far better Christmas movies out there. If you are a Nick Zano fan, just watch Love Surreal or Scents and Sensibility. They're not stellar, but they are sweet and genuine. Even repeated viewings of those would be better than this one first run.
L. AdamsReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Comfort food for the holidays
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"Desperately Seeking Santa" follows the Hollywood rom-com formula well. Five stars for that. No spoiler here: the guy gets the girl. "Desperately Seeking Santa" isn't an indie-budget film either. There's a great soundtrack, great indoor cinematography, good dancing sequences and excellent costuming. The acting and casting is decent all around. I thought the film got better after the initial silliness of setting up the sexy Santa premise. Laura Vandervoort, who's done a ton of good television work, is a natural leading lady. If you want an award-winning, thought-provoking movie, this isn't it. If you want to have a family friendly, stress-free, entertaining 90 minutes, this is a good choice.
Tom MReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie. Believable story line
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Good movie. Believable story line, good acting and good dialog. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the ending, which is a consistent complaint for me. Too many of these type of stories end on the kiss. Another 60 seconds of film showing 1 year later, or something like it really does a better job of showing the happily ever after....
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AmaryllisReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Family friendly, LGBTQ inclusive Holiday Romance
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The acting was weak all around. Lack of good scores of music failed to create emotions so a lot of scenes were quietly awkward; I never got the mushy, warm, fuzzy feeling that a good score would invoke. Nick and Laura had good chemistry between them but there wasn't enough screen time to convince me they developed feelings for each other. Poor editing created more telling than showing of character developments. Jen's boyfriend, Neil, and Mr. Hillridge had too much screen time which interfered with character and relationship developments. It wasn't clear who the antagonist was since there were 2 bad guys. There was too much focus on finding Santa in the beginning, that the love story lost focus for a while. There were a lot of cheesy moments that wasn't realistic like the lousy Santa contestants. However, I bumped an extra star because after the climax, the movie found its direction again as Jen discovered what she wanted. It was a good premise and made a decent Holiday movie even though heavily cliched.
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