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With: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Jahzir Bruno, Julian Dennison, Tyrese Gibson, Judah Lewis, Sunny Suljic, Darlene Love, Malcolm McDowell
Written by: Chris Columbus, Matt Lieberman
Directed by: Chris Columbus
MPAA Rating: PG for mild action/violence and brief language
Running Time: 112
Date: 11/25/2020

The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Santa Claus Is Back in Town

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

At the very end of Netflix's The Christmas Chronicles (2018), which starred Kurt Russell as a waylaid Santa Claus, [Spoiler:] Russell's longtime life-partner Goldie Hawn made a neat little cameo as Mrs. Claus. Now she's back in a lead role in this sequel, which is, happily, just as surprisingly enjoyable as the original. In The Christmas Chronicles 2, Kate (Darby Camp) is bummed about spending Christmas on the beach in Cancun with her mother (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and her mother's new boyfriend Bob (Tyrese Gibson), so she escapes with Bob's nerdy son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unfortunately, they are picked up by a renegade, now-human-sized elf, Belsnickel (Julian Dennison), and deposited at the North Pole. There, they must help Santa and Mrs. Claus defend the village from Belsnickel's evil attacks. Russell and Hawn provide just the right kind of lift for this swift, silly fun.

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