The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause (DVD $249, VCD $40) As much as I like the idea of watching the Jimmy Stewart classic It's A Wonderful Life with my children this Christmas Eve, I have to admit that, even though the new colourisation may appeal to them, at ages two and four they may yet find the themes going a little over their heads. So my dream Christmas ritual will have to wait a while longer. But Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause is a Christmas film that any family will be able to enjoy together. Golden Globe-winning comedian Tim Allen reprises his role as Scott Calvin, who has been Santa Clause for the past eight years - and a very good one, too, in the elves' estimation. But this year, Scott's son, Charlie, has landed on the list of those who've been naughty. This is cause enough for embarrassment for Santa. What's worse is that the elves now tell Scott about 'The Mrs Clause' in his contract: he has to get married by Christmas Eve or stop being Santa forever. So Scott leaves the North Pole to try to find a mate, accompanied by loyal elves and reindeer. In the process, he loses his Santa trademarks: white hair, beard and jolly girth. Meanwhile, back at the North Pole, Scott's stand-in Santa (a robotic clone he made to keep things running while he was away) starts stirring things up. So Scott has to not only find a wife, but get back in time to save the holidays. The consensus of reviews is that this sequel isn't as funny as its predecessor, The Santa Clause. But many parents will think it's funny enough, and be grateful for the film in any event. It offers laughs for the whole family - and a comic, up-beat alternative to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the like.