The Case for Christmas
The Case for Christmas stars Dean Cain and Rachel Blanchard.
When sporting goods manufacturer, Braxton Bennett, underhandedly plots to promote a new item, a replacement for Santa Clause, he gets a big surprise.
Bennett sues Santa Clause because he ruined Christmas by not delivering the toys he wanted for Christmas when he was a boy. Bennett hopes to damage Santa’s reputation with a class action lawsuit so much that people will want to buy his replacement item, Santana Snow.
A court messenger travels to the North Pole to attempt to deliver the court summons to Santa in order to secure the court case. Neither the toy manufacturer nor the court messenger expects to find a jolly old soul living at the North Pole who actually manufactures toys. They hope for a “no show” in court, but Santa excepts the court summons.
Santa, also known as Kris Kringle, searches for an attorney. He hires attorney Michael Sherman to represent him. Thinking the whole thing is a publicity stunt, Michael advises Kris to go home and forget the whole thing. Kris has already met Michael’s daughter, Lillie, who is already convinced that Kris is really Santa Clause. With a little prompting from Lillie, Michael agrees to help Santa.
Michael’s task is made more interesting when an elf, Charlie, shows up and informs Michael that the case needs to be solved before Christmas. The case which is damaging to Santa’s reputation is causing the Christmas spirit to decrease. Santa’s workshop is powered by the Christmas spirit so when people stop believing in Santa, his workshop suffers.
Santa isn’t the only one who is suffering. Within the last few years, Michael’s wife lost her battle with cancer. Knowing Michael’s mechanic, Lauren, has fallen in love with Michael, Santa encourages Michael to move on.
Michael must defend Santa against witnesses who testify in court with stories about how Santa ruined their lives by giving them gifts other than those they requested. Michael’s case is already suffering when Bennett’s attorney presents Michael with evidence which causes him to struggle over his decision to represent Santa.
After researching Bennett’s attorney’s findings, Michael and Santa return to court.
The idea of suing Santa and immature adult witnesses in a court room might not impress a large number of viewers, but the main idea of the film delivers pretty good Christmas entertainment.
I did enjoy the romance and the messages delivered by the film: Triumph over tragedy and keeping the Christmas Spirit alive.
I liked that the film encouraged belief even when there seems to be no evidence to support it.
“Logic, reason, and science don’t define everything in this world.” – Lauren, The Case for Christmas
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