If you’ve seen every Tim Allen Christmas movie, then lucky you! But if you’re like me and have been on a quest for years to watch every Tim Allen Christmas movie, then you may be missing a few of these gems. So here is the list of fourteen of them, so that we can all complete our goal of watching them all at least once.
1. The Santa Clause (1994)
Scott Calvin is a divorced father who accidentally kills Santa Claus. Scott is then forced to take his place as Santa Claus. The film was a box office success and spawned two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).
2. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
Starring Tim Allen, David Krumholtz, and Wendy Crewson, this movie is directed by Michael Lembeck. It was released on November 2nd, 2002, and has a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. The budget for the film was $45 million
3. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
This Christmas movie is about how Santa Claus gets stuck at the North Pole. He finds himself trapped in his own headquarters building, surrounded by dangerous toys and other magical creatures. Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, who must find a way to escape before he becomes trapped at the North Pole forever. It was released on November 1, 2006.
4. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
On November 8, 2018, The Christmas Chronicles is set to hit theaters. The film’s director is Clay Kaytis and its writer is Matt Lieberman. In addition to Kurt Russell (The Santa Clause series), Darby Camp (First Man) stars as well as Judah Lewis (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Oliver Hudson (90210), and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm).
5. Jingle All the Way (1996)
Jingle All the Way (1996) is a Christmas film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, and Phil Hartman. It follows Howard Langston (Sindbad), who must endure many obstacles to get his son Jamie a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas.
The movie has an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with reviews calling it “loud” and “cliched” and “a good example of how not to make a comedy.” You can see why it’s not as beloved as some other Tim Allen films — but it does have its moments!
6. For Richer or Poorer (1997)
In this movie, Tim Allen stars as a guy named Ted who loses his job and has to move in with his wife (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) until he finds another one.
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis are married in real life and have two children together.
7. The Shaggy Dog (2006)
This Christmas comedy stars Tim Allen as a lawyer who gets turned into a dog. The movie also co-stars his wife and son, who play themselves in the film. If that’s not enough, Allen’s son plays his son in this movie as well!
The Shaggy Dog is a remake of the 1957 film of the same name starring Fred MacMurray and Bernard Fox (of Bewitched fame). This time around, however, it was directed by Brian Robbins and written by Craig Bolotin, who are both famous for their work on other family-friendly comedies like Small Soldiers and The Pacifier.
8. Zoom (2006)
Zoom is a 2006 comedy film starring Tim Allen and Courteney Cox. It tells the story of a salesman who receives a camera that allows him to grow and shrink at will. Unfortunately, he finds himself in over his head when the camera has a mind of its own and starts causing problems for him.
Tim Allen plays “Zoom”, an Illinois-based father of two children who gets caught up with some mobsters after using his newly acquired magical camera to spy on them. After Zoom is forced to flee town, he begins working as a traveling salesman while trying to find out why someone wants him dead—and how they are able to track him wherever he goes!
9. Galaxy Quest (1999)
Galaxy Quest is an Amazon Original that follows the lives of former Star Trek actors who have been kidnapped by aliens to save their planet. The main character, Alexander Dane (Tim Allen), is a dramatic actor who played a space hero in the TV show Galaxy Quest. When he’s mistaken for his character by real aliens, they kidnap him and force him to lead them on missions to protect Earth. In order to survive, Alexander must pretend to be his character while also trying not to give up hope that someone will rescue them from the faraway planet where they’re being held captive.
This Christmas comedy has become one of Allen’s most popular films since its release in 1999, due largely in part because it has so many quotable lines. Fans can watch this movie over and over again without getting sick of it!
10. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
- Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Cheech Marin, and Elizabeth Hartman
- Directed by Joe Roth
- Rating: PG
Released in 2004
11. Who Is Cletis Tout? (2002)
The 2002 film Who Is Cletis Tout? is another Tim Allen holiday movie, and it’s about as different from The Santa Clause as you can get. In this one, Allen plays a divorced dad who has to take care of his son for the holidays when the boy’s mother has to work.
In an effort to make his son happy again, he dresses up as Santa Claus and visits him at school in order to show him that it is still good in the world—but instead, he accidentally ends up with two more kids (from other families) who mistake him for the real deal.
12. Wild Hogs (2007)
Wild Hogs is a 2007 comedy film directed by Walt Becker, written by John Flock and Mark Perez, and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, and Martin Lawrence. Filmed in Colorado on location in Monument Valley Tribal Park, Monument Canyon, and Moab. The film’s title comes from the slang phrase “hog wild,” which means to act recklessly or aggressively. It was released on March 2, 2007, by Walt Disney Pictures.
Wild Hogs was produced on an estimated budget of $20 million. Received mixed reviews from critics but became a box office hit grossing over $250 million at the worldwide box office with only a $95 million budget making it one of the highest-grossing films of 2007.
13. Joe Somebody (2001)
In Joe Somebody, Tim Allen plays a man who has lost his job and decides to start a new life. His wife (Patricia Richardson) gets hired as the manager of an upscale restaurant, leaving their son with Joe and his mother (Loretta Devine). In the meantime, Joe meets a woman at church who helps him start over in his new town.
This film was directed by John Pasquin and released in 2001. It received mixed reviews from critics but was nominated for several awards including Best Picture at the Young Artist Awards. The movie is rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references
14. Toy Story 4 (2019)
Toy Story 4 is a sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story, the third in Pixar’s animated film series. It will be directed by Josh Cooley and produced by Galyn Susman with Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack reprising their roles of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and Bo Peep.
The movie’s cast also includes Keanu Reeves as Duke Kaboom, Tony Hale as Forky, Keegan-Michael Key as Ducky & Bunny Bunny McBroom, Jordan Peele as Buttercup & Cracker Barrel (his role was later recast), and Patricia Arquette as Gabby Gabby
We hope you enjoyed this list of Tim Allen Christmas movies. It’s a pretty good start for someone who is looking to build a library of great holiday movies starring the Home Improvement star.
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