This curiously depressing remake of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET epitomizes contemporary Hollywood's inability to bring style and originality to the kind of family comedies it once produced with aplomb. This story of a cynical little girl who meets the real Santa Claus and becomes a true
believer is guaranteed to cast a pall over the holiday season.
In present-day Manhattan, Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins), the Special Projects Manager at Coles Department Store, hires a man named Kriss Kringle (Richard Attenborough) to play Santa in Coles's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kriss plays Santa so well in the parade that he's hired by the store
to entertain the childre...