Is This Netflix’s Bad Santa?

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Feel-good holiday films are as much a part of the season as red Starbucks cups or black leggings. And Netflix really wants to be a part of the tradition. Last year, A Christmas Prince went viral and proved that the streaming site might have what it takes to be the next Hallmark. This year, Netflix has a slew of new Christmas titles, the most exciting of which is The Christmas Chronicles, which is coming to the streaming site on November 22.
Starring Kurt Russell as not-your-typical Santa Claus, The Christmas Chronicles follows the tale of a brother and sister who accidentally cause Santa to crash his sleigh. Of course, this means the two of them now have to save Christmas.
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While the plot is standard holiday fare, Kurt Russell’s rock-and roll Santa (“here for one night, and one night only”) is here to steal the show — and to convince the non-believers that Santa is real. This isn't far off from Bad Santa (2003), which revolved around a con man who accidentally had to take up the mantle of Santa Claus. While Russell's Santa is the real deal, he's equally rebellious. Christmas Chronicles is a clever combination of Elf and Bad Santa, with the addition of elves that look like Furbies.
The film co-stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Darby Camp, and was directed by Chris Columbus (who directed the first Harry Potter film). With fast-paced sleigh chases and clever quips, it’s going to be a holiday comedy for the whole family.
Watch the teaser for The Christmas Chronicles, below.

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