Men in Red Suits Marc Girard & Gary Evans

Men in Red Suits Marc Girard & Gary Evans
Avoiding the inherent creepiness of having small children sit on the lap of a creepy old man, Men in Red Suits focuses more on some minor insights about the commercialization of Christmas, Santa's relation to faith, ideological incertitude and alternate modes of Santa worship, whether it be a sexualized notion or one of religious bastardization. The entire thing is brief, clipping in at just under an hour, which likely explains why the overall impact of watching the documentary is so minor and unimpressive, at least in part. What transpires initially are interviews with various men who annually don the Santa Claus suit and sit in shopping malls listening to people's spawn yammer on about whatever toy will bring them temporary joy. There is something very boozy and Billy Bob Thornton about the whole thing, which is only exacerbated by the image of a 300-pound man stating very matter-of-factly to the camera that being a Godlike figure to children gives them a sense of social belonging and importance. The documentary then goes on to talk to children about their ideas of Santa, which inevitably turns into a discussion about the correlation between God and Santa, two creations that exist mainly to get stupid people to behave themselves. Also examined in the doc is an annual festival in NYC where people dress up as Santa and essentially fornicate in the streets, along with some grass roots German religious beliefs and some Scandinavian shenanigans. It all results in some brief new age comments about the spiritual essence and necessity of Santa, without pointing out that his image as we currently know it was a creation by Coca-Cola for the purpose of advertising. The special features included on the DVD release are separate deleted scenes about the sex festival, a boozy Santa and kooky Norwegians full of brotherly love. (Seville)