I agree with you on both accounts. Aside from the bit I had mentioned (which I thought was clever), I didn't really care that there were no accents in the film. The engrossing story was enough for me. I would have enjoyed it just as much if it had been in German with subtitles. The trouble with this country is, I've noticed that a lot of people are lazy and hard to please and get upset when they have to actually watch a film and be expected to read subtitles. So many people complained about Pan's Labyrinth due to the fact that they didn't realize it would be in Spanish and that they'd have to read subtitles (that...and they apparently didn't pay attention to the trailers/commercials or read the rating on the dvd case when they assumed it was a childrens fantasy film and started letting the kiddies watch it...lazy people...very annoying). BTW, that film was beautiful and brilliant! Anyway, back on topic (sorry for derailing it again!)...I didn't even notice it was "Uncle Vernon" playing Santa!