During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? Written by
Project was originally titled "Fred Claus", but was changed due to a potential rights issue. It was then retitled "Joe Claus." After the rights were cleared, the title returned to "Fred Claus." See more »
Despite being set during winter at the North Pole, no one's breath can be seen in any of the outdoor scenes. See more »
[Fred is about to launch the sleigh, Clyde blocks it]
If you don't get out of my way in three seconds, you're going to make me the happiest guy at the North Pole.
You haven't got the *guts*!
[three seconds later, Clyde gets run down by the sleigh]
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »
We were surprised. After reading many negative reviews we had a good word of mouth referral from a friend. Our friend was right. Fred was funny throughout with many funny lines and scenes. I am usually not a big Vince fan but he was super as Fred. Once again this proves why they make so many flavors of ice cream.My wife and I are in our fifty's and thought this was more for adults than kids due to its quick dialog.(USA Spelling)The supporting cast was very good. It was nice to see Kathy Bates as Fred's Mom. She didn't overact like she often does. All Paul Giamatti has to do is stare and make faces to crack me up. He also played the Santa role without going overboard. The action scenes were nicely played without being drawn out as in many slapstick movies. Go see this flick.
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