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Fred Claus (2007)

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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.

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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're invited to a very unusual family reunion. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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9 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Joe Claus  »

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Opening Weekend:

$18,515,473 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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$72,000,867 (USA) (8 February 2008)
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Trivia

The wardrobe department consulted Levi's and had special 501's created to accommodate Vince Vaughn's sizes exactly. See more »

Goofs

At the Siblings Anonymous meeting, Roger Clinton explains that he got upset watching footage of his famous brother Bill on the History Channel making his 1993 State of the Union Address to Congress. There was no State of the Union address in 1993 as Bill Clinton had just become President and the traditional speech never takes place during an inauguration year. See more »

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Clyde: You're all fired, in the morning you'll all be on a bus back to Elfistan!
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »

Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy and Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
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Enjoyable for this holidays
11 December 2007 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Its a good movie, not the typical Christmas kind. This could be consider as a family film but not precisely for little children, yes it has its funny parts but some of the themes are too complex for kids. The story about Santa's older brother who feels less appreciated than him and that his life is a total mess, is original and interesting. It has some nice effects. The music is excellent. A film with a good rhythm. The cast is wonderful, Vince Vayghn is hilarious as always, Paul Giamatti makes a very good and different Santa, not always laughing and happy, but more like a human type. Kathy Bates as Santa and Fred's mother is a joy to watch her and Kevin Spacey in the role of the evil supervisor in charge to close the North Pole is awesome, it was a very funny performance, so different of what he usually does. In conclusion, its a very entertaining and enjoyable movie with a very good message.


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