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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everybody has that one relative who can't help but cause problems over the holidays. Even Santa. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Claus  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Disaster Movie (2008) See more »


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11 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm glad I read the negative reviews after I saw this film or I may not have watched it. I don't know why there are so many Scrooge's knocking this film. I was bored on a Saturday night after a long tired day of skiing in December in upstate NY when I stumbled upon it by accident and loved it. Come on, Vince Vaughn in his usual dead pan comedy act, Kevin Spacey as an evil spurned child trying to destroy Santa, the hilarious brothers support group, Wanda with the knockers to end all Christmases, Slam and the puppy, I could go on and on. You gotta sometimes just take silly humor for what it is and love life. This will be one Christmas movie I watch year after year. Lighten up people, great movie!

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