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Fred Claus (2007)

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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Christmas comes every year, but this holiday season Santa's brother is coming along for the ride. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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9 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Claus  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Three famous brothers cameo as themselves at 'Siblings Anonymous'. The first is Frank Stallone, who speaks about Rocky (1976) and 'Rambo', two major blockbuster film series that star his brother Sylvester Stallone. The second is Roger Clinton, half-brother of the former US President Bill Clinton. The third is Stephen Baldwin, the youngest Baldwin Brother (specifically he has issues with the eldest and arguably most famous, Alec Baldwin.) See more »

Goofs

Fred slowly brings his arm down while doing karate moves à la Elvis Presley at the workshop, but his arm is gone in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Nick 'Santa' Claus: [after Nick and Fred fight, and crash a snowmobile] I never realized. You hate me.
Fred Claus: I don't hate you, Nick. I just wish you'd never been born.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »

Connections

References The Care Bears Family (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
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Probably in my top 5!
9 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an avid lover of traditional Christmas movies, I was not expecting a lot out of Fred Claus. However, I bought it because I wanted something new for my 6 year old, and I really like Vince Vaughn. Many people I talked to didn't like Fred Claus because Vince Vaughn is "the same as he is in every movie." I happen to love that. The rest of the cast was A+ and gave perfect performances. I LOVED THIS MOVIE and would recommend it to anyone who loves Christmas! There were so many funny parts as well as heart warming sweet moments that this movie was one that my 6 year old son and I could enjoy together. I'm glad I skipped renting and just bought this movie as it will be one I look forward to every year.


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