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Fred Claus (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  9 November 2007 (USA)
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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.



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DJ Donnie (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
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Linda Elf


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Christmas comes every year, but this holiday season Santa's brother is coming along for the ride. 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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Did You Know?


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


In one shot during the fight on the snowmobile, the background is painted and clearly fake. See more »


Fred Claus: Love's complicated.
Willie: It hurts.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Christmastime Is Here
Written by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson
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User Reviews

Every Child Deserves a Christmas Gift
24 December 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Santa Claus' older brother Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) was raised in the shadow of his famous brother and has issues with his mother (Kathy Bates). In Chicago, near Christmas, Fred asks for money on the streets trying to raise fifty thousand dollars to open a betting shop. However, many legalized Salvation Army Santa Claus chase him and Fred is arrested and sent to jail. He calls his brother Nick Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti) in the North Pole that accepts to pay his bail of five thousand dollars and proposes to lend the amount Fred needs provided he comes to the North Pole to help him in his factory. Meanwhile the mean efficiency expert Clyde Northcut (Kevin Spacey) arrives in the North Pole with the intention of finding three non-conformities in the audit of the manufacturing process and shut-down the facility. When Fred is assigned to work in the Naughty-Nice Department, the troubles of Nick begin.

I do not recall the last time I have seen such entertaining Christmas movie. "Fred Claus" is funny and has many hilarious moments (my favorite is the siblings-anonymous, with Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton and Stephen Baldwyn among others that resemble Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman and other famous people). The message that there is no naughty child and consequently every child deserves a Christmas gift is great. The cast leaded by Vince Vaughn is fantastic and I really loved this movie. I wish Merry Christmas to all IMDb movie and TV lovers and staff. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Titio Noel" ("Uncle Claus")

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