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
Some of the locations seen at the movie are: Athens (Greece), Moscow (Russia), London (U.K.), Caernarforn (U.K.), Vatican City, Taj Mahal (India), Cairo (Egypt), The Great Wall of China, Hong Kong (China), Sydney (Australia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Machu Picchu (Peru), Paris (France), Washington D.C., New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Seattle (WA), Cape Elizabeth (ME), San Francisco (CA), Chicago (IL), Mount Rushmore (SD), St. Louis (MO), Grand Canyon, Brooklyn (NY). See more »
Willy tells Fred that they have 10 hours to deliver the presents. Based on the world sunset/sunrise times on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, they would actually have up to 29 hours, the points closest to the North Pole being in darkness the longest. Moreover, the sequence has Fred traveling to spots that would not be in darkness at the same time. See more »
Where do you think you're going?
No you're not! Santa is the only one who can deliver the presents!
No, only a Claus can deliver the presents, and that is a Claus.
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »
My partner and I loved this movie. We own a couple hundred Christmas movies and are only able to watch a small subset each year, but I think this will go into our "rotation" as a perennial favorite.
Vince Vaughn is his typical self - caustic but charming. Paul Giamatti is great as a jolly Santa Claus who's got just a little bit too much on his plate this year, what with family and productivity challenges . . .
Kathy Bates and Trevor Peacock make great parents for the Claus siblings, and Kevin Spacey is great is his pivotal role.
The special effects are also excellent: seamless and effective - the North Pole never looked better ;-)
In short, this is a fun and funny Christmas movie. See it!
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