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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)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Claus  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,937,042 (UK) (30 November 2007)

Gross:

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

David Dobkin was originally going to direct I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), but dropped out to work with Vince Vaughn on this movie. The two originally worked together on Clay Pigeons (1998) and again in Wedding Crashers (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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DJ Donnie: I'm from the south side of the north pole man.
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 10 November 2007 (2007) See more »

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My First Noel
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Fred Claus
25 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a harmless, family fun Christmas movie. I was a little worried when I saw that Paul Giamatti (I just couldn't imagine him in this role) was gonna be the Santa but he was actually pretty good. Vince Vaughn was his usual self and proves that he can be funny in a PG movie, a far cry from his Wedding Crashers jokes but he was still pretty likable and hilarious. This movie is nothing special but it's not bad by any means. It's actually different from other movies since it focused on the brother of Santa more than Santa himself...but in the end it's just the same Christmas story. It had a good message and some pretty funny moments that many kids and adults will enjoy. A good family film, but nothing much more. If you generally enjoy Christmas movies, give this one a go. 7/10


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