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
When Fred is attacked by Santa's Secret Service upon his initial arrival to the North Pole, a patch of snow remains stuck to his face. Not only does this not melt any from his body heat, but the patch changes places several times during subsequent shots. See more »
[Fred is about to launch the sleigh, Clyde blocks it]
If you don't get out of my way in three seconds, you're going to make me the happiest guy at the North Pole.
You haven't got the *guts*!
[three seconds later, Clyde gets run down by the sleigh]
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »
Its a good movie, not the typical Christmas kind. This could be consider as a family film but not precisely for little children, yes it has its funny parts but some of the themes are too complex for kids. The story about Santa's older brother who feels less appreciated than him and that his life is a total mess, is original and interesting. It has some nice effects. The music is excellent. A film with a good rhythm. The cast is wonderful, Vince Vayghn is hilarious as always, Paul Giamatti makes a very good and different Santa, not always laughing and happy, but more like a human type. Kathy Bates as Santa and Fred's mother is a joy to watch her and Kevin Spacey in the role of the evil supervisor in charge to close the North Pole is awesome, it was a very funny performance, so different of what he usually does. In conclusion, its a very entertaining and enjoyable movie with a very good message.
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