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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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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)  »

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Joe Claus  »

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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

Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Brotherly Love". See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, the promotional note for the soundtrack album is misspelled "sountrack." See more »

Quotes

Mother Claus: [at Nick's birthday] Time to cut the cake!
Young Fred - 12 Yrs Old: [comes with a journal with the name "Nicholas" written on the cover] Here you go, Nicholas! I made this for you. Happy Birthday!
Young Nick - 6 Yrs Old: I thank you, Frederick!
Mother Claus: That was very nice, Frederick!
[Nicholas takes all his presents and leaves]
Mother Claus: Nicholas, where are you going?
Young Nick - 6 Yrs Old: There's a poor orphan named Henry who lives down the road. I'm bringing all my gifts to him. He needs them more than I.
Young Fred - 12 Yrs Old: Do you really think Henry needs a journal with the name "Nicholas" on the cover...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Fred Claus (2007) ***
12 December 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

My wife and I took our niece to the theater for this and it was a good time. Vince Vaughn plays the lead role of Fred, the grouchy and disgruntled brother of the real Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti). When things get tough one year up at the North Pole where Santa lives, he sends for his estranged brother to visit him and help out. It seems a nasty efficiency man (Kevin Spacey) is about to shut Santa's massive toy making operation down permanently if certain standards are not maintained, and this low-life is doing everything he can to make sure things never straighten out.

I usually don't like Kevin Spacey, but he was perfect for this part and I enjoyed the whole cast too, in fact. It's getting to the point where I'd go to see any movie with Paul Giamatti in it, and though you'd think he's not physically right for the role of Santa Claus, he makes it work. I found this funny and festive, with something to say about what hurt feelings and mistreatment can do to turn good people bad (ie; make nice people "naughty"). I especially got a kick out of a scene featuring a "Syblings Anonymous" type of meeting for disgruntled brothers, where some famous faces made cameos. There's good music featured throughout as well, and not all of it necessarily being Christmas tunes. *** out of ****


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