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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.

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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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Everybody has that one relative who can't help but cause problems over the holidays. Even Santa. 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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Opening Weekend:

£1,937,042 (UK) (30 November 2007)

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$72,000,867 (USA) (8 February 2008)
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Kevin Spacey's character is aiming to shut down Santa and his workshop and it is revealed to be due to Santa not gifting him a Superman cape that he desperately wanted as a child. So he wore glasses like Clark Kent. Kevin Spacey played Superman/Clark Kent's nemesis Lex Luthor in Superman Returns the year prior to this film's release. See more »

Goofs

During the "intervention" scene, after he has broken free of his wrapping paper and tape bonds, the amount of gift wrap still stuck on Fred varies. Specifically, a piece appears and disappears on the left breast pocket of his shirt. See more »

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DJ Donnie: I'm from the south side of the north pole man.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Silent Night
Written by Joseph Mohr (as J. Mohr) and Franz Gruber (as F.X. Gruber)
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Merry Fred Claus!!!
5 September 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Hilarious, Touching, Entertaining & Sweet sums up as 'Fred Claus'.

David Dobkin deserves kudos for directing a sensitive subject like 'Fred Claus'. The well-known filmmaker is blessed with 2 good writers Dan Fogelman & Jessie Nelson, who've written this Christmas flick. A joyride!

Accoding to me 'Bad Santa' was an excellent attempt, but that was crude and crass. But 'Fred Claus' is the most touching Christmas flick after the Masterpiece 'The Polar Express'. Everything a cine-fan wants to see is served in here, it's a feel-good entertainer that leaves loving your loved ones a bit more.

Santa Claus is not the topic here, it's his brother Fred Claus, who makes this simple story well-told. More than anything, this movie makes you believe in Santa once again, {I was his biggest fan in my childhood}, and after watching it I wish each and every kid in the world awaits for Christmas.

Acting-wise: Vince Vaughn plays Fred Claus beautifully. He's dependable as always. Paul Giamatti, as Santa, is lovable. Kevin Spacey plays the conniving-turned-likable character with ease. Miranda Richardson is first-rate. John Michael Higgins is hilarious as Willy. Kathy Bates, Trevor Peacock, Elizabeth Banks, Bobb'e J. Thompson & Rachel Weisz are effective in small roles.

Final word? MERRY Christmas, Indeed!


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