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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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Christmas comes every year, but this holiday season Santa's brother is coming along for the ride. 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

Three famous brothers cameo as themselves at "Siblings Anonymous". The first is Frank Stallone, who speaks about Rocky and Rambo, two major blockbuster film franchises that star his brother Sylvester Stallone. The second is Roger Clinton, half-brother of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The third is Stephen Baldwin, the youngest Baldwin brother (specifically, he has issues with the eldest and arguably most famous, Alec Baldwin.) 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 »

Quotes

Nick 'Santa' Claus: [to Fred]
Nick 'Santa' Claus: You are the best big brother anybody could ever ask for
Nick 'Santa' Claus: Ho-ho-ho!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Santa Clauses (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

My First Noel
Traditional
Performed by Leigh Nash
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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User Reviews

 
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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