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
Project was originally titled "Fred Claus", but was changed due to a potential rights issue. It was then retitled "Joe Claus." After the rights were cleared, the title returned to "Fred Claus." See more »
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 »
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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