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Fred Claus (2007)

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Claus  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,515,473 (USA) (11 November 2007)

Gross:

$72,006,777 (USA)
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Trivia

The head mission control elf wears a white vest similar to Gene Kranz, NASA Flight Director during the Gemini and Apollo programs, portrayed by Ed Harris in Apollo 13 (1995). See more »

Goofs

Despite being set during winter at the North Pole, no one's breath can be seen in any of the outdoor scenes. See more »

Quotes

Willie: [about Fred's slade driving] Are you sure you've never done this before? Because you drive like an absolute pro... who makes a lot of mistakes.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.92 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ludacrismas
Written by Ludacris (as Christopher Bridges), Gene Autry, and Oakley Haldeman
Produced and Performed by Ludacris
Ludacris appears courtesy of Disturbing the Peace / Island Def Jam Music Group
Contains samples of "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)"
Performed by Doris Day
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Surprised at some of the other reviews . . .
6 December 2008 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

My partner and I loved this movie. We own a couple hundred Christmas movies and are only able to watch a small subset each year, but I think this will go into our "rotation" as a perennial favorite.

Vince Vaughn is his typical self - caustic but charming. Paul Giamatti is great as a jolly Santa Claus who's got just a little bit too much on his plate this year, what with family and productivity challenges . . .

Kathy Bates and Trevor Peacock make great parents for the Claus siblings, and Kevin Spacey is great is his pivotal role.

The special effects are also excellent: seamless and effective - the North Pole never looked better ;-)

In short, this is a fun and funny Christmas movie. See it!


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