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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

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 one shot during the fight on the snowmobile, the background is painted and clearly fake. See more »

Quotes

Fred Claus: Santa's having some trouble getting the sled off the ground?
[his mother plugs her ears]
Mother Claus: [singing] Jingle bells, jingle bells...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in 30 Rock: Episode 210 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Dump
from Mousehunt (1997)
Written by Alan Silvestri
Courtesy of DreamWorks SKG
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Loved Fred
16 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We were surprised. After reading many negative reviews we had a good word of mouth referral from a friend. Our friend was right. Fred was funny throughout with many funny lines and scenes. I am usually not a big Vince fan but he was super as Fred. Once again this proves why they make so many flavors of ice cream.My wife and I are in our fifty's and thought this was more for adults than kids due to its quick dialog.(USA Spelling)The supporting cast was very good. It was nice to see Kathy Bates as Fred's Mom. She didn't overact like she often does. All Paul Giamatti has to do is stare and make faces to crack me up. He also played the Santa role without going overboard. The action scenes were nicely played without being drawn out as in many slapstick movies. Go see this flick.


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