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 »
While traveling at a very high rate of speed in the sleigh, neither Fred's nor the elf's clothing or hats are moving at all in the wind that should have been created. See more »
You're gonna get hooked on that thing. I can see it now. Sixteen thousand bags of Cheetos later, you'll wake up, you're thirty-five, you're overweight, you're crying about your life in front of the soaps. I just did you a favor. You get outside, play around, make some friends, play kick the can, do some athletic stuff, go to school, you're comfortable enough to play sports, you get a partial scholarship, you got any ethnic in your background, any ethnicity in your background? I bet you do. It's...
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »
When this film came out, I didn't go and see it. I didn't even buy the DVD when it came out. I watched it on TV. The main reason behind this was the trailer, which really didn't do the movie justice. When I first saw the trailer, I wasn't inclined to go see it, because there was no sense of what the movie really would be about. When I saw it coming on TV, I didn't know if I would want to see it, but I started to watch anyway. From beginning to end, I enjoyed the movie. This movie will be one I look to pick up on Blu-ray in the future to add the the collection.
It was also nice to see Kevin Spacey in something even if the part wasn't that flattering ;).
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