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Fred Claus (2007)

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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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David Dobkin

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Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jessie Nelson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Fred Claus
Paul Giamatti ... Nick 'Santa' Claus
John Michael Higgins ... Willie
Miranda Richardson ... Annette Claus
Rachel Weisz ... Wanda
Kathy Bates ... Mother Claus
Trevor Peacock ... Papa Claus
Ludacris ... DJ Donnie (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Elizabeth Banks ... Charlene
Jeremy Swift ... Bob Elf
Elizabeth Berrington ... Linda Elf
Kevin Spacey ... Clyde
Rio Hackford ... Leon
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Samuel 'Slam' Gibbons
Allan Corduner ... Dr. Goldfarb
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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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Taglines:

Santa's brother is coming to town. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe Claus See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,515,473, 2 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,006,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,838,349
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the end credits, the promotional note for the soundtrack album is misspelled "sountrack." 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 Getaway: Episode #16.39 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
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It is what it is
25 November 2007 | by WillemiteSee all my reviews

Every Christmas eve I make my kids endure yet another showing of It's A Wonderful Life. I also thoroughly enjoyed Bad Santa. So sue me. I admit it. I like cheesy, schmaltzy movies. I like excellent, intelligent ones too, but as with so many things, variety is a good thing. What would the Christmas season be without the annual cinematic ka-ching ka-ching of Santa in all his guises, from Edmund Gwenn to Billy Bob Thornton? Fred Claus will make no one forget Bedford Falls, but I do not believe a Christmas film should have to reach iconic stature to succeed. "Fred" is a perfectly OK holiday movie, with enough humor for the adults and sufficient charm for the kids. My wife and I laughed a lot, even if most of the humor was obvious and Vince was just being Vince. Paul Giamatti was a top-notch Santa, which helped a lot. Not a great flick, and unlikely to become must-viewing for anyone's annual Christmas traditions. But my wife and daughter and I enjoyed it for what it was, holiday schmaltz with a small dash of spice. There's nothing wrong with that.


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