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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.

Director:

David Dobkin

Writers:

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:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In this movie, Vince Vaughn portrays Paul Giamatti's older brother. In reality, Vince Vaughn is three years younger than Paul Giamatti. See more »

Goofs

During the "intervention" scene, after he has broken free of his wrapping paper and tape bonds, the amount of gift wrap still stuck on Fred varies. Specifically, a piece appears and disappears on the left breast pocket of his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Willie: Love is so complicated.
Fred Claus: Yeah, can be.
Willie: It hurts.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Santa Clauses (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
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User Reviews

 
Merry Fred Claus!!!
5 September 2009 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Hilarious, Touching, Entertaining & Sweet sums up as 'Fred Claus'.

David Dobkin deserves kudos for directing a sensitive subject like 'Fred Claus'. The well-known filmmaker is blessed with 2 good writers Dan Fogelman & Jessie Nelson, who've written this Christmas flick. A joyride!

Accoding to me 'Bad Santa' was an excellent attempt, but that was crude and crass. But 'Fred Claus' is the most touching Christmas flick after the Masterpiece 'The Polar Express'. Everything a cine-fan wants to see is served in here, it's a feel-good entertainer that leaves loving your loved ones a bit more.

Santa Claus is not the topic here, it's his brother Fred Claus, who makes this simple story well-told. More than anything, this movie makes you believe in Santa once again, {I was his biggest fan in my childhood}, and after watching it I wish each and every kid in the world awaits for Christmas.

Acting-wise: Vince Vaughn plays Fred Claus beautifully. He's dependable as always. Paul Giamatti, as Santa, is lovable. Kevin Spacey plays the conniving-turned-likable character with ease. Miranda Richardson is first-rate. John Michael Higgins is hilarious as Willy. Kathy Bates, Trevor Peacock, Elizabeth Banks, Bobb'e J. Thompson & Rachel Weisz are effective in small roles.

Final word? MERRY Christmas, Indeed!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Vince Vaughn/David Dobkin Project 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, 11 November 2007

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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