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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Details

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Spacey's character has an unhealthy obsession with Superman. Spacey played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns (2006). See more »

Goofs

Willy tells Fred that they have 10 hours to deliver the presents. Based on the world sunset/sunrise times on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, they would actually have up to 29 hours, the points closest to the North Pole being in darkness the longest. Moreover, the delivery sequence has Fred traveling to spots that are not in darkness at the same time. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Baldwin: [to Fred] You're not Alec!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Apollo 13 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Dump
from Mousehunt (1997)
Written by Alan Silvestri
Courtesy of DreamWorks SKG
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Thin Story-Line That Can't Sustain the 2-Hour Running
11 September 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

In this film Of the two Claus brothers, Fred (Vince Vaughn) is the troublemaker and polar opposite of his saintly sibling, Nicholas (Paul Giamatti). When Fred's criminal ways finally land him in big trouble, Nicholas bails him out and brings him to the North Pole to work off the debt by making toys. The headaches mount for St. Nick, who not only must deal with his trouble making brother, but also an efficiency expert who has come to evaluate Santa's operation.

Before they shoot this film they should have re-written the screenplay. The first 45 minutes could have been reduced by 1/2. The final hour could have also been streamlined.

This film in reality has no idea who its audience is. The thing is the film doesn't try to cover all the bases. The film however does have some very great scenes and a awesome set. The flying sequences are the highlight the film which is the only thing that makes film give flight.

Worth watching Once. I don't see this becoming a holiday favorite for many!


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