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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fred Claus
... Nick 'Santa' Claus
... Willie
... Annette Claus
... Wanda
... Mother Claus
... Papa Claus
... DJ Donnie (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
... Charlene
... Bob Elf
... Linda Elf
... Clyde
... Leon
... Samuel 'Slam' Gibbons
... 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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Christmas comes every year, but this holiday season Santa's brother is coming along for the ride. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

$72,006,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,838,349
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Trivia

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins have work on several shows together. Pitch Perfect and it's sequels as the comedic (with a plethora of sexually innuendos) competition commentators. 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

Nick 'Santa' Claus: [after Nick and Fred fight, and crash a snowmobile] I never realized. You hate me.
Fred Claus: I don't hate you, Nick. I just wish you'd never been born.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »

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Written by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse
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Very Underrated movie
7 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I have to be honest, when this movie came out I wasn't very keen on seeing this movie, even though it had Vince in the lead whose comedy i really like, it was the whole premise of the movie which was putting me off and reading the reviews did not help either because they were not doing the movie any justice. Now finally after a good 8 or 9 months of the films theatrical release, I happened to get it on DVD and boy was I surprised. This film is not your average Vince Vaughn comedy film with lots of slick lines, it has a very few of those, I think this was marketed a little bit vaguely because it certainly is not a comedy but it is a good drama/family movie with quite a lot of heart and especially if you have a brother, watch this movie it wont change your life or anything but for those 2 hours it will make you feel good about yourself.


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