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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

David Dobkin was originally going to direct I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), but dropped out to work with Vince Vaughn on this movie. The two previously worked together on Clay Pigeons (1998) and Wedding Crashers (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Fred is attacked by Santa's Secret Service upon his initial arrival to the North Pole, a patch of snow remains stuck to his face. Not only does this not melt any from his body heat, but the patch changes places several times during subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

[Fred is about to launch the sleigh, Clyde blocks it]
Fred Claus: If you don't get out of my way in three seconds, you're going to make me the happiest guy at the North Pole.
Clyde: You haven't got the *guts*!
[three seconds later, Clyde gets run down by the sleigh]
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The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: Lady in the Water (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional
Arranged by Guy Lombardo
Performed by Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians (as His Royal Canadians)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Every Child Deserves a Christmas Gift
24 December 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Santa Claus' older brother Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) was raised in the shadow of his famous brother and has issues with his mother (Kathy Bates). In Chicago, near Christmas, Fred asks for money on the streets trying to raise fifty thousand dollars to open a betting shop. However, many legalized Salvation Army Santa Claus chase him and Fred is arrested and sent to jail. He calls his brother Nick Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti) in the North Pole that accepts to pay his bail of five thousand dollars and proposes to lend the amount Fred needs provided he comes to the North Pole to help him in his factory. Meanwhile the mean efficiency expert Clyde Northcut (Kevin Spacey) arrives in the North Pole with the intention of finding three non-conformities in the audit of the manufacturing process and shut-down the facility. When Fred is assigned to work in the Naughty-Nice Department, the troubles of Nick begin.

I do not recall the last time I have seen such entertaining Christmas movie. "Fred Claus" is funny and has many hilarious moments (my favorite is the siblings-anonymous, with Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton and Stephen Baldwyn among others that resemble Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman and other famous people). The message that there is no naughty child and consequently every child deserves a Christmas gift is great. The cast leaded by Vince Vaughn is fantastic and I really loved this movie. I wish Merry Christmas to all IMDb movie and TV lovers and staff. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Titio Noel" ("Uncle Claus")


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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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2.35 : 1
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