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  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Rachel Weisz, Michael Higgins, Kevin Spacey, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: David Dobkin
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, German
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CEE1TY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,209 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Santa's brother is coming to town in this seasonal family comedy. Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) has spent the best part of his life living under his younger brother Nicholas (Paul Giamatti)'s shadow. When your sibling happens to be Santa, it's not easy living up to his example. While Nicholas became a much-loved legend, Fred became a repo-man. Now Fred's shady dealings have caught up with him and he faces a stretch in jail unless he can come up with a good deal of cash. His only recourse is to turn to his brother. Over the objections of his wife (Miranda Richardson), Nicholas agrees to help his brother on one condition: he comes to work in Santa's toy shop to earn the money he needs. Will the irascible Fred cope with his elvish duties or will he cause a calamitous Christmas for all?

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Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) has lived his entire life in his brother’s very large shadow. Fred tried, but could hardly live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas(Paul Giamatti), who was just a perfect. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite. Over Mrs. Claus’ objections, Nicholas agrees to help his brother on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and earn the money he needs by working in Santa’s workshop. The trouble is that Fred isn’t exactly elf material and, with Christmas fast approaching, Fred could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Bain on 29 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First of all, I wont be as naive to say that this is a Christmas classic, but for token fun and turn your brain off fare,this is highly enjoyable. Vince Vaughn fans wont be disappointed, and the support cast is good. Paul Giamatti,Rachel Weitz,Kevin Spacey,Kathy Bates,Miranda Richardson and the gorgeous Elizabeth Banks. I waited for a year for this to come out on DVD, and in the mean time I saw Vince Vaughns Christmas effort for this year, 'Four Christmases'. Given the choice between the two, I would go and see Fred Claus, it is a better movie. It does what all Christmas movies does, and that is make you feel really happy when you walk out of the cinema! Basically the story is that Vince Vaughn is the eldest of 2 brothers, the younger brother (Paul Giamatti) being Santa Claus, and unable to do anything wrong in his parents eyes, although he is a perfect child. Because of this Fred becomes bitter because his parents always spend their time having a go at him for his less than perfect life. It takes Fred (Vince Vaughn) to be thrown in jail, and to have to ask his brother to bail him out, only on condition that he helps him at the South Pole, for him to change his life, and in the end do the right thing. Throw in a sub plot with Kevin Spacey, trying to wreck the Toy shop, and Rachel Weitz as his long suffering girlfriend, and you have the ingredients for a great Christmas movie! I have the Blu Ray, and the picture is certainly of a better quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
`Fred Claus' is one of those Christmas films that surprises you by being better than you expected. This follows Fred Claus, who is Santa's older, jaded brother, who has to help save Christmas when Santa injures himself. There is family history and some animosity between them, but this is put aside in the name of Christmas.

Vaughn has some funny lines and really makes this film with his comedic acting and Giamatti plays Santa very well indeed. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well and this film manages to be heart warming, without being schmaltzy; which is rare for a Hollywood film these days.

This is easy going, not too taxing, has a reasonable storyline and makes for an entertaining couple of hours viewing for all the family. Exactly what you would wish for in a Christmas film.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a christmas movie unlike any you will see, it steps away from Santa and focuses on his brother, who is here played by the persistently funny Vince Vaughn. Fred resents his brother and refuses to have any associations with him, that is until he leands himself in jail after a side splittingly funny scene involving two dozen santas in a department store. Fred needs his brother (santa) to pay him bail and santa says he will pay it, in wages when Fred comes up to the north pole to work for him. What follows is Fred trying to pay off his debt by working with the elves. The set pieces and dialogue are unbelievably funny, Vaughn does his usual non stop talk routine and it never gets old - the scene where he lectures a little girl about having a fifty inch plasma TV is one of the funniest things i've ever seen. The rest of teh cast are equally as good, Paul Giammati, Rachael Weizs, Kevin Spacey and Kathy Bates are just some of the more noticeable faces who bring their talents to this movie. The slapstick is clever and funny as is the witty banter and one liners, many of which are delivered by Giammati or Vaughn. This movie is both hilarious and heart warming, but maybe a little too heart warming by the end. Other than this slightly too sentimental ending the movie is very, very good. In fact i'd go as far as saying it is one of the funniest christmas films ever made.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Mcnally on 12 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am a hugh fan of all things Christmas and this movie is one if not the best Christmas movies I have ever seen, its right up there with the Muppets Christmas carol!! Class film for all the family. Buy It!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
It does exactly what it says on the Xmas Movie Tin. Poorly received by the critics and equally unsupported by the internet hordes, Fred Claus may be guilty of sentimentality, but for those in need of a pick me up during yuletide then it delivers the requisite smiles to faces.

Vince Vaughn is Fred, brother of Santa (Paul Giamatti), who has grown up resenting his elder brother. When Fred is in desperate need of cash he gets in touch with Santa to ask for a big loan, Santa will oblige if Fred comes up to the North Pole to work for it. Anger, mirth and bonding does follow as Fred causes mayhem among the elves and finds himself pitched in the middle of a nefarious plan being hatched by Clyde Archibald Northcutt (Kevin Spacey).

Not all the gags work but there are some genuinely funny moments, while the romantic threads are a touch too twee. Yet this wears its Xmas movie heart firmly on its red clothed sleeve, and there's nothing wrong with that. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
`Fred Claus' is one of those Christmas films that surprises you by being better than you expected. This follows Fred Claus, who is Santa's older, jaded brother, who has to help save Christmas when Santa injures himself. There is family history and some animosity between them, but this is put aside in the name of Christmas.

Vaughn has some funny lines and really makes this film with his comedic acting and Giamatti plays Santa very well indeed. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well and this film manages to be heart warming, without being schmaltzy; which is rare for a Hollywood film these days.

This is easy going, not too taxing, has a reasonable storyline and makes for an entertaining couple of hours viewing for all the family. Exactly what you would wish for in a Christmas film.

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