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Fred Claus

4.3 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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  • Directors: David Dobkin
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VX950C

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Sibling rivalry takes on a new dimension in director David Dobkin's (WEDDING CRASHERS, CLAY PIGEONS) third collaboration with actor Vince Vaughn, FRED CLAUS. Ever since his younger brother, Nicholas (Paul Giamatti), was born, it seems that nothing Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) does is good enough. Nicholas literally becomes a saint and is beloved by millions worldwide, while Fred is just a regular Joe. When Fred finds himself in need of big money in a hurry, little brother Santa is the only one he can turn to. Soon, Fred is working at the North Pole to earn some quick cash and shaking things up with the elves to the delight of efficiency expert Clyde Northcutt (Kevin Spacey), who is on a mission to close down Santa's operation. Can the duelling Claus brothers work together to save Christmas? A sweet lesson is thrown in amongst the sibling rivalry and high jinx: there are really no naughty children at Christmas, just kids who may need a little love or a second chance. Vaughn plays a character familiar to us now, fast-talking but likable with good intentions. He's at his best when teaching the elves the merits of rock 'n' roll, or talking himself out of sticky situations. Giamatti is endearing as Santa Claus, who compensates for the stress of his job by overeating. Spacey's emotionally frozen Clyde Northcutt harks back to WILLY WONKA's Slugworth as a villain. Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton, and Stephen Baldwin appear in the film's funniest scene as siblings with rivalry issues. Rounding out the cast are Miranda Richardson as Santa's wife, Kathy Bates as Mother Claus, Elizabeth Banks as Santa's assistant, John Michael Higgins as Willie the Head Elf, Rachel Weisz as Fred's girlfriend, and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges as DJ Donnie.

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Format: Blu-ray
Fred Claus is a brilliant Christmas film and Paul Giamatti is wonderful as farther Christmas, if not the best I have seen since Tim Allen(the santa claus). The best part of the film was when the head Elf shouts to the SNOW GLOB!! and all the elfs run with the beautiful song silent night, and when they look in to the snow glob you see all the children opening their presents on Christmas Day, and it just fills your heart with the joy of Christmas.

This film also has a great part played by kevin spacey(the Christmas scrooge/super man)but my hat really goes of to paul giamatti, he is up there as one of the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Oh and the Blu-ray is just perfect, one of the best I have seen.
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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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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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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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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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I absolutely love this christmas film! I have now made it part of my 'Christmas marathon' of dvd's I will watch each year, and only the very best get put in the list I might add.
This film is full of festive happiness, and will be one for all the family to enjoy. It's funny, romantic, festive, and full of quality acting. What more could you want for the xmas holidays! A definite must see :)
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Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness as a child. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centred 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.

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.

Fred Claus is the literal naughty child of Christmas movies. It has brash humour, a real cheeky side, but all in all, it's heart is in the right place.

The cast are great and Vaughn is in his prime in this movie, fast talking from start to finish.

It does hint a little bit of Elf time and time again, but it's funny for all the right reasons, even if it is very predictable.

It's slickly produced by Joel Silver, and although it's not the best film on first viewing , it's a grower for sure.
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