• Fred Claus (2007)

Fred Claus

Release Date: November 9th, 2007

DVD Release Date: November 25th, 2008

PG |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

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 troublemaking brother, but also an efficiency expert who has come to evaluate Santa's operation.

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, John Michael Higgins, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey, Elizabeth Banks, Kathy Bates

Director: David Dobkin

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Bros., Silver Pictures

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Transformation, Madcap, Relationships, Mother, Brother, Growing up, Rivalry, Family, 2000s, Girlfriend, Wife, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Wesley MorrisBoston Globe

    Fred Claus sells you something you didn't know you wanted: a Vince Vaughn Christmas movie. Vaughn is not the hook. Neither is the holiday. The script, by Dan Fogelman, is smarter than that. show more

  • 50
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Freely mixing reality therapy, fairy tale and satire, Dobkin's film does not maintain a consistent tone. Is it a seriocomedy about brothers who need to work on unfinished business? Is it a holiday fable about a Scrooge who comes to surf the yuletide? Is it a satire in which an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) puts pressure on St. Nick to outsource gift allocation and distribution? show more

  • 40
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film isn't just not funny, it is off-putting. show more

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