Fred Claus

5.61 h 55 min2007X-RayPG
A hilarious and heartwarming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti about Santa's brother, and complete opposite, Fred Claus.
David Dobkin
Vince VaughnPaul GiamattiMiranda Richardson
English [CC]
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John Michael HigginsElizabeth BanksRachel WeiszKathy BatesKevin SpaceyChris "Ludacris" BridgesBobb'e J. Thompson
Joel SilverJessie NelsonDavid Dobkin
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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L SReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this Movie!!!
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Great movie! Classic in our house! Beautiful set designs and music is awesome. Don't base your opinion on the first scene, in fact skip it. Not needed to understand movie. Just know Nick Clays is favored over Fred Claus. For older kids, not young ones in my opinion. Story line, some content etc.
Bought it again as came via post office damaged case and I like it that much I want to have another copy. The DVD was not damaged. Not sellers fault. Will call post office tomorrow. Ship with more padding please.
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ChristineReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful Christmas time movie for the whole family.
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I have a few "favorite" Christmas time movies, and this is one of them. I have finally broken down and purchased the DVD. The movie is touching, as you see the Claus family interact, and how perceived trauma's of childhood can carry to adulthood (Vince and Kevin). Vince Vaughn is a master at these types of movies. Just look at his body of work. I consider him a younger Rob Reiner. And, if you need more incentive, in addition to Vince Vaughn, look at the cast! Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey, Rachel Weisz, John Higgins and Kathy Bates, (just to name a few). How can it miss? All I can say is, sit back with your bowl of popcorn, and enjoy the movie. You won't be disappointed.

This is an update to my review. Although this is still one of my favorite movies, when I played it the other night, I found it was damaged. I carefully wiped it down, but it still had "errors". The movie was sealed, and was not used. I did not contact Amazon or the seller, since it was going to be more trouble than it was worth to return it. Hope others have a better experience.
6 people found this helpful
jo marchReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Hearted and Funny
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Very unusual, star-studded cast in this take on sibling rivalry. The ultimate sibling Mom and Dad love More turns out to be none other than Saint Nicholas himself, played by Paul Giamatti. His resentful brother (played by Vince Vaughan) grows up in his shadow and his life turns out to be one of flim-flamming, get-rich-quick-schemes, and flattery. This movie was good-hearted and quite funny, especially the scene where Vince Vaughan's character visits a support group for the non-famous brothers of celebrities. I feel the filmmaker wanted to do more with that scene but it was cut shorter because it took the film off into a different tangent, as funny as it was.
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lynxs_clawReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This may well be my favorite Christmas movie of my generation!
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I love the old classics (Wonderful Life & Miracle on 34th), but Fred Claus ranks up there to a heartfelt Christmas movie that I can watch year after year. The theme of "naughty and nice" plays perfectly to getting you right there in the heart. Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti are perfectly casted along with Kevin Spacey and a star-studded cast. They all give rise to a great script that is extremely well executed. If you don't think this one is great then you're naughty and void of any Christmas spirit and fun! :)
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Cheryl ReviewerReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Santa's dysfuncitonal family brings a new twist and good lessons to be learned!
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I went into this movie with low expectations to be honest, thinking it was just a silly story about Santa having a jealous brother. But from the very beginning when they showed the boys together from the time Santa was born, I was hooked! They actually did some development of the characters, relationships, and why people sometimes turn out the way they turn out to be due to adversity, misunderstandings, etc. There were funny moments and demonstrations of true unconditional love. Even the character who was not the "sainted" Santa, Santa's brother Fred, was able to deliver an important lesson to Santa and make Santa realize the error of his ways, which is EVERY CHILD DESERVES A PRESENT AT CHRISTMAS, there are really no "bad" children, just children who have done bad things because they haven't received enough love. The North Pole Santa's workshop, etc. scenes also looked completely professional, as good as the "Santa Clause" series of movies. Excellent special effects, looked like they spared no expense here. I know why it's rated PG but since Santa doesn't look like your typical cutesy jolly soul, and since the messages are a little bit mature, I wouldn't recommend watching it with your 3 year old. My 10 year old daughter and I enjoyed it thorougly and decided this will be a family favorite when Junior is asleep!
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OhioanReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Santa has a family...
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I really liked this movie when I first saw. It's not a movie I can watch over and over however. Vince Vaughn plays it over the top, as usual I guess, and it gets a bit wearing the 3rd or 4th time around. But some of the best lines of the movie aren't his, and so I still find fun to watch on occasion.

But this is the first Christmas movie that I can recall that introduces the idea that Santa has a family and extended family at that. Plus the movie does not play down to silly stupid in the second half as a number of other Santa movies I could name do. So for the notion of Santa having a family, this is one I wanted for my granddaughter to see.
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A.J.LReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finding Christmas Movies on TV and Streaming Services is a Game I Don't Have Patience for Anymore
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Is this movie on Netflix, is it on Hulu, Prime, YouTube, cable? Ugh. I'm just buying the ones we watch every year. This is a top 10Christmas movie for us, I can understand why some people don't care for it. Paul Giamatti is excellent as usual.
KnowswhatshelikesReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fresh take on Christmas at the North Pole
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I love this movie! What's not to like about a Vince Vaughn character trying to help his brother, Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti) get ready for Christmas Eve. They are both wonderful and the story is unique. A great add to list of holiday movies!
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