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Fred Claus (2007)



Critic Consensus: A slew of talent is wasted in this contrived and overly sentimental Christmas film, which can't quite get the balance between slapstick humor and schmaltzy uplift.

Movie Info

Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but he could never live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas, who was just a perfect, well, Saint. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a repo man who then steals what he repossesses. Now Fred's dirty dealings have landed him in jail. Over Mrs. Claus's objections, Nicholas agrees to bail his big brother out on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and work off his debt making toys. The trouble is that Fred isn't exactly elf material and, with Christmas fast approaching, this one bad seed could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year. Has Fred finally pushed his little brother to the brink? This time, what Fred may have stolen is Christmas itself, and it is going to take more than Rudolph to set things right.more
Rating: PG (for mild language and some rude humor)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Fogelman, Don Fogelman, Jessie Nelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2008
Box Office: $72.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Vince Vaughn
as Fred Claus
Paul Giamatti
as Nick (Santa) Claus
Miranda Richardson
as Annette Claus
Kathy Bates
as Mother Claus
Trevor Peacock
as Papa Claus
Jeremy Swift
as Bob Elf
Alan Corduner
as Dr. Goldfarb
Jordon Hull
as Young Fred (6 yrs ol...
Liam James
as Young Fred (12 yrs o...
Allan Corduner
as Dr. Goldfarb
Theo Stevenson
as Young Nick (6 yrs ol...
Allison Sparrow
as Girl w/ Plasma TV
Jean-Yves Thual
as Mission Control Elf
Danny McCarthy
as Salvation Army Santa
Keith Kupferer
as Salvation Army Santa
Craig J. Harris
as Jermaine Santa
Pete McCabe
as Scary Thug
Wesley Chu
as Bonsai Chef
Claudia Michelle Wal...
as Child Services Agent
Guy Massey
as Child Services Agent
Gabriel Pimentel
as Head Secret Service ...
Hassan Chikhaoui
as Secret Service Elf
Vitalie Babara
as Secret Service Elf
Morgane Monjauze
as Molly Gordon
Caden Niewolny
as Timmy Jackson
Angela Curran
as Old Woman Elf
Justin McEwen
as Orphange Kid
Tyler Kelley
as Orphange Kid
Dylan Minnette
as Orphange Kid
William Dick
as Group Leader
Frank Stallone
as Frank Stallone
Michael Mbhele
as DJ Donnie's Movement...
Melody Hollis
as Timmy Jackson's Sist...
Mike Bacarella
as Wanda's Neighbor
Rusty Goffe
as Elf/Frosty Bar Man
Pete Bonner
as Bonner Elf
Don Goodman
as Money Donor
Ramona Giambalvo
as Money Donor
Christ Kopoulos
as Money Donor
Jeannette Francis
as Money Donor
Patrick Morris
as Money Donor
Tracy M. Snell
as Slam's Adoptive Moth...
Antinko Zanjelo Wadd...
as Slam's Adoptive Fath...
Kiara Allyce Greene
as Slam's Adoptive Sist...
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News & Interviews for Fred Claus

Critic Reviews for Fred Claus

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (40)

Dobkin's film is lit up by a couple of genius scenes: first, a siblings support-group attended by Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin and Roger Clinton; second, a superb in-joke triggering Spacey's redemptive thaw-out, stoking a festive glow against the odds.

Full Review… | November 29, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It's no improvement on Bad Santa, or National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, for that matter.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Fred Claus will never go down in history as a holiday classic, or even one of Vaughn's better known films, but a sterling cast lifts up what could have been easy mediocrity.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

A turbulent ride that shifts tonal gears and messages like oscillations in the weather, ending in mythological frostbite.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Cinema Signals

Fred Claus is not an entirely bad picture, but it is a decidedly bland one.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Vaughn's act may be toned down a bit, but he still plays the same fast-talking, quip-spouting arrogant schmuck that he usually does, and it wears thin real fast.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Watertown Daily Times

Audience Reviews for Fred Claus

Great film, probably the best Xmas movie for years. It works mainly because of Vaughn and his deadpan, sarcastic deliveries and being an average Joe in his forties. It makes you feel good not because of the Xmas factor but because Vaughn makes you feel happy and comfortable about being an average Joe. The everyman who has to put up with life's crap just like the normal folk outside Hollywood.

Spacey and Giamatti are also very good in their roles as expected. It does look and play out like ALL other Xmas films but a slight twist on the plot, a few neat visual gags and some good verbal make all the difference. The legal side with Spacey is quite special but the sloppy ending almost spoils it...but its a nice flick.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Not the funniest film ever but it does make you feel like you need to be more tolerant of your family and help them out during the holidays. Something to get you in the mood.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

This is not a jolly film, its funny for a while and then becomes very dark and creepy, but had a great moral that some kids aren't bad, mayb ethey just didn't have a fair childhood and it wan't their fault, and they shouldn't be discriminated from any other kids.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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