I've heard about Fred Claus for many years, and I didn't really feel like watching it. When I seen all the films that Dan Fogelman has written and really like, except for Cars 2, but that's a different review and he was only one of the storywriters of it. So consider that Fred Claus is the most negative received film from his filmography, I probably thought that like James Wan films, even his worst films are decent. Sadly like Insidious: Chapter 2, they are right on this one. The movie is about Fred Claus who's the brother of Santa Claus who comes to visit him for money problem wise, which then there's a expert coming in the North Pole to see if things are going as plan, if not, then he can shut the workshop down. The plot is not original at all and you heard it multiple times in children films. The cast are really good, and Vince Vaughn does get a laugh out of me at times, but there are also times where he's not funny, or goes on long conversations that didn't even get a chuckle out of me. There's a character that turns out to be the villain which, is really not needed and really could've been better if that character go down through the Lilo & Stitch route while giving somewhat of a reason why he's doing this. Another thing that was really not needed was the chemistry between Willie and Charlene So while I didn't care about the characters as they are a bit mean-spirited, the only character that I actually care about, is Santa Claus. Not because it's Santa, but it's because the movie portrayed him as an overworked one that has to deal with Christmas, the expert, and his own brother, so it really made me feel sorry for him and I think that Paul Giamatti's character the most developed in the film. Things don't make any sense and I had so many questions that weren't answered at all. It was mostly depressing to watch and wasn't really fun to watch, until the final act of the film where it gets very funny, more well written, and has one of the most heartwarming scenes in a Christmas movie, which is weird consider that the movie gets too serious, gets too immature, or gets too sentimental, this has the right balance of having a bit of of each without going overboard on the other. Fred Claus was close to be a guilty pleasure for me, but the film was too stupid enough for me to think that it's bad, but I'll still watch it whenever it's on cable or when I rent it for Christmas.