Fred Claus

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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.



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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.

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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 old)
Allan Corduner
as Dr. Goldfarb
Liam James
as Young Fred (12 yrs old)
Theo Stevenson
as Young Nick (6 yrs old)
Allison Sparrow
as Girl w/ Plasma TV
Jean-Yves Thual
as Mission Control Elf
Julie Simms
as Singer #10
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 Wallace
as Child Services Agent
Guy Massey
as Child Services Agent
Gabriel Pimentel
as Head Secret Service Elf
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 Movements
Melody Hollis
as Timmy Jackson's Sister
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 Mother
Antinko Zanjelo Waddell
as Slam's Adoptive Father
Kiara Allyce Greene
as Slam's Adoptive Sister
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Critic Reviews for Fred Claus

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (40)

The spirit of Scrooge surges strong within me having watched this chillingly cynical and unfunny Christmas movie.

Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

The movie is less ho-ho-ho than uh-oh, or oh-no.

Nov 12, 2007 | Full Review…

There are some scattered big laughs and a sweet message here, so I'm giving it a mild recommendation.

Nov 12, 2007

As derivative and predictable as any of the holiday comedies of the past few years, providing audiences with at best a handful of laughs. Most of it is uninspired.

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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It senselessly dims an idea that should shine as brightly as Rudolph's nose.

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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
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
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
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Fred Claus is very cliche and very boring, right up until it hits ist's mark halfway through. It earns back everything it was drgging behind and leaves you with just enough emotion to cry along with at the end. Tears of joy filled my eyes, and it should to everyone. It's definitely not a great film in anyway, but it is extremely touching.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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