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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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.

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  • Dec 11, 2013
    With such a stellar cast this should have been so much better. However it's not a terrible film and I enjoyed it whilst watching it. It's only afterwards that I thought there was a lot more potential for comedy here. The film doesn't seem to know who its target audience is. The humour isn't strong enough for either adults or children and Vaughn has a hard job making his character likable. The best thing about the film is Giamatti (isn't it always!) and his scenes with Spacey are funny and (towards the end) moving. Overall and decent christmas film but it's never going to be a classic.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2011
    Good movie. Just it's a little frustrating for geeks like me because there is so much left unexplained about who could fire Santa? Who are the brothers are they strictly human? And so much else, wisely they decided that if you could believe in a guy flying around the world in one night delivering presents to every child without explanation you could just swallow everything else in the story too and it works, in a cute love the holidays emotional way, It's just a little frustrating if you like to put reasons to everything in a story.
    Sean S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2011
    Fred Claus is a fun, refreshing Christmas film thanks in part to the unique brand of comedy that Vince Vaughn brings. The casting is terrific; Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti make a great comedic pairing and deliver a ton of laughs (assisted by some excellent cameos). The story's also a lot of fun and has a good message as well. Fred Claus is a modern Christmas classic that's great family fun and full of laughs for all ages.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    What can I say? I thought it was funny and it had heart.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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