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.


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

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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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