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Fred Claus (2007)

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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

Director:

David Dobkin

Writers:

Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jessie Nelson (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Fred Claus
Paul Giamatti ... Nick 'Santa' Claus
John Michael Higgins ... Willie
Miranda Richardson ... Annette Claus
Rachel Weisz ... Wanda
Kathy Bates ... Mother Claus
Trevor Peacock ... Papa Claus
Ludacris ... DJ Donnie (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Elizabeth Banks ... Charlene
Jeremy Swift ... Bob Elf
Elizabeth Berrington ... Linda Elf
Kevin Spacey ... Clyde
Rio Hackford ... Leon
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Samuel 'Slam' Gibbons
Allan Corduner ... Dr. Goldfarb
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Storyline

During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everybody has that one relative who can't help but cause problems over the holidays. Even Santa. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Vince Vaughn/David Dobkin Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,515,473, 11 November 2007

Gross USA:

$72,006,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,838,349
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins have work on several shows together. Pitch Perfect (2012) and its sequels as the comedic (with a plethora of sexually innuendos) competition commentators. See more »

Goofs

In one shot during the fight on the snowmobile, the background is painted and clearly fake. See more »

Quotes

Willie: Are you sure you wouldn't be more comfortable on bottom, Fred?
Fred Claus: To be honest Willie, I don't think it's gonna make much of a difference either way.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are covered in snow and Christmas tree lights. See more »

Connections

Features A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Cats Medley
Arranged by Mike Spalla
Performed by Jingle Cats
Courtesy of Jingle Cats Records
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User Reviews

 
Thought it was great and even a little insightful.
9 November 2007 | by marfy_98See all my reviews

I thought this movie was very funny. My sons were begging to go see it so on a whim we decided to take them tonight. Just got back home and the kids were so excited that they laughed about it all the way home. I also think the movie shows a lot about sibling rivalry and how over the years it can blow up and get worse without anyone really realizing that it is happening. There were a lot of funny moments and I noticed everyone in our packed theater was laughing in what seemed to me all the right areas. I think this movie also shows how childhood disappointments can have effects long into your future. Either way, it was a very entertaining way to spend 2 hours and I would see it again.


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