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Plot: 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? Runtime: 116 mins Release Date: 08 Nov 2007
I have to be honest, when this movie came out I wasn't very keen on seeing this movie, even though it had Vince in the lead whose comedy i really like, it was the whole premise of the movie which was putting me off and reading the reviews did not help either because they were not doing the movie any justice. Now finally after a good 8 or 9 months of the films theatrical release, I happened to get it on DVD and boy was I surprised. This film is not your average Vince Vaughn comedy film with lots of slick lines, it has a very few of those, I think this was marketed a little bit vaguely <more>
because it certainly is not a comedy but it is a good drama/family movie with quite a lot of heart and especially if you have a brother, watch this movie it wont change your life or anything but for those 2 hours it will make you feel good about yourself.
Funniest movie of this holiday season (by frenchy182)
Really funny movie. Vince Vaughn is at one his best performances and does what he does best and the supporting cast is great and makes this a funny, well rounded movie. Don't listen to anyone who says it's horrible. They don't know squat. Funny xmas movie Enjoy this movie from start to finish. I couldn't stop listening. Director did an excellent job. funny funny funny funny! funny! Better than Superbad and Knocked Up put together. One of the true comedies of this season and I hope there are more to come just like this because I will keep going to the movies and enjoy. Again, <more>
don't listen to anyone who says they didn't like it at all. They are a little slow in the head.
When I 1st heard that Vince Vaughn and Paul giamatti were in this i was more than enthused. I started reading all these neg. reviews so those kind of deterred me a little but, boy am i glad i did go see it the story was excellent the acting even better. Vince Vaughn is at the top of his game. He is his usual part boy character but this one seems different. The supporting cast was also good i especially loved seeing ludicrous making a cameo appearance as a elf DJ. The guy who was in the breakup with Vince was also good. I'm talking about the gay brother. It was good to see giamatti playing <more>
Santa and that back story at the beginning priceless so go see it well worth the price of admission
The Best Santa Clause movie ever (by clarkkent_superman_krypt)
This movie Rocks! This is the first Holiday movie I've ever gone to that people were actually clapping at the end of.First, Vince Vaughn as Fred Clause the older brother to Santa Clause was pure genius.Fred comes off as total jerk at the beginning of the movie, then we find out that it's because hes always in the shadow of his younger brother. Santa Clause, who gives to the children of the world the presents they have always wanted. But Santa never got the one thing he always wanted. His family altogether for the holidays. So this causes both brothers to bud heads a lot.Second, Kevin <more>
Spacey is amazing once again as the villain! Kevin Spacey's character Clyde comes to the North Pole to investigate why The North Poles production has decreased over the last few years. While Clyde is investigating the North Pole his goals to shut it down become to easy when Fred Clause comes to work for his brother Santa in the North Pole. When Fred arrives he begins causing all kinds of mayhem that delay the production of presents before Christmas. Clyde uses Fred's mayhem against Santa and promptly shuts the North Pole down. Third, Rachel Weisz is adorable as the girlfriend of Fred Clause. Having seen her work in other movies, she really was fun and energetic in this movie.Paul Giamatti really was fantastic as Santa Clause. He seemed tailor made for this role.While this movie isn't as innocent as Tim Allen's "Santa Clause" franchise its certainly more realistic. When it comes to family drama during the holidays. Overall this movie is amazing!oh! by the way Any Superman Returns fans out there will get a kick out of Kevin Spacey's characters reason for being a Villain!
As an avid lover of traditional Christmas movies, I was not expecting a lot out of Fred Claus. However, I bought it because I wanted something new for my 6 year old, and I really like Vince Vaughn. Many people I talked to didn't like Fred Claus because Vince Vaughn is "the same as he is in every movie." I happen to love that. The rest of the cast was A+ and gave perfect performances. I LOVED THIS MOVIE and would recommend it to anyone who loves Christmas! There were so many funny parts as well as heart warming sweet moments that this movie was one that my 6 year old son and I <more>
could enjoy together. I'm glad I skipped renting and just bought this movie as it will be one I look forward to every year.
It won't win any Oscars but it was a nice holiday movie... (by NancyLou9)
I saw a sneak preview of this today at a military installation and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, Vince Vaughn's character can get a little annoying, but I think that's kind of the point.Throughout the movie, we are shown the brother of Santa Claus who is everyone's favorite and most emphatic love, and his own brother HATES him! Okay,hate is a strong word. When asked, Fred actually says, "No, I don't hate you. I just wish you had never been born." Then we are presented with a mother who's sole reason for being is to adore her son Nicholas while working overtime to <more>
make Fred feel like dirt on her shoes. This is very much a guy with self-esteem and family issues. His life is in the toilet and he has no real ambition beyond "get rich quick".It is through a series in interactions not just with his brother though he is a big part of it but with the elves, his parents and his girlfriend that he comes to realize what a waste his life has really been. It is also the same time he realizes he hasn't really been the brother he promised he'd be.As much as I am trying to avoid saying too much about the movie, I really feel my favorite scene was in the room full of siblings of famous people. Wow, was that funny! "He's not Alec!!!!" Don't go to this looking for any award winning moments, though I will say there were a couple times I got a little emotional. This is Christmas entertainment with a wonderful cast and well-written script. The North Pole sets were beautiful and elves hilarious. As much as I enjoyed "The Santa Clause", I enjoyed "Fred Clause" more.Go see it and take the kids. There's nothing in it that is too racy. There's a message in there too and everyone will love the movie. In the end, we are left with a good Christmas-y feeling.The only reason I rated it nine out of ten stars is because for a short time in the beginning, it seemed to drag a little bit, belaboring the point that Fred was a loser who cared for no one but himself.
Surprised at some of the other reviews . . . (by jwalker019)
My partner and I loved this movie. We own a couple hundred Christmas movies and are only able to watch a small subset each year, but I think this will go into our "rotation" as a perennial favorite.Vince Vaughn is his typical self - caustic but charming. Paul Giamatti is great as a jolly Santa Claus who's got just a little bit too much on his plate this year, what with family and productivity challenges . . . Kathy Bates and Trevor Peacock make great parents for the Claus siblings, and Kevin Spacey is great is his pivotal role. The special effects are also excellent: seamless <more>
and effective - the North Pole never looked better ;- In short, this is a fun and funny Christmas movie. See it!
I have seen 8 films in the last 72 hours and I can tell you now this one was worth the money. When I first saw the one sheet with Vaughn and Giamatti together it made no difference to me who played Santa because it couldn't help but be a hit- then I saw the trailers- and the more I saw the trailers the less I wanted to see this film despite being a Joel Silver Production . Pay no attention to the spoilers- this film was great!!Fred Clause is blessed with a baby brother he loves but can not measure up in the eyes of his mother- Nick though saintly has his flaws too even his wife is <more>
concerned about his eating habits Fred is always on the shady side of a get rich quick scheme and when one of those schemes get him in jail- with no one else to call he calls Nick much to the dismay of his sister in law. Eventually the hundreds of years of sibling rivalry come to a boil and the trouble still isn't over. If the highlights you have seen of this movie leave you thinking it is a cookie cutter story about the cool brother helping out the square- think again. There are many gems amid the films unseen scenes- and anyone with a heart or funny bone will not be disappointed- this film was great.
This movie hit on many emotional vibes of Brothers & Sons and for that I give it a great recommendation... It spoke to my nephew, he liked it - I think he appreciated the honesty in the relationships. Vince Vaughn has a great sarcastic humor that fits his character well... and I thought they did a great job showing how messy lives can get before they get any better ~ how hurtful small things can be, and how amplified they become as we grow. Kevin Spacey was a nice plus...they could have developed that a little better - but it was good. Overall, I felt a couple adjustments would have made <more>
it perfect, it was a GREAT idea Santa's Brother made us laugh and we were real happy about seeing it... I would recommend it definitely.