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Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, John Michael Higgins, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz ... see more see more... , Kathy Bates , Trevor Peacock , Chris "Ludacris" Bridges , Elizabeth Banks , Kevin Spacey , Jeremy Swift , Elizabeth Berrington , Rio Hackford , Bobb'e J. Thompson , Alan Corduner , Jordon Hull , Liam James , Theo Stevenson , Allison Sparrow , Fern Zimmerman , Danny McCarthy , Keith Kupferer , Craig J. Harris , Pete McCabe , Jonathan Cullen , Wesley Chu , Claudia Michelle Wallace , Guy Massey , Gabriel Pimentel , Hassan Chikhaoui , Vitalie Babara , Morgane Monjauze , Caden Niewolny , Angela Curran , Celia Henebury , Justin McEwen , Tyler Kelley , Dylan Minnette , Laurel Anne White , Patrick Zielinski , William Dick , Frank Stallone , Roger Clinton , Stephen Baldwin , Jean-Yves Thual , Michael Mbhele , Burn Gorman , Orlando Seale , Charles Condou , Melody Hollis , Mike Bacarella , Bert Matias , Rusty Goffe , Pete Bonner , Tamara Aranovskaya , Natalia Avraimova , Irina Cheplyshkina , Shamil Galeev , Afiya Izmailova , Anton Khardarkevich , Zinaida Khardarkevich , Viktor Kharur , Zinaida Kharuk , Tatyana Kutaleva , Tatiana Lakhmytkina , Valentina Lipen , Vano Miranyan , Nadezda Miranova , Tetyana Moskalenko , Andriy Nagiyen , Firaya Nutfullina , Alexander Pavlov , Tatiana Pavlova , Antanina Satsura , Nadiia Shchava , Svetlana Shishkevich , Galina Shurygina , Irina Skrinichenko , Nina Sorokoletova , Victor Sovpenets , Veronika Starostina , Inna Sushkova , Mykola Yevdokymov , Alexey Zalatin , Don Goodman , Ramona Giambalvo , Christ Kopoulos , Jeannette Francis , Patrick Morris , Douglas Colber , Beth Kondrat , Debra Congram , Erich K. Kurschat , Deanna Edgerson , Anthony D. Potempa , Robert H. Frenier , Paul E. Reineck , Johanna K. Hauki , Julie Simms , Tracy M. Snell , Antinko Zanjelo Waddell , Kiara Allyce Greene , Judi Dench , Ludacris , Joseph Mazurk

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, ... read more read more...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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DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008

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  • July 9, 2014
    You don't have to be a cynical old Scrooge like me to see through this transparent nonsense. The moral message is totally confused, just when it becomes time to explain themselves, someone throws a dwarf in the air like it's funny and socially acceptable. Where exactly was Santa ... read moreborn and in what time period? At least it got one thing right, Christmas is all about receiving - that's it. I would say that this is just another capitalist consumer Coca-cola Christmas story but I don't think the writers are that intelligent. The only redeeming feature was the support for people living in their brothers shadow scene but then even that felt like a wasted opportunity. I can't say I was that disappointed though as it pretty much matched my low expectations. Directed by David Dobkin, ah now it makes sense!
  • May 14, 2012
    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... read more 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.
  • December 26, 2011
    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.
  • August 15, 2011
    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.
  • fb733768972
    August 27, 2010
    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 definite... read morely not a great film in anyway, but it is extremely touching.
  • January 4, 2010
    This Christmas movie is funny and has many hilarious moments. The message that there is no naughty child and consequently every child deserves a Christmas gift is great. The cast leaded by Vince Vaughn is fantastic and I really liked this movie.
  • December 12, 2009
    its a cute little christmas movie that makes you lighten up the mood for christmas!
    its funny, cute and has a great cast!
    Worth a watch!
  • December 5, 2009
    I dont know, I think it was worth watching once.
  • August 9, 2009
    Was'nt really fuss about this but took a looky and wow i loved it.Very funny and loved the two lead in this,rest of the cast is good to in there supporting roles.
    Yes it still has a christmas message to be good and all that crap but not really rubbed in your face that much.
    All... read more in all great movie and worth checking out now or at christmas time..
  • January 3, 2009
    Finally a mondern Christmas movie, that you don't have to worry about cursing and nasty scenes. My faith is almost restored in Hollywood. This is a pretty cool movie as Fred Claus is forced due to finances to go help Santa for Christmas, and Santa comes up lame and Fred Saves the... read more Day. Oh yea its going in my collection and very few Christmas films after 1989 make it there.

Critic Reviews

Jonathan Crocker
November 29, 2007
Jonathan Crocker, Time Out

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 redemp... Full Review

Richard Corliss
November 12, 2007
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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

Richard Roeper
November 12, 2007
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

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

Claudia Puig
November 9, 2007
Claudia Puig, USA Today

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. Full Review

Peter Howell
November 9, 2007
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

It senselessly dims an idea that should shine as brightly as Rudolph's nose. Full Review

Tom Keogh
November 9, 2007
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

Vaughn gets plenty of mileage exploring both the painful and fun sides of Fred. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
November 9, 2007
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

A complete bust, derivative and uninspired, boring and dull, not funny, not moving and about a half hour too long. Full Review

Carina Chocano
November 9, 2007
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

Fred Claus turns out to be not bad for a Santa movie, which I suppose could be interpreted as either faint or excessive praise, depending on your view. Full Review

Roger Moore
November 9, 2007
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Friend, you may find yourself wondering how we ever survived the holidays without a Christmas dose of Vince. Full Review

Steven Boone
November 9, 2007
Steven Boone, Newark Star-Ledger

The satire on globalism and downsizing is also as old as the Clinton administration, but that doesn't stop director David Dobkin from selling it like fresh goods. Full Review

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