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Santa's black-sheep brother gets a much-needed shot at redemption in this holiday comedy reuniting actor Vince Vaughn and director David Dobkin (Clay Pigeons, Wedding Crashers). It's not easy being th... read more read more...e brother of a benevolent and beloved saint, and no one knows that better than Fred Claus (Vaughn). After struggling for years to live up to the example set by his younger sibling Nicholas (Paul Giamatti), Fred has finally given up. These days Fred is working as a repo man taken to stealing the items he repossesses, and his shady tactics have just landed him in jail. While Mrs. Claus vehemently insists that Fred fend for himself, Nicholas refuses to sit idly by as his brother rots in jail and agrees to set bail if Fred will repay the debt by coming to the North Pole and help make toys for the upcoming Christmas season. But Fred isn't nearly as productive as your average elf, and he's got quite an attitude to boot. With Christmas fast approaching and Fred threatening to sideline Nicholas' entire finely tuned operation, the brother that always struggled to get out from under his sibling's substantial shadow finds out just how far the patience of a saint can be pushed before jolly old Santa reaches his breaking point. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008

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  • 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.
  • December 19, 2011
    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!
  • 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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