Fred Claus

  • PG
  • David Dobkin (2007)
  • US
  • 110 min
Fred Claus
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Vince Vaughn stars as Santa Claus's ne'er-do-well brother Fred, in a comedy that comes up woefully short on festive cheer. After centuries of not talking, Fred finally calls his younger sibling St Nicholas (Paul Giamatti) to borrow some cash to start up a betting business. Nicholas agrees, but onlyon condition that Fred return to the North Pole to work off his debt. From there, the story meanders betweentedious romantic subplots, a dastardly scheme to shut down Santa's workshop and Fred's desperate attempts to prove himself. Apart from a couple of amusing cameos, the lazy plotting and second-hand jokes are an insult to a talented cast (including Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Kevin Spacey). Vaughn's wisecracking routine went down well with audiences in Wedding Crashers - his earlier collaboration with director David Dobkin - but here it just seems awkward in such a family-orientated film.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. Santa's wayward older brother needs a large cash loan to start up a betting business, so who better to ask than the biggest present giver of them all. But before Saint Nick hands over a penny he needs a hand with the Christmas rush.

Cast and crew

Cast

Fred Claus
Vince Vaughn
Santa Claus
Paul Giamatti
Willie
John Michael Higgins
Annette Claus
Miranda Richardson
Wanda
Rachel Weisz
Mother Claus
Kathy Bates
Papa Claus
Trevor Peacock
DJ Donnie
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
Charlene
Elizabeth Banks (2)
Clyde
Kevin Spacey
Elf
Burn Gorman

Crew

Director
David Dobkin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Nov 2007
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Comedy