Fred Claus

Fred Claus

David Dobkin (2007)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Santa's selfish brother Fred has been ostracised by his family for years, but when his crooked ways land him in jail, his brother comes along to bail him out on one condition - he must return to the family business and make toys for Christmas. But instead of cleaning up his act, Fred pushes Santa's patience to the limit with his far from festive attitude. Comedy, starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Weisz, Miranda Richardson and Kevin Spacey.

Cast & Crew

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
Director David Dobkin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing and sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Nov 2007