Fred Claus

Fred Claus
Fred Claus
  • PG
  • 1h 48m
  • 2007
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Vince Vaugn and director David Dobkin, the team responsible for the hilarious Wedding Crashers, return to take on Christmas! When Santa Claus' little known, older brother, Fred (Vaughn--Wedding Crasher, The Break-Up), returns to the North Pole, the black sheep of the family manages to create comic chaos that almost destroys Christmas before finally proving that he isn't the loser that the younger Claus has always believed him to be.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Critics Consensus: A slew of talent is wasted in this contrived and overly sentimental Christmas film, which can't quite get the balance between slapstick humor and schmaltzy uplift.
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Time Out
Hank Sartin
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June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
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June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
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Fred Claus tries desperately for a Bad Santa meets Elf vibe. Five minutes in, the man sitting next...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

The spirit of Scrooge surges strong within me having watched this chillingly cynical and unfunny C...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Jonathan Crocker
Fresh

Dobkin's film is lit up by a couple of genius scenes: first, a siblings support-group attended by...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Holiday comedy's no classic, but it's OK for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that since this is the first Christmas-themed movie of the season, kids might be extra interested in seeing it. The trailers and ads feature the comedy's silly elves and slapsticky nature, and that's exactly what you get (along with a heaping sleighful of brand-name toys). This is no serious, high-minded holiday story; it's a simple comedy about Santa's jealous brother. While there's nothing scary or troubling in the movie, there are a few scenes of couples kissing (including Santa and his wife, and two elves) and a sad moment when an orphan says he doesn't believe in Santa. Fred and Santa get into a fight, as do Fred and a group of angry Salvation Army Santas, and there's some relatively mild language ("crap," "hell," etc.).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:November 9, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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