Fred Claus

Published December 24, 2022

Fred Claus

Film info

  • Title Fred Claus
  • Director David Dobkin
  • Year 2007
  • Run time 1hr 56m
  • Genres Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Everybody has that one relative who can't help but cause problems over the holidays. Even Santa.

This is a story you've never heard before, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about Fred Claus, Santa's brother - and complete opposite. After growing up in saintly Nick's shadow, Fred becomes a grouch who's lost his belief in Christmas. Then, one magical December, Fred flies north (first class via reindeer) to find brother Nick is in trouble: a scheming efficiency expert is out to shut down Christmas forever! Expect fun by the sleighful as Fred helps save Christmas and rediscovers the gift of family.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:33 That’s the guy from Vicar of Dibley and I can’t take that seriously.
5:05 Turns out santa as a kid is pretty annoying.
7:18 Mmm, 16,000 bags of Cheetos.
12:52 Santa as a megalomaniac is interesting.
17:19 Santa BUNDLE.
23:46 I like that he did just say he was the boy’s father, no questions asked.
27:46 The Pitch Perfect team are back together!!
32:10 “Ooh, you Scrooge, you lose.”
35:48 What board is in charge of Santa?
44:24 Even the Claus family have tension over the holidays.
52:38 “I know you’ve got more Blitzen in you than you realise.”
1:02:29 How does he sleep sideways on that bed?
1:06:34 “Don’t bring a snowmobile to a snowball fight.”
1:11:52 Frank Stallone!
1:18:49 That sounds like a Claus clause to me.
1:30:46 Doesn’t he star in Superman movies after this?
1:42:39 “I’m positive too! I’m positive I’m right.”
1:44:50 Stephen Baldwin, Roger Clinton and Frank Stallone. WHAT.


Mixed feelings about this one - it’s a great cast (except, you know) and the concept is interesting and fun. I like that it’s a slightly darker take on festive stories, to balance out the sugary sweetness of many others. But I feel like it could have been so much better. Vince’s babbling didn’t quite fit, for me, I’m assuming a lot of that was him improvising. And the CG to make the elves smaller fell a little bit into that uncanny valley so that it was a little bit creepy.

But it was entertaining and certainly a lot better than many other Christmas films around.

Rating: 3 / 5

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