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Fred Claus

comedy


A hilarious and heartwarming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti about Santa's brother, and complete opposite, Fred Claus.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    21%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5

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.).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's themes: sibling rivalry, naughty behavior, and Christmas greed. Santa's parents, especially his mother, clearly favored him over Fred. How did that make Fred feel and act toward his family? How does he redeem himself? Why does the average Santa letter include a request for 15 toys? Is that a good thing? Are there any toys you want after seeing them in the movie? Why do you want them? What do you think about Fred's comment that no kid is naughty, and that every kid deserves one toy? Do you think that's true? Kids: How can you help a child like Slam receive a gift this holiday season?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    21%
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  • Audience

    45%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Monday, December 26, 2011

3 stars

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.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Monday, December 26, 2011

0 star

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 born 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! http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/fred-claus-dir-david-dobkin-2007-you.html

- SirPant, Wednesday, July 9, 2014