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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
Fred Claus is very cliche and very boring, right up until it hits ist's mark halfway through. It earns back everything it was drgging behind and leaves you with just enough emotion to cry along with at the end. Tears of joy filled my eyes, and it should to everyone. It's definitely not a great film in anyway, but it is extremely touching.
- fb733768972, Friday, August 27, 2010
Fred Claus fails to deliver a classic Christmas movie that will impact audiences for years to come. It's not as endearing as Elf nor is it as funny as Bad Santa or Jim Carey's Grinch. What's even more disappointing is this film's attempt at being family oriented. It's more like a drama pretending to be a Christmas movie. This film deals with a wide variety of inner struggles and other deep family issues that aren't conventional in family-oriented Christmas films. These underlying themes overshadowed the overall atmosphere. Where Fred Claus succeeds is it's casting and delivery. The film boasts an all star cast: Vince Vaughn, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey, Paul Giamatti, Kathy Bates, Jessica Banks, and Ludacris. ALL of them completely wasted here... especially Weisz! You come to expect nothing short of Oscar-worthy performances from her lately, but yet this role was a complete waste that could've been used by a no-namer. Kevin Spacey was the only big name who did something special with his role. He was the perfect diabolical creepy Christmas killer. There was also a really good cameo scene with Roger Clinton, Frank Stallone, and Stephen Baldwin... get the connection? Not-so famous brothers who are over-shadowed by their famous siblings... a bit cheesy and it's definitely over kill, but it was still entertaining. In the end, it doesn't feel like a Christmas film and it won't stand out as a classic. I don't recommend it. Vince Vaughn delivers some funny lines, and all the A-list actors can't save this film. It's at least better than all those Tim Allen Christmas films....
- DerekA101, Monday, December 15, 2008