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Great film, probably the best Xmas movie for years. It works mainly because of Vaughn and his deadpan, sarcastic deliveries and being an average Joe in his forties. It makes you feel good not because of the Xmas factor but because Vaughn makes you feel happy and comfortable about being an average Joe. The everyman who has to put up with life's crap just like the normal folk outside Hollywood. Spacey and Giamatti are also very good in their roles as expected. It does look and play out like ALL other Xmas films but a slight twist on the plot, a few neat visual gags and some good verbal make all the difference. The legal side with Spacey is quite special but the sloppy ending almost spoils it...but its a nice flick.
- phubbs1, Monday, May 14, 2012
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
this was a bad movie, lets just get that out of the way. i rate it this high however because there were two scenes, the superman scene and the brothers anonymous scene, that were amazing, and because the cast was phenomenal despite the silly script. elizabeth banks might be more beautiful in this film than in any ive seen, and the cameo's were excellent. there are a lot of downsides however. the whole "board" thing is stupid, who can shut down santa? and some of the conflicts created were contrived. the film did have an odd charm to it that made it fun. while not a new holiday classic, its watchable.
- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, December 16, 2008