DIRECTOR: David Dobkin


May Contain Spoilers!

Will we be adding this to our collection? MAYBE

Fred Claus. What a title. Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti star as Frederich and Nicholas Claus, or Santa Claus to everyone else. The idea is simple: Two brothers grow apart and in opposite directions because one is destined to become Saint Nick and the other isn’t. Fred (Vaughn) is a cynical character who is a Repo man in contrast to his brother, but is in need of $50,000 for a sure-fire business venture.

He asks his brother for help, who in turn makes a deal in which Fred will visit him in the North Pole and help out for a few days, with the agenda of building some bridges between the estranged siblings. But things obviously go aerie. But the beauty of this movie was that it wasn’t the Christmas or Kids film which I was expecting it to be. The comedy was broad and not limited to Christmas. Shmaltz was toned down and replaced with some well placed comedic ideas, such as the ‘corporation Santa Claus’, in with Christmas is a money-making racket run from the top.

A pleasant surprise and not Vince Vaughn’s worst film by any stretch and as well conceived as it was executed.

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