Published December 24, 2022
- 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.
|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.|
|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.”|
|1:18:49||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