Directed by David Dobkin
  • Vince Vaughn
  • Paul Giamatti
  • John Michael Higgins
  • Miranda Richardson
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Kathy Bates
  • Trevor Peacock
  • Ludacris
  • Elizabeth Banks
Screenplay by Dan Fogelman
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy


UK Release Date 30th November 2007


When Fred’s troublemaking ways finally land him in big trouble, his saintly sibling, Nicholas (Paul Giamatti), bails him out and brings him to the North Pole to work off the debt by making toys. But is he going to cause more trouble than it’s worth?

Is The Plot Interesting?

The idea that Santa has a naughty older brother just doesn’t seem possible, yet this movie makes it possible. I found it highly enjoyable to watch Santa Claus interact with his sibling.


Is The Acting Good?

Paul Giamatti plays one of the best Santa Clauses that I’ve ever seen. I thought his Santa Claus was fun and joyful yet had a sense of practicality and authenticity about him that I hadn’t seen before in a movie.

Is The Directing Good?

I’ve liked a few of David Dobkin’s movies, so naturally I was interested to see where he would take Fred Claus. And although this isn’t his best movie, I was mildly impressed at the way he directed it.


Is The Cinematography Good?

I have to say, nothing about the cinematography really grabbed my attention or moved the plot forward. Although, I did like the way the snowball fight between the two brothers was filmed.

Is It Worth Watching?

Fred Claus, in my opinion, is the most enjoyable Christmas movie that I’ve seen. And it does give a little tug on the heartstrings during the last quarter of the movie that I thought was very  genuine.


Yeah, but all that matters is that each of the kids get a toy. That they have something that they can open when they wake up in the morning. Most importantly, they all know there’s somebody who’s thinking about them.

– Vince Vaughn as Fred Claus