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Fred Claus
Category Comedy , Festive , Family
Year: 2007
Time: 116 minutes
Production: Warner Bros.
Director: David Dobkin
Cast:
Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, John Michael Higgins, Kevin Spacey, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Ludacris, Kathy Bates
MPAA PG
Our Rating 6/10 - For letting Vince Vaugh loose ... and the Brothers Anonymous Group scenes!
Watchability 6/10
 
Plot:

Fred has always lived in his brothyer's shadow - which is not too difficult when your brother, Nick, happens to be Santa Claus! Fred badly needs $50,000 and turns to his brother for help.  Nick agrees to give him the money - but only if he travels to the North Pole to help out for a few days during the busy season.

Yet with an auditor on-site with a grudge, and Fred's tendency for self-destruction, is the North Pole about to be shut down for good?  Will Santa be out of a job before New Years?!

 
So, how does it end?

Fred and Nick get into a huge snowball fight - ending up with Nick putting his back out, and Fred storming off home.  Nick is overcome with feelings of guilt and joins a Brothers Anonymous Group where he is sat next to Stephen Baldwin, and the brothers of Bill Clinton and Sylvester Stallone.  The Clinton brother's speech really gets to him, and Fred decides to head back to the North Pole to help out.

Meanwhile Clyde (Spacey) has given Santa his Third Strike when he shows surveillance footage of Fred stamping each kid's record with the 'Nice' Stamp.  Fred arrives at the workshop and tells them to roll out the quickest toys to make -- baseball bats and hula hoops.  He gets in the sleigh with Willie and gets to work.  He is against the clock to make it around the workd and get back before sunrise, but the Elves at Mission Control lend a hand.

Suddenly ... Clyde pulls the plug and the power is out. Fred and Willie are flying blind.

Nick approaches Clyde, and remembers his wish as a boy.  Clyde was on the naughty list, but just because he was bullied.  Nick realises that his brother was right all along and every kid deserves a chance, while he gives Clyde the Superman cape he asked for.  Clyde is full of remorse, but they cannot turn on the power again.

Everyone waits nervously ... until just before sunrise Fred and Willie return. Willie walks up to Charlene, grabs a stool, and kisses her.

Fred returns home, and makes amends with his girlfriend by giving her a present and promising to take her to Paris.

As it ends we see that Clyde was hired by Santa as a consultant to help the Elves with their timekeeping and paperwork, while the whole family meets for dinner and they can finally enjoy each other's company.

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