|Fred Claus (DVD, 2008, Widescreen & Full Screen)|
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|Fred Claus (Le frère Noël), Good DVD, Kevin Spacey, Elizabeth Banks, Kathy Bates|
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Just in time for 2007 Christmas stockings, this film was one on the top of my list to buy and keep. Co-produced by the star Vince Vaughn, this could just as well been a holiday piece film that has just about everything for everyone.
We find this story quite peaceful and quaint as Mrs. Claus (Kathy Bates) delivers her second boy. The child comes out saying Ho..Ho..Ho. So we soon find out that little Nicholas must be our future Santa. Later on in life, the sibling rivalry thing between Fred and Nicholas begins at the moment Fred's younger brother cuts down a tree and crushes his birdhouse.
Santa really delivers a ton of acting, played by Paul Giamatti, who has been in quite a number of movies that didn't think did him justice.
Kevin Spacey had a major role in shaping the outcome of this movie, playing an uptight efficiency expert sent up to the North Pole to put additional pressure on Santa and make the story more definite. Kathy Bates plays Santa's and Fred's mother which adds more stress on top of this already furious sibling duo.
Just when you get to feeling like Fred is a just an angry, uncaring, jealous, and wears a chip on his shoulder, he comes back to take care of his brother St. Nick's duties of delivering all the toys to the waiting world. Fred delivers the most heart wrenching speech in the film to Slam after giving him a puppy. Slam really doesn't know that this year's Santa was good 'ole Fred.
Fred says this to Slam:
"The world is what you make it.
It all starts with what you make of yourself.
Now I want you to believe in yourself, Slam. Because, you have a lot to
believe in. The rest will kinda' fall into place."
Make sure you check out the deleted scenes section where you will find many expanded cuts and additional comedic relief not present in the final cut of the film.
The sibling rivalry focus group is the funniest of all when Fred comes back from the North Pole and enters into a group discussion where we find Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton, and Alec Baldwin talking about their problems with their brothers.
I'm going to give this a 4/5 for wonderful graphics and elf-filled scenes, but a little slow and contentious in places.
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Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) stars in this offbeat comedy with Paul Giamatti (Duets, Lady in the Water and many many more), Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) and Kathy Bates (Misery, Titanic).
Vaughn plays 'Fred' the emotionally beaten older brother of Nick Claus (Giamatti).
Fred and his brother Nick have been at odds for hundreds of years over how 'goodies, goodies' Nick has been and that he was always Mom's (Kathy Bates) favorite.
When Fred gets into trouble and lands in Jail he calls upon his younger brother to bail him out and help him with another one of his get rich quick schemes. Nick compels Fred to come visit him at the North Pole and 'earn' the money rather than give it to him.
What follows is a wonderful example of two brothers who do not normally get along finally coming together.
This is a very predictable movie, but it is entertaining and at times very funny. One part that I found interesting was when Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton, and Stephen Baldwin are in a meeting that Fred is attending and a discussion of their 'famous' brothers takes place.
Rated 4 of 5 for good it's good humor.
All Vaughn fans will love this one.
This is a great movie for the whole family to watch. The movie is PG so don't worry Vince Vaughn has a filter on but he still gets to play the part of the depressed jerk that humors you constantly. Paul Giamatti plays a great part as his brother but the kids get confused because Santa is the younger brother (Paul Giamatti). But all is good with short appearances from Kathy Bates and Kevin Spacey. Bottom line you have a great rental here but buy this one if you are going to break it out during the holidays.
I have my traditional favorites, love my comedy's this took the number one spot..
Kathy Bates,Paul Giamatti,Vince Vaughn, Rachel Weisz, Miranda Richardson and Kevin Spacey along with a few surprises...totally a movie you can watch a few times and then a few more...
Fred Claus is a creative twist to typical Christmas and Santa Claus movies. I like the story and how it evolved. This movie tells the story of Fred, Santa Claus' brother. Fred is the polar opposite (pun intended) of his brother in regards to being fun loving, giving, etc. Simply put, Fred is a scrooge and in this flick, he needs his brother's help. The rest of the story you have to see for yourself. Vince Vaughn is his usual fast talking comical self. I would buy this DVD and add it to my collection.