After passing himself off as a charity bell-ringer in part of his latest con job, he finds himself in the big house with one phone call and only one person who can bail him out: dear old brother Nick. In the end, it amounts to not much of both. Is it the best movie holiday ever? By the time the end of the second hour rolled around I was catatonic. When he laughs, his belly shakes like a bowl full of cement. Do not, on any account, watch this thing that dares to call itself a film.
This movie is such a cash grab, feeding on Christmas commercialism. Spacey brings his game face, but his turns usually end as unfunnily vapid. In the present-day, it is revealed that when Nick becomes a saint due to all his good deeds, he, Fred, and Mother and Father Claus become frozen in time, never to age. Sitting down at the dinner table, Mother Claus continues to praise Nick, while Fred storms out and heads to Frosty's Tavern, an elf bar, where he meets Willie, who discusses his lack of self-confidence regarding Charlene. Fred Claus will make no one forget Bedford Falls, but I do not believe a Christmas film should have to reach iconic stature to succeed. Is it not common knowledge in this world that Santa has an immortal, wisecracking brother? Fred teaches Willie to dance, and Willie then falls down in front of Charlene, embarrassing himself.
So this causes both brothers to bud heads a lot. Just got back home and the kids were so excited that they laughed about it all the way home. He refuses and states that he is moving in with her. I also thoroughly enjoyed Bad Santa. While Fred starts working, Nick introduces Clyde Northcut, an efficiency expert who has come to evaluate the North Pole. It's getting to the point where I'd go to see any movie with Paul Giamatti in it, and though you'd think he's not physically right for the role of Santa Claus, he makes it work.
So, take a break and enjoy the movie for what it is. Vaughn plays Fred, Nick's Giamatti older and estranged brother, who once upon a time, left him and their parents Bates and Trevor Peacock after having had enough of enduring his parents' favoritism of his younger sibling. Clyde uses Fred's mayhem against Santa and promptly shuts the North Pole down. Kevin Spacey's character Clyde comes to the North Pole to investigate why The North Poles production has decreased over the last few years. I did not think it was that funny, but she sure did! Don't expect a master piece, just know that it is a movie that will entertain you for couple of hours.
Interestingly, I think this movie appeals more to adults than very small children. The elves quickly make them. My partner and I loved this movie. Vaughn, Giamatti and Spacey are excellent in their respective roles. In conclusion, its a very entertaining and enjoyable movie with a very good message. While it checks all the right boxes for a feel-good family picture, it still leaves a lot to be desired.
The special effects are also excellent: seamless and effective - the North Pole never looked better ;- In short, this is a fun and funny Christmas movie. I found this particular film both entertaining and moving, which is all I usually ask, particularly of a Holiday film. At 45 mins another group walked out of the cinema and I had to fight myself not to join them, bearing in mind that I was supervising young children. Second, Kevin Spacey is amazing once again as the villain! In a humorous scene during his deliveries, Fred mistakenly goes down the chimney of a house belonging to a family and they respond by offering him and. Third, Rachel Weisz is adorable as the girlfriend of Fred Clause. It's not the worst movie I ever saw, but it's on the really really bad Christmas movie list. I'm sure this movie would be great for young kids, but for adults it's so lame that it's chore to sit through.
Kathy Bates, Trevor Peacock, Elizabeth Banks, Bobb'e J. I gave it a 10 to try and drown out some of the 1's. On the other hand this is one of those dumps that makes you realize anybody can be a Hollywood filmmaker. Don't just blame the writers. I thought Vince Vaughn played his typical character, which is always good for a laugh or two, though rarely one you would choke yourself on. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a repo man who then steals what he Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brother's very large shadow.
There's good music featured throughout as well, and not all of it necessarily being Christmas tunes. Once Fred and Willie arrive at the North Pole, Nick welcomes Fred and shows him around the North Pole. Sucking up to dumb kids and mindless adults. Well actually we took them to two. Not a great flick, and unlikely to become must-viewing for anyone's annual Christmas traditions.