Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fred Claus |
Actors: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Miranda Richardson
Director: David Dobkin
Genres: Kids & Family
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/25/2008 Run time: 116 minutes Rating: Pg
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A good Christmas 2007 movie
Don't tread on me | North Carolina, USA | 12/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the month or so as well as the past year or two, Hollywood has been releasing a string of disappointing or downright bad Christmas movies (The Golden Compass, Happy Feet, Deck the Halls). Thankfully, Fred Claus was a pleasant surprise.
I agree with some of the reviews. This is not the funniest Christmas movie that I have seen. Then again, it does not really need to be. Vaughn is funny overall. He was funnier than he was in 'The Break-Up' (not hard to do). It is generally a good story with a fair amount of good laughs along with a good, semi-touching story.
The other thing I do when I see a Christmas movie is ask "Do I want to add this to my movie collection when it comes out on DVD?" My answer is definitely yes.
In summary, it is fairly good movie. It is worth seeing. You decide after that if it is good enough to add to the home Christmas movie collection.
Judge for yourself
Steve | Virginia | 11/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I read many reviews from both Amazon and other print sources and the overwhelming reaction to Fred Claus was one of disappointment and worse. This won't be the first nor last time I am glad I looked into something for myself instead of trusting others. I don't know if it is my own sordid, pathetic personal life history or what, but this movie touched me and I left the movie emotionally moved and struck by how something advertised as your typical holiday comedy fare (read: stupid and infantile) could have delivered such a blow to my heart.
Vince Vaughn, who is the Bill Murray of his generation, delivers an endearing performance, Paul Giamatti is, as always, brilliant, and the rest of the cast is very good. The plot is simple enough but the undercurrent of family relationships and how they can influence people throughout their life hit me hard. One last positive - the soundtrack is a wonderful mix of seasonal favorites old and new with the bonus of a haunting Silent Night by Sinead O'Connor (which just sent me over the teary edge) and the Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley by the Hawaiian singer whose name I can neither remember nor spell.
Fred Claus will not make you throw out It's A Wonderful Life or even Rudolph the Reindeer, but it is heartwarming and deserves to be judged before dismissed as yet another warmed over holiday leftover."
Quirky Happy Christmas Film
fantasy fan 101 | 11/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vince Vaughn makes an excellent jaded older brother of Santa Claus. Only Vince Vaughn can play such a sarcastic character and pull-off also having a heart of gold. It's similar to his character in Dodgeball, but with a little more bite. His clever wit alone makes this film worth seeing. Paul Giamatti makes an excellent St. Nick - a seemingly perfect and nice Santa Claus who is also very human (imagine a chubby Claus maniacally driving a snowmobile through Santa's village). The film is fresh for adults, while still being cute, and has a happy ending full of all the Christmas cheese one expects from a Christmas film. Overall the film is very satisfying. The true estimate of a good film lies in the number of watches it has, and this film has several."
Good Object Lesson for Brothers!
D. Irvin | Cuero, TX, USA | 11/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was seen by my 7 and 5 year old grandsons and myself. They both enjoyed the entire film (as I did). They both also got the object lesson! Families aren't perfect, don't always get along, have issues, but in the end they stick together. They talked about how Fred and Nicholas treated each other for two days after, and what was right and what was wrong. It may not be a classic, but these two little boys got it! If you have sibling rivalry between younger children. Take them."