So, this house moving lark is pretty stressful. I don’t know where I’d be without my family. Hey, that links to today’s film, it’s almost as if I planned it.
And today it’s…
12th December, Day 42
Fred Claus (David Dobkin, 2007)
Vince Vaughn is Fred Claus, a man over-shadowed by his brother: Nick (Paul Giamatti), as in Saint Nick. Nick and Fred never get along, starting when Nick decides to give away all their presents to local orphans.
While Nick grows up to be the beloved Santa Claus, Frank becomes a selfish and grumpy repo man. When he gets arrested and needs bail money, Nick agrees on the condition that he comes to the North Pole and earn it. Nick arrives at the same time as “efficiency expert” Clyde Northcutt (Kevin Spacey), who finds plenty of problems with the set up at the North Pole – problems that Fred only exacerbates.
With Nick suffering from stress, and eventually a back injury from a fight with Fred, the North Pole is thrown into chaos, as Northcutt looks like he might be about to shut the whole operation down. And when Fred leaves with his money, it looks like things are going to go horribly wrong. But a Siblings Anonymous meeting, Fred realises he has to step up and live up to the family name – can he get around Northcutt and deliver the world’s Christmas presents?
Storywise, this is a pretty mediocre film, and is not that removed from Vince Vaughn’s usual man-child fare. However, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Kathy Bates, and Kevin Spacey are all great, playing their roles pretty straight! There’s also a surprisingly sweet romance between John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.
What makes this memorable is Siblings Anonymous, the support group for people with famous brothers. We get Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin, and Roger Clinton all dropping in for cameos. That belongs in a better film, but it’s the highlight of Fred Claus.
Overall, I give this
3 out of 5 Gold rings.
Tomorrow I go into my comfort zone even more as I head into a trilogy of wrestler starring movies with The Miz in SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER! Alas, it’s not a biopic of The Simpsons dog.
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far.
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers
11th December, Day 42: Fred Claus