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Bad Santa (2012)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Cast : Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham

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Synopsis; Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who’s led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who’s convinced he’s the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie’s heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who’s onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice?

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Watch Bad Santa Full Movie: Typically, around Christmas you will find yourself watching a generic, feel-good, moralistic “Christmas movie”, Bad Santa is the “reversed” version of the Christmas genre. For those of you who are fed-up with clichéd Christmas films, Bad Santa is the perfect film for you, as it is an entirely altered perception of a now-consumerist holiday. No, Bad Santa is not It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and nor is it Home Alone, yet it still incorporates features from all of those films and that is what makes it such a special take on the Winter holiday.

Watch Bad Santa Full Movie: Willie (played by Billy Bob Thornton) is a perverted, alcoholic, part-time conman, who during the Christmas season indolently works in shopping malls with his fellow criminal in disguise, Marcus (Tony Cox). Willie dresses as Santa, while Marcus (the more professional of the pair) acts the elf, due to his height. Throughout the tedious Christmas period, the pair use their job at the mall to exploit the opportunity to rob the store overnight. While working at a mall in Arizona, Willie meets a child who teaches him the meaning of Christmas, whilst falling in love with an attractive waitress and having law-enforcement hot on his trail.

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Watch Bad Santa Full Movie: When a film starts off with a guy in a Santa outfit, sitting at a bar, drinking his life away you know you are not watching your average tale of “good tidings”. From the crude opening narration, to the wonderfully inflated finale, Bad Santa is a taste of comedic genius. Billy Bob Thornton performs as a crude, dishonest cynic who hates everyone and everything. Bringing comedic energy and offensive characteristics to his character he impeccably balances the grumpy scrooge of Christmas with heart. I honestly believe that Billy Bob Thornton’s performance in Bad Santa was worthy of an Oscar nomination.

Watch Bad Santa Full Movie: It is not a case of whether you are a lover of Christmas or not –although, it would come as an advantage when viewing the film- as Bad Santa is continually entertaining and at times, even charming. Through its witty script, fuelled by grumpy, drunken humour it is almost impossible not to become entranced by the inconsiderate lines of raucous profanity. Director, Terry Zwigoff proves his quirky talent once again, after the success of 2000’s Ghost World. Bad Santa is comedic bliss and a highly recommended comedy for fans of something a little more extreme than the average, feel-good Hollywood extravaganza.

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A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie

A Christmas Story 2 (2012)
Director: Brian Levant
Cast : Daniel Stern, Braeden Lemasters, Stacey Travis

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Synopsis; The original 100% all-American Christmas continues five years later with Ralphie, Randy, Mom, and The Old Man. Now Ralphie has his eyes fixed on a car. But trouble is sure to follow.

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Watch A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie: Now we know the story of “A Christmas Story” by now. Not just the plot of the movie, but the story of the movie itself. Holiday movie based on Jean Shepherd’s writings comes out in 1983, doesn’t exactly set the world on fire. Then said movie hits cable and home video, and builds a following until it becomes a full-fledged Christmas icon and has its own 24-hour marathon. Not to mention tons of merchandising, and so what happened almost 3 decades later was probably more inevitable than Mrs. Parker asking Ralphie what he wanted for Christmas. Warner Premiere’s direct to DVD “official” sequel, “A Christmas Story 2.” Yes, without using any Jean Shepherd material, nor Shep being here to offer input or a role.

Watch A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie: I’ve been a fan of “A Christmas Story” from the start, laughing at the commercials and going to the theater to see it when I was 6. I’d always watch it on HBO, and as I grew up, I bought the VHS and later DVD. I hope to one day take a trip to Cleveland to visit the Christmas Story House. So I guess I was compelled either way to give this sequel a look, no matter the potential for a train wreck.

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Watch A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie: “A Christmas Story 2” takes place six years after the original. Ralphie is now 15 years old and has a new Christmas wish: a new car. However, unlike his quest for the Red Ryder BB gun, this one takes a backseat to other wacky holiday time antics. The car is actually the means to another end, as Ralphie wants to impress dream girl Drucilla (not Esther Jane, his love interest in the Shepherd stories who did cameo in the first movie). And that too is overshadowed when Ralphie takes the car for a test drive and ends up wrecking it. Now he must earn $85 to pay for the damage. Can he do it, with the help of his ever-present friends Flick and Schwartz? Meanwhile, kid brother Randy lives out Buck Rogers fantasies, the Old Man is still battling the furnace and has developed a sudden frugality (what happened to the “Arab trader” who’d make deals to get the perfect tree?) as well as an interest in ice fishing, and we get some appearances by familiar places, things, and jokes.

Watch A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie: And therein lays the first problem with this film. It comes off as a glorified ad for the first movie (and its merchandise too, perhaps?), “highlighted” by the return of its most famous item, the Leg Lamp. Other half-baked references include Ralphie’s car being wrecked in slow motion, as an excuse to revisit his “Ohhh fudge” exclamation; Flick voluntarily sticking his tongue into a pneumatic tube (seriously, he does it on his own accord, did his original experience make him a masochist?); and Ralphie using his earned money to take a homeless family to the Chop-Suey diner, which is rendered useless due to political correctness, but hey, at least you’re reminded to buy a figurine of the restaurant to complete your collection! Other than the shameless revisiting of the original, “A Christmas Story 2” also cannot shake the direct-to-DVD/borderline sitcom feel.

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Watch A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie: Indeed, a teen’s quest for a car, and having to raise money to make up for damage caused by some antic, are both hackneyed television tropes you would think would have been below Bob Clark’s standards (then again, he did direct “Baby Geniuses”…). The movie’s highest profile star, Daniel Stern, plays the Old Man like a gruff caricature of Darren McGavin. I am sure someone considered it “clever” casting because he was on a TV show where a narrator revisited his youth. The subtle and charming humor of the original film is missing here as well, as seen in young Randy’s dropping of several S.O.B. bombs. Remember how much you loved Ralphie doing the same after being duped by Little Orphan Annie? You’ll love it being repeated in clusters, in the first few minutes of the film! And where the original’s department store Santa was mostly scary because, well, store Santas are scary, the sequel’s Santa is a nasty man who can’t stop complaining about his wife’s affairs.

Watch A Christmas Story 2 Full Movie: The people behind “A Christmas Story 2” may not shoot their eye out, but they sure shot themselves in the foot. This 90-minute ad/sitcom should serve as a warning that cashing in on nostalgia doesn’t always work, without the organic elements that gave the originals their heart and entertainment value. The past is better revisited than recreated.

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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (1983)
Director: Bob Clark
Cast : Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

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Synopsis; Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range Shot 200 BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother’s immediate reaction is that he’ll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun?

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Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: A Christmas Story touches my heart as does no other film, and I know the reason for this is because it reminds me so much of my own 1950’s boyhood. For sure it strikes a nerve in persons of my generation. This is Bob Clark’s masterpiece and I know I am not the only person who feels this way.

Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: I am going to assume that, if you are reading this, chances are you have seen the film; indeed, probably have seen it countless times as I have. This is not a film review in the normal sense. It is more a reminiscence and appreciation of a great story captured for all time in moving pictures which, in turn, captured the essence of the time and place of its setting; that time and setting being a typical town in Indiana during Christmas season in the 1940s as we observe a typical family (the Parkers) with two young sons named Ralphie and Randy.

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Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: Most of us over the age of 50 can relate very well to the story’s key elements. I recall vividly family outings to crowded downtown sidewalks, Mom and Dad squeezing in a season’s worth of shopping in one day and doing it under the nose of one who had a visit to Santa Claus on his mind. Staring at the prominent HIGBEES sign in the downtown square, I could almost see the words John A. Brown in its place. Browns was the main department store in my hometown of Oklahoma City and the place where I would make my annual visit with Santa Claus.

Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: I am sure most who have seen the film realize this is Ralphie’s story, but Melinda Dillon as the typical 1940’s stay-at-home mom and Darren McGavin as the grumpy but kindly father made the story work. The stove in the Parker’s kitchen reminds much of the one my grandmother had, and the rest of the house reminded me of the home my other grandparents lived in. As you see, viewing A Christmas Story is always a magical experience for me. It is almost as if Mr. Clark made this film with Tom Fowler in mind.

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Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: There are so many comments to make. It will be impossible to relate them all in a short review, but here are some that I know people my age will be most familiar with:

Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: Beautiful toys displayed in department store windows. The agonizingly long wait for toys ordered via mail and learning too late they are not quite what was expected. The excitement of buying a Christmas tree, the joy of setting it up and how much bigger Christmas trees seemed then. Neighborhood bullies who were not nearly as tough as they seemed. Ralphie wanting a BB gun more than life itself. Mom covering trouble for Ralphie to his dad, and the same mom making him eat soap for uttering words — learned from Dad. Randy sitting underneath the kitchen sink when depressed. A panicky visit to a tired Santa. An unwanted gift from a well-meaning aunt. The furious unwrapping of gifts on Christmas morning. I could go on and on. I will make two more observations and then will sign off and let somebody else speak.

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Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: In the film’s sweetest scene, we see Dad coming through for his son at the last possible moment. To see the look on young Ralphie’s (ably played by Peter Billingsley) face as he unwraps his best and last gift is one of filmdom’s true golden moments.

Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: But, for me the best moment was the last. Ralphie is in bed at film’s end. We see snow outside and Ralphie dreaming of his wonderful gift, as the story’s author and narrator Jean Shepherd, speaking as the grown up Ralphie, realizes this was the best Christmas he ever had, or ever would have.

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Watch A Christmas Story Full Movie: If you are middle age or older and have not seen A Christmas Story, you are perhaps unaware that you have cheated yourself. Buy or rent the 2003 20th anniversary DVD. It will be the best money you spend this Christmas — or any Christmas.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)
Director: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Cast : James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

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Synopsis; Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

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Watch Arthur Christmas Full Movie: Arthur Claus (James McAvoy) is the bumbling son of the reigning Santa, Malcolm Claus (Jim Broadbent). Arthur is relegated to the Letter Department where he can presumably do no damage. Arthur’s brother Steve (Hugh Laurie) is the heir apparent to the title of Santa. Steve is handsome, confident, and in charge of the North Pole command center that monitors Santa’s gift-giving flight around the world. The film opens with a bravura set piece showing how Santa is able to stop in millions of homes in one night. Hint: he has the help of thousands of elves.

Watch Arthur Christmas Full Movie: When Arthur discovers that one gift was accidentally undelivered, he becomes determined to get it to the unfortunate girl before Christmas sunrise. Even with the help of his retired grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a perky elf (Ashley Jensen) from the Wrapping Department, can Arthur travel around the world in time?

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Watch Arthur Christmas Full Movie: There have been many movies over the years where Christmas must be saved from disaster, but Arthur Christmas has a very creative take on it. From the opening scene where it’s established that Santa is really a dynasty through the centuries, a title handed down from father to son, to the paramilitary operation to get millions of presents delivered in one night, to the misadventures of Arthur and his grandsanta as they try to make sure one little girl is not disappointed, Arthur Christmas is fun, creative, and original. Produced by Aardman Animations in association with Sony Pictures Animation, this CGI animated film delivers Aardman’s distinct brand of quirky humor and style.

Watch Arthur Christmas Full Movie: The art direction maintains the slightly skewed look of an Aardman claymation film. The character designs are asymmetric and the surface textures are realistic yet bold. The North Pole command center and Santa’s high-tech sleigh are clean and modern.

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Watch Arthur Christmas Full Movie: Sometimes celebrity voice talent backfires, but here it works beautifully, the English accents lending a sense of gravity that heightens the silliness. Bill Nighy is particularly good, conveying wisdom that is tinged with resentment of the modern gift-delivery methods his son and grandson use.

Watch Arthur Christmas Full Movie: Arthur Christmas is a funny, heartwarming, and poignant look at the Santa Claus mythos, adding a family dynamic that will resonate with children and adults. I expect Arthur Christmas will become a joyful holiday favorite for years to come.

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Four Christmases

Four Christmases (2008)
Director: Seth Gordon
Cast : Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen

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Synopsis; Brad and Kate have been together three years, in love, having fun, doing all sorts of things together with no intention of marriage or children. Christmas morning, they’re on their way to Fiji, having told their two sets of divorced parents that they’re off to do charity work. Through a fluke, they have no choice but to visit each of their four idiosyncratic parents. As the day progresses, Brad and Kate remember growing up, each learns more about the other, and Kate realizes that her life may not be as good as it could be. Do they know each other well enough to weather the storms families bring?

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Watch Four Christmases Full Movie: Ah the Christmas movie, is there anything more fitting and resembling of its subject matter when it comes to big screen adaptations? Much like the holiday season itself however, one can’t assume absolute objectivity; Christmas is undoubtedly a holiday that is about family, joy and celebration and yet there are hordes of people who anticipate the ringing on sleigh bells with about as much excitement as a turkey waiting to be put into an oven. Four Christmases surprisingly accommodates this somewhat polarising aspect of the holiday during its initial stages, but then promptly spirals into cliché storytelling for the sake of proving a warm and fuzzy ending to melt the bitter snow in our hearts. What’s most surprising however is that the movie’s sugary latter half actually works a whole lot better than its former, as director Seth Gordon never quite hits the ball on his intended edgy comedy routines. In the end what you end up with is something akin to a dangerously half-cooked turkey dinner that has its moments and yet fails to satisfy because of the amount of picking you have to do. It’s standard Christmas-time affair that will be sure to mildly please those who are into such a thing, but for the rest of us, it’s just another thing on the list to avoid.

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Watch Four Christmases Full Movie: The name of the game this time around is, yes, you guessed it; family. Well, that, and dysfunction (of course). Four Christmases, a movie about finding out about the real joys of life –which resolve to be not exotic holidays or gifts, but real, honest companionship- never goes anywhere new with what it has to say; if you’ve seen any number of cookie-cutter Christmas movies, you’ve pretty much seen this. To its advantage and at times disadvantage, the script penned by a whole array of writers I’m not even going to bother listing does broaden its horizons with comedy that stays true to the sub genre’s a-typical formula but branches off with a little more risqué material. As to whether or not the risks reap any rewards is something of a mixed bag; there are moments when Four Christmases is genuinely funny, and the performances do well to get this across, but with far too many misses and an overwhelming lack of such instances, the movie certainly isn’t going to have you out of your seat. That of course doesn’t mean that there isn’t fun to be had here, because there is; this is a feature that is bound to lightly amuse more than cause a ruckus of laughter, and for that there is a certain amount of praise warranted.

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Watch Four Christmases Full Movie: Where Four Christmases slips up quite often though lies in the tepid romance that is supposed to be getting some analytical treatment here. The story of Brad and Kate is not a new one; madly in love for three years, the two have been sharing a life of luxury together for a long time now, and yet never really got to know each other in the process. The movie opens with a rather striking sequence that even shows the two role-playing in public as cooked up personas, which is interesting considering how little time they have spent getting to know each other. Of course, this is an interesting premise, but little is done to capitalise on it script wise. When it comes to the performances of Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, the dynamism and chemistry is just as rigid and dead; there is no believable spark present and no genuine moments of heart-warming romance. In fact, the most believable moments that occur between Vaughn and Witherspoon is when they are at odds with each other; again this plays into the movie’s much more engaging comedic edge, but does little to pad out the silliness. On their own, the two thespians provide great performances respectively, but brought together there’s an imbalance that never quite allows either of them to connect.

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Watch Four Christmases Full Movie: If there’s one thing that the movie does get right however, it’s conveying the frantic chaos inherent to the holiday, especially when it comes to family celebrations and get-togethers. Of course it’s standard fare that has been done countless other times in far greater features, but in amongst the many problems that Four Christmases suffers from, such moments of awkward and often slapstick family confrontations fulfil their purpose of tickling the audience far greater than any of the other lacking elements. For a Christmas movie, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either; throwing in sporadic comedy and fun with lukewarm romance and lazy plotting, Four Christmases isn’t anything new for holiday movie lovers to soak up, but it certainly isn’t anything to loose any sleep over either. Instead it simply exists as a throw away for a couple of hours of silly entertainment to lighten the spirits; it may not do its job coherently, but it does so enough to satisfy those that target such affairs.

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Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation (1989)
Director: John Hughes
Cast : Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis

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Synopsis; It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

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Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: Poor Clark Griswold, no matter how optimistic he is, his family vacations always seem to go severely wrong. First time around he went across America in a metallic pea Station Wagon and it ended in disaster. Then they went across Europe and met similar, albeit much less funny, results.

Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Griswolds, Clark is food additives expert who works for a company that doesn’t appreciate him. He sets high standards for holiday events that no one can live up to and is notorious for dragging his grudging family along on every painstaking detail of every scheme. His wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) is the voice of reason, who keeps the family rooted in reality and responds with frequent deadpan bewilderment to his constant disasters. The long-suffering kids, Russ and Audrey (Johnny Galecki and a very young Juliette Lewis) have turned into the living embodiment of pure cynicism, but there’s no talking any sense into Clark Griswold. Ever!

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Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: But now Clark just wants to stay at home in the snowy Chicago suburbs for a ‘fun, old-fashioned, family Christmas’ and he’s going to let nothing stop him. His enthusiasm for the holidays manages to infect the audience and you’ll be rooting for him the whole way. He’s an anti-Scrooge and if you’re having a Christmas crisis then you need to watch this movie. Any disasters can be overcome.

Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: But that’s easier said than done. He didn’t bargain on bickering family members (including the voice of Betty Boop, Mae Questel, as a senile old aunt), a house covered in non-working Christmas lights, a seriously over-cooked turkey, snotty Yuppie neighbors making fun of him or Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his hickabilly family turning up unannounced to sponge some Christmas cheer off him.

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Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: What stops it from being just another generic Christmas movie is a brilliant script by John Hughes packed full of hilarious set-pieces and perfect comic timing from Chevy Chase. He’s a great actor but his appeal sadly declined in the 90s when he refused to evolve into more serious roles like Bill Murray did. Clark Griswold and Fletch are probably his most famous roles and this Vacation is definitely one you need to take.

Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: It’s hard to pick the best moments but Randy Quaid’s sudden appearance will make you grin a mile wide, a cat wrapped up in a box (with Happy Birthday paper!) that meets an unfortunate end and ‘an asshole in his bathrobe emptying a chemical toilet into the sewer’ are just plain brilliant. But what gives Christmas Vacation something more that makes it so much more special that all the other Christmas movies is that wonderful theme song! It’s absolutely brilliant! But that ain’t the only great tune the film as to offer. There are also some classic songs by Ray Charles, Bing Crosby and Gene Autry.

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Watch Christmas Vacation Full Movie: Although not the best of the bunch (Harold Ramis’ direction had an evil edge to the first film that made it just that little bit better), this film has become a Yuletide classic and must be watched every year. Since Christmas is full of annual traditions this film is definitely one you should add to the list. It would criminal to give it anything less that the highly coveted 10/10.

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Fred Claus (2007)
Director: David Dobkin
Cast : Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks

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Synopsis; During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick’s saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa’s facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it’s not pleasant. Fred’s job is to review charts and determine who’s naughty and who’s nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired?

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Watch Fred Claus Full Movie: Fred Claus has become one of my favorite Christmas movies. Directed by Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, the movie stars Vince Vaughn as title character.

Watch Fred Claus Full Movie: I like how Dobkin starts the movie out with how Santa come to be, but continues to show that movie is about Santa’s older brother, Fred. The early part of the movie shows some good character development in establishing who Fred and Nick are and how they relate to each other.

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Watch Fred Claus Full Movie: I liked how Dobkin transitions into the modern day as it shows that Fred has become a repo man, yet at Christmastime his brother is everywhere. Fred cannot avoid him. The story then focuses on how Fred needs money to achieve his dream of owning a casino. Fred tries to get money by ringing a bell and asking like the Salvation Army. This causes him to be chased down by dozens of guys dressed up as Santa and be put in jail. Reluctantly, he goes to his brother for help. Nick tells him that he will bail him out, but for the rest of the money Fred needs, he has to come up to the North Pole and earn it.

Watch Fred Claus Full Movie: Vaughn is just excellent and shows how great he can be working with Dobkin. At times, it does feel like that he is just being himself, but every actor does just that. Vaughn makes a great effort at making Fred a well-rounded character, who at first seems like a cold guy, but he does have a heart and proves that to everyone.

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Watch Fred Claus Full Movie: Paul Giamatti is great in his supporting role as Santa. He does an excellent job at making Santa a very well-rounded emotional character, who is trying to keep his cool with Fred, his wife (Miranda Richardson), and an efficiency expert named Clyde Northcott played by Kevin Spacey. Richardson and Spacey are both great at playing their parts. Richardson makes Mrs. Claus out to be someone who thinks Fred is just up to no good and mooching off of his brother. Spacey is excellent at making Northcott a guy who hates Christmas, has a grudge against Santa, and is making it his mission to put an end to Santa.

Watch Fred Claus Full Movie: Kathy Bates does a fine job as Fred and Nick’s nagging mom, who makes it obvious that she favors Nick more than Fred. John Michael Higgins does some good work as Willie, Santa’s head elf. Higgins makes the role really believable as he shows that Willie is more than an elf.

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Two other performances I liked were from two of my favorite actresses. Rachel Weisz plays Fred’s girlfriend Wanda. Wanda is a cop and she cannot always stand Fred’s behavior and antics, yet she cannot stay mad at him forever. Weisz is just great as she shows she has talent as a comedy actress. The other one is Elizabeth Banks, as she fits the role of Charlene, Santa’s helper who is great working with numbers. Banks is very attractive in the skirt her character wears and takes her role that could have been one dimensional and made it into something fun to watch.

There are also great work from the art department and costume designer. The art department did an excellent job at making the North pole look amazing and very believable as to what Santa’s workshop might look like. The costume designer does a great job with the wardrobe for all the characters, especially the diverse costumes for the elves.

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I think the best of it was the Dobkin never forgot that he was making a comedy. Dobkin excellently makes sure that it is a nice, feel good Christmas movie, but also includes laughs in every scene. Like Fred says, “Everyone deserves a present.” This movie is a real treat to watch around the holidays. This is a very good movie and while it is very funny, it also has some heart to it.

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