Parents' Guide to

Fred Claus

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Holiday comedy's no classic, but it's OK for kids.

Movie PG 2007 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Missing race

In sending presents to various families in the world, the movie failed to show a family in AFRICA receiving present. Meanwhile, the content was mentioned by Santa in the movie. A "Black" family receiving a present could do

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Great messages
age 7+

Fun Movie for Kids

My kids enjoyed the movie, which is what really matters. I thought it was cheesy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (11):

FRED CLAUS is unlikely to become a contemporary Christmas classic, but it features a top-notch cast, slapstick gags, and plenty of North Pole mayhem. Most of the film's humor comes from Vaughn in improv mode. His lightning-paced delivery is always a treat. However, the entire movie, goes on a tad long, especially considering that family comedies are usually 90 minutes (Fred clocks in at 116).

Even a 5-year-old can tell early on that Fred will rise to the occasion to save his brother -- not to mention all the Christmas-celebrating children of the world -- from a toy-less, Santa-less holiday. But by the time "Silent Night" starts playing, even the Grinchiest viewer will feel a slight tug on the heartstrings, even if it's predictable movie manipulation.

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