Starring: Vince Vaughn • Paul Giamatti
OK, I have a confession to make. When I first saw the ads for this movie, I wanted to hate it. The ads did absolutely nothing for me. I remember thinking, “This is going to be one stupid movie.” Because of this, I never did go see it while it was in theaters.
Nope. I waited until it was out on DVD and cable and then I saw it by accident. One night, while I was having trouble sleeping, I turned on the TV and Fred Claus was one of the offerings that evening. Since I am a Christmas fanatic and it was May, I decided to watch the movie.
Boy was I ever surprised! This movie was actually very good. It was funny, warm and touching, with a little edge to it. It goes to show that you really can’t judge a book by its cover or, in this case, judge a movie by its TV ad.
You can bet that this movie has made it’s way into our annual Christmas movie rotation.
Tim’s Grade: A-