Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film produced and directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan Fogelman and Jessie Nelson, and starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. The film begins in Middle Age Europe, where a woman gives birth to a baby. Within a few minutes of his birth, the baby starts saying: "Ho, ho, ho!". Mother Claus (Kathy Bates) calls her son, Frederick (Vince Vaughn) over to meet his new brother, whom she has decided to name him Nicholas (Paul Giamatti). Mother Claus lovingly refers to the new baby as her little Saint Nick, while Fred promises to be the best big brother ever. During Christmas, when Nick opens his gifts including Fred's, he decides to give them away to orphans which angers Fred. Mother Claus advises Fred to be a better person; this in turn causes Fred to resent Nick. Feeling isolated, Fred often meets a bird to confide about his problems.
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